|View from our hotel window|
Next day, it was off to the transport museum where husband could feast his eyes on all kinds of trains - a long-time interest of his. I love the steam trains but I was very taken with the Dandy Car that used to be pulled by a horse. We even tried the Mallard Experience, though not the full simulated version. It's such a huge, busy place that we were glad to have gone first thing in the morning and left after lunch.
York itself is so old that a few of the buildings around the narrow Shambles area look in danger of falling down but that's part of their charm. I loved the quirky names and features we suddenly came upon, like the figure of Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts. No visit to York is complete without tea and cake at the famous Betty's Tearoom, but be prepared to wait for a table. It is such an icon that people queue to get in but it's worth it for the beautiful pot of real tea served with a little tea strainer and the cakes are an added attraction!
One of the other attractions I really wanted to visit was the Castle Museum as I had a vague recollection of it from many years ago, before I was so interested in writing about the past. Neither of us was disappointed as it has something for everyone, from recreated rooms, to childhood toys and a Victorian Street complete with various shops. There was a new section recreating elements of the First World War, where we had to walk through corridors lined with sandbags like in the trenches. Although fascinating, we didn't want to dwell on the awful facts again as it's too horrible to think of the numbers of young men sent out to die, but it would be ideal for anyone writing about that period.
Wonder where the next RNA regional event will be and if I can wangle a few days away again?