Sunday, May 30:  Welcome to Yorkshire

I got out of bed, and when everyone was ready, had breakfast. When that was over we walked back upstairs to pack our bags again. I had a little trouble, but eventually fit everything. Then I went downstairs into the lobby, and read old magazines. At that time my dad was faxing all of our tests that we took to the teachers, by the B+B’s fax machine. He thanked them, and then went up so that he could pack, and then he came back down where we were ready, wrote our names in the guest book, and left. We piled our stuff in the car, and then drove off. Today we were going to York, a city about 5 hours away from here, and we will be there for 2 nights. We had to be quiet becuase my dad was driving on the other side of the road, so I read my book. About 2 hours later we pulled into a food complex off the highway, and then got out. Sadly it was raining slightly, so we pulled out our umbrellas and walked in. We chose to eat at KFC rather than McDonalds, so I grabbed a seat and then looked at the kid menu. I got popcorn chicken with Tango orange soda and some fries. The chicken was good, and I was surprised that it had Pepsi instead of Coca-Cola. When everybody was done we walked back to the car, and resumed our driving.

2 hours later we came to a big city and were soon inside of it. We were looking for Sycamore street, where our B+B is, and it was called The Sycamore, too. We came to a small dead-end street, where it was the one at the end. We managed to park the car, and then walk inside. A girl came up and showed us our room, on the top floor, but we weren’t the only ones up there. We had two double rooms, and our parents got the bigger one, that was all red with a big window, and we got the smaller one, which had a bluer tint and a sun roof, TV, double bed, and sink. I settled in, and then went into my parent’s room to see how they were doing. They were all done, so we decided to go out and see what the town was like. We were right next to the train track on our street, so we went under a tunnel and into the main part. First we were going to look for an internet place, and we knew of two nearby. We walked through the semi-crowded streets and came to the place, but it was closed and under construction. SO.... We walked to the next one, and it was closed, too! MY dad knocked and asked them if they would be open tomorrow, and they said yes. Woo hoo! Now we could look for a place to eat tonight, but just to make a reservation. Our first stop was Mama Mia! But,(sigh) it was closed. This one wasn’t doing some rebuilding, but only then did we realize that tomorrow was a bank holiday, so a lot of things would be closed. Now we looked a little harder, and eventually found a cafe’ that would take a reservation for 6:15. It had a music theme, like a Starbucks.

Then we left, and decided to do some sightseeing. We walked to the Yorkshire Abbey first, an impressive Gothic church that reminded me of Notre Dame. It was a whitish color, and I liked it. We bought tickets and walked inside. The inside had a lot of stained glass, and was huge. There was the main part, a choir area, another service area, and side chapels. We walked into a side chapel first, to come to a circular room with a point going up. This tower/room was famous because the point had no central column, a big deal. Then we exited that area and decided to go to the choir area. An Evensong just got out, so we pushed our way through and sat down. Each singer had a wooden seat in the wall, and each had a different design on it. We read a little pamphlet, and then left. We were in the main area again, where I saw a really cool tapestry. It showed Adam and Eve, but the animals around them were really cool! They were ones you didn’t think of, like a panda, ape, donkey, peacock, and tons more! That was the last thing to see, so we left the church. We came back into the streets, and realized that we were near The Shambles, the old part of town. We decided to look through them, as they were also something to see. We noticed a great difference as we stepped into the area, with saggy buildings, and they all had the old English look, and some practically leaned into the street! We walked along, but after a while we noticed that we were outside of it, where there was a huge intersection and all kinds of cars. It was very dark and cloudy right now, and I hoped it didn’t rain. We walked across the river again (we had passed over it in The Shambles) and came down a shopping street, which we went by looking for internet. Only then did it start to sprinkle, and the sprinkle turned into rain, and the rain turned into a pour!

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Photo 292  A Field of Corn
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Photo 293  The Castle of Warwick
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Photo 294  A Peacock in Warwick
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Photo 295  A Street in the Old Part of York

We had umbrellas, but it wasn’t much use. Dad was ahead, so Mom, Robert and I jumped in a little alcove of a store to wait for it to stop. We waited for a while, because there was thunder and lightning and tons of hail, and they were big. After about 20 minutes it let up a little, and we decided to make the best of it and continue walking. I looked like an idiot in my sandals, shorts, and a t-Shirt. After a while we came to the cafe’, and walked inside. We had reserved a table, so we sat down and looked at the menu. I got some hot chocolate and a tomato pasta dish. My hot chocolate came first, and it was great when I was wet and cold. When I was slurping, my pasta came, so I ate it hungrily. It was very hot, but very good, with a great cheese on top and twisted noodles. When I was all finished my mom wanted to get some deserts for everyone, so we got a chocolate cake and a lemon tart. They both were good, but I liked the tart the best. Very full, we thanked the waiter and left to walk home. It stopped raining, which was very good as we walked home. There, I did my homework and then went to bed. Tomorrow Harry Potter 3 comes out! YES!