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Pip has attended her annual conference at York St John University and I went with her, leaving Dublin on Monday morning and returning on Friday evening.

York09York is a wonderful city. I have been lucky enough to visit three times and I never tire of it. By chance, our Wellington friends Nicky and Richard were also in York so we had a great catchup over dinner at the Lion and Lamb pub.

The north east part of the city, where we stayed and where the University is, is dominated by York Minster. You can spot its towers unexpectedly from many directions. Close by is a significant section of the medieval city wall which can be walked along for some excellent views. We attended evensong and enjoyed the choral performances and the Widor on the organ (thrilling in such a huge stone space) and then went outside to listen to some part-Mexican (so they said) buskers singing old favourites like House of the Rising Sun and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah using guitar and castanets. Weird, yes, but in a good way, and all this enjoyed sitting on a park bench across from the Minster on a perfect English summer evening. Some of the below photos were taken around 8:30pm – the sun was getting lower and the light turned the stonework to a creamy yellow which looked good against the blue sky.

I am aware that there are two sorts of people in the world – those who are endlessly fascinated by steam locomotives and those who aren’t. All right then, you don’t have to look at the photos from the York Railway Museum and I’ll never know.

A pint of Old Speckled Hen went down very nicely here
A corner of the city wall

5 thoughts on “York

  1. robert watt

    the fergusons had a wary look on railways, creagan cottage had the roof damaged by a blast when the ballachulish railway was being built , on the other hand, it did give employment and accomodation to my grandfather john, and family, in a railway hut at creagan, and at least one of his sons as a navie

  2. the eldest and most beautiful...etc...

    Hi Fergs.
    Thank you for the wonderful photos you take and post onto your blog. Am VERY impressed that they move all by themselves now ( as in one of 13 etc) Bruce… you have a great eye for balance and perspective so good on yer mate !

    Loved the shots of York with the gorgeous old buildings and especially the close ups of the catherdral with such amazing detail on the outer part. One forgets just how beautiful and painstaking the work was that went into building such things. And yes… I loved the trains too ( so you can be relieved to know that at least somebody saw them !)

    I meant to reply to your last blog about being a gentleman of leisure taking such gorgeous pics of the hidden valley etc. Keep outa work and keep taking ze photos !

    Weather ‘orrible ‘ere, so don’t come home any time soon. Mark and Gemma with me this weekend so lots of beer and food being consumed ( by Mark I hasten to add )

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Mel. Always encouraging to get your feedback, especially from someone like you with your track record in wedding photography. The places are so photogenic, the photos take themselves really.

  3. Bim

    Echo Mel’s comments. Loved the photos of York especially the beautiful light you captured on York Minster. When we were there Nige wished we had managed to have a photographic record of it so now thanks to you we have. We also enjoyed the trains so keep on clicking. Love to you both. Xxx

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