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It’s nice ‘Oop North’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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?)

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