Cool York…and the Benefits of having your own Personal Tour Guide!

Yes it’s true, Mrs Lighty goes on UK breaks too!   And last weekend I was lucky enough to visit the wonderful city of York; as one of my most loveliest friends is currently living there whilst studying at York University, myself and another one of my lovely friends thought it was high time we went to visit – and we weren’t disappointed!

Seeing the city through the eyes of an honourary local

My lovely friend and I have followed our other lovely friend all over the place since her studies have began; so far we have been to Frakenthal in Germany, St. Andrew’s in Scotland and York in, well, England (!), and one of the great things about visiting a friend who lives in the place you’re visiting is that you get your very own personal tour guide (particularly if your friend is like mine and soaks up facts like a sponge!)!
York Minster
And so it was that we were given facts about the beautiful old city.  Did you know that one of the windows in the Minster is as big as a tennis court?  And that the city walls are among the most complete in the UK?  Even in the rain and drizzle the sheen could not be taken away from this wonderful city; yes, the Ouze had flooded, and we had to put up our umbrellas whilst walking the city walls, but it didn’t stop us from finding spot upon picturesque spot for photo opportunities galore and making the most of the beauty of York.

The Ouse

Cool York

What also struck me about York was just how so darn cool it was.  Of course, there’s the history and the stunning buildings, but there’s also the cool antiques shops (where lovely friend and I fell in love with beautiful 1940s rings which we couldn’t afford!), and the market selling unusual bits and bobs ,and The Shambles, an extremely pretty street selling everything from glasswear to soap!
As well as mooching in the gift and homeware boutiques, we also ate trendy burgers in the very pretty Stonegate Yard restaurant – a gastro-pub-type establishment with a lovely heated outdoor courtyard, lit by fairy lights and located in a Georgian house.  And we had to make a stop at the Evil Eye Lounge for some fabulous cocktails too – I defy you to not find one you like the look of on the extensive menu! 

Cocktails in Evil Eye Lounge
And so we had a great time and notched up some ‘cool points’ along the way.  But the best bit about visiting York on this occasion?  Getting to catch up with my two lovely friends.  You can’t beat it.

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