Saturday 24 August 2013

Visiting York

I feel so lucky living in Newcastle as not only is it a beautiful city it also has a great train network to get me to other beautiful cities very easily.

York is somewhere that's very special to us.  It was an ideal place for our second date with Simon being able to get there in only an hour by train from Newcastle and me being able to get there very easily from London.  It was the perfect setting for a romantic date and we were so taken by it we were back again a few months later for our first weekend away.

We made a return visit today to meet some friends and loved being swept away by memories of the first few months of our relationship. 

York is so beautiful, what's not to love about gorgeous cobbled streets full of quirky shops and adorable tea rooms.  There is so much to see and do.

On this trip we spent some time in our favourite Park, the Museum Gardens.  I definitely recommend you check it out, especially if you arrive in York by train as it's so close to the station.  It has the most beautiful flowers which looked extra special today when the sun came out after a particularly heavy rain shower.  It's a perfect place for running about with your camera capturing all of the lovely colours and dancing squirrels.

Having tried a couple of different tea rooms in York this time we decided to follow the throng of tourists and give the famous Bettys a try.  Usually there are lines of people circling the building but we were lucky enough to time it right and only had a 15 minute wait.   We are usually complete suckers for afternoon tea but after seeing the very hefty £18.00 price tag and glancing at some of our fellow diners afternoon teas we decided against it.  It just didn't look like the amount of food on the cake stand justified the hefty price so we opted for sandwiches and refreshing raspberry lemonade.  I will admit we were left a little disappointed, the food was lovely but really wasn't filling and next time we will definitely return to our method of exploring little side streets and finding somewhere nice for ourselves. 

The weather was a bit temperamental today and I found it very hard to chose an outfit.   Anyone else have this problem?  What on earth do you wear when it's a wet Summer's day?  I ended up pulling out my grey skinny jeans for the first time in months and teaming it up with a black t-shirt and leather jacket.  I was thankful of my choice later in the day when the rain came, but will admit I was a tad toasty when the sun came out.    As my outfit was a little dark I decided to add a pop of colour and painted my nails neon green to match my statement necklace, slightly wacky compared to what I'd usually put on my nails but sometimes after a week in the office sticking to sensible colours it's nice to be a bit different.



  1. I love York; it's one of my favourite places! If you haven't already you must, must, must check out The Evil Eye Lounge, it's the coolest cocktail bar ever!

    Megan xxx
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  2. Argh I forgot about that! Someone else mentioned it to me as well ... oh well, good excuse to go back :)

  3. That squirrel is so adorable!
    Love how you have matched your nails to your necklace!

  4. I love York! I got engaged there :) It's my favourite place to go! Glad you had fun!

  5. Awwwwwwww did you?!! That's so lovely! Hope the wedding prep is going well x

  6. I love York. It was my university town and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Betty's is good but it is expensive for what you get. The afternoon tea is more filling that it looks. I agree with the comment above, evil eye is amazing. Coffee culture is a good hidden away cafe and oscars bar is a safe bet for big portions. Their nachos are out of this world! X

  7. Oh and if you want a more fancy 3 course meal rustique is amazing and their deal menu is a bargain!

  8. OMG all these ideas! Next time I go to York I'm coming to you first for a list of where to go .. thanks hun x


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