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It’s nice ‘Oop North’


I’ve just returned from a visit ‘Oop North’ as they say. I went to visit Number 2 son in Leeds in Yorkshire. Being a Lancashire lass, I don’t know Yorkshire that well so it was fun getting to know Leeds.911351.jpg

It’s a vibrant city with great shopping (the best is in an area called the Victoria Quarter (above) – Victorian arcades which have been beautifully restored and which now house a great range of the best designer shops – including Harvey Nichols, for those of you in the know!) and an infinite number of museums, great restaurants and bars. I had a wonderful time, ate lots of lovely food and it was so nice to spend time with my son, who I don’t see so often now he is in his final year at Leeds University and working very hard. Apart from the fact it was noticeably much colder and windier when I arrived in Leeds, compared with the South coast, I had a great time.

We went to York for the afternoon yesterday. York is a beautiful city on so many levels. It is dominated by York Minster, the largest medieval gothic cathedral in Northern Europe which is stunningly beautiful. I took lots of photographs and here are some to give you an idea of the scale and beauty of the building.


This last shot is taken looking straight up into the Central Tower, the white painted ceiling is 60m high. The stained glass windows are breathtaking.


Surrounding the minster, is an area called the Shambles, a series of medieval streets and buildings, full of shops which is still a terrific shopping area.


This is the Clifford Tower, all that remains of York Castle.


I’ve had a fantastic three days, although as I didn’t take my laptop, I did get withdrawal symptoms…no blog, no emails – but I survived :-)

There has always been great rivalry between Lancashire, where I was born, and Yorkshire – at it’s worst it led to the War of the Roses (1455-1487) – a civil war between the House of Lancaster and the House of York – both claimed the throne of England. At best, it leads to great rivalry on the sports field – especially in cricket and football. Yorkshire folk are intensely proud of their county and culture and even call it ‘God’s Own County’. It has been suggested that they have a stronger allegiance to their county than their country and they pride themselves on their plain speaking :-)

To help you (and me) understand Yorkshire people here is a short video for Yorkshire Airlines.

Let’s just hope I haven’t started the second War of the Roses – I loved Yorkshire, honest! (Can you just turn the heater on before I visit again, please?)