Dear readers, this week, Y is for *Y*orkshire, England ...
And Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 guide rates Yorkshire third-best region in the world:
“This rough-around-the-edges gentleman of the north has kicked away the walking cane. Bradford has become the world’s first Unesco City of Film, fashion-thirsty Leeds has cut the ribbon on an ambitious retail development, the new state-of-the-art Hepworth gallery in Wakefield (below) is giving London a run for its money and Yorkshire now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other county outside London.”
As for the city of York, this was founded by the Romans under the name of Eboracum in AD 71. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik. In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading centre and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England, a role it has retained. Here are some images of the city:
York Minster (closeup, above - and below)
An aerial view of the city:
The medieval Micklegate or “Great Street” from Old Norse gata or street
13th century City walls
Different shots of the River Ouse
Renowned medieval street, The Shambles
and equally famous Swinegate
The Jorvik Viking Centre, a museum and visitor attraction, created by the York Archaeological Trust in 1984.
and finally Barley Hall, off Stonegate, a reconstructed medieval townhouse, originally built around 1360 by the monks of Nostell Priory and later extended in the 15th century:
Finally, on a completely different note, many thanks to all of you who’ve purchased my novels, The De Clerambault Code , Soul Stealer and Retribution – which I wrote about here three weeks ago. And helping The De Clerambault Code, at the time of writing, reach the top 80 eBook thrillers on Amazon!
And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers who visited or commented.
XOXO NORA & LOLA:)