On a very wet Wednesday, Dave, Rob, Joy and I set off to York. It was going to be our home for a day and night on route to Countryfile Live Show.

Our exploration started with a trip to Betty’s Tea Rooms…….. we didn’t book!😳.

This was the queue!! It went all the way around the corner, there was no way we were getting in there.

So we had a selfie outside instead and had a coffee at Valerie Patisserie.

There was such a lot to do and see but with only having a few hours we condensed our sight seeing down.

The Shambles.

York Minster. Only popped in as it would have cost £44 for us all to go round!!

As the weather was a bit miserable we went into The Treasures House, National Trust. We had a very interesting tour around.

The owner removed floors to make a grand hall so the servants had to climb across the roof to get to their bedrooms. It is well worth a visit. All the people there were very informative and helpful.

My friend Joy is very special. Sunflowers in the gardens.

Very, very special……trying hats on at the Shambles. 🤣🤣

After asking a local at the National Trust for a good local pub, we headed to the The House of Trembling Madness, ( tried to link with the web site but I got told I had to check my ID….. that hasn’t happened for years🤣🤣). We were not disappointed.

Upstairs was a very old, authentic pub and downstairs was a shop selling all kinds of alcohol.

I was in my element 😳gin, gin and more gin…. heaven.

We walked along the castle walls to get back to our hotel. A very unusual experience.

The Holiday Inn was our rest stop for the night, but before we ventured to our room we had a drink…… well we waited ages for our cocktails and when they arrived there was only 1. They hadn’t got mine so I chose another one and they were both awful. Not often we get a badly made cocktail…. we still drank them though. 😁

It is Robs Birthday on 16th August so we made our evening his birthday celebration. We must have walked around York twice trying to sort out what we fancied to eat. Eventually we decided on a place called Lucia wine bar and grill.

It was an amazing place, eating areas on two sides with an outside courtyard in between. It was just like being abroad. The outside heaters reminding us of the heat from the sun. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

A pleasant walk home with the town all lit up was a delight.

Happy Birthday Rob.

Xx🐧xx