Wednesday, June 8, 2011
York: York was awesome. We had to see the Jorvik Viking Center, where I also found Scratch-n-Sniff postcards that I proudly shipped to my family. I couldn't resist. The reconstruction was great...it smelled, um, interesting. We also found the Roman baths that were there and tried on Roman armor. That was exciting. I also found a police box money bank, and I couldn't leave it there. We visited Clifford's Tower, which is on top of a big hill in the middle of the city. You can't miss it. In the 12th century, Jews and nobles were trapped inside as the townspeople rebelled. They set the Tower on fire rather than face the mob. There are stains on the wall where people were burned. And we would not have been allowed back on the coach if we did not see York Minster--a gorgeous cathedral. Five Sister’s Window is there, and it is the largest piece of stained glass in the world. There was a statue of Emperor Constantine next to York Minster, and some lunatics climbed up and sat on it. Ugh. Oh, if you go to York, you must go to Little Betty’s Tea shop. Best tea in England, expensive, but absolutely delicious. It’s right next to the House of the Trembling Madness Café.