So I've kind of managed to pick out the best of our pre-Christmas "Scarborough,Whitby,York adventure" photographs. It was a mad hit the road and zooom kind of trip , no luxuries or pampering , just run and pack in as much as we could in the time that we had :) It was a bit mad but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Once we had dropped the Angels of and ensured they were happy and settled we set straight off, but it still took us nearly 4 hours to reach our first destination of Scarborough, but what a beautiful night scene we were greeted with ...
Scarborough at Night! With it being Winter I hadn't expected there to be tooo much activity going on, and mostly everything was closed up, but the Christmas lights still made everything look special, even the dark and cold beach ...
All that running left us hungry so we went hunting for a supper of 'Fish & Chips' ..a must have at the seaside ..lol! Everyone was soooo famished that I didn't manage to get a photo of our huge portions before they were gobbled up and there's nothing like fresh seaside fish and chips ...very yummy :)
We were all still kind of buzzing with the excitement of our adventure, so we decided to head up the coast a ways to Whitby to see if we could find and witches and ghooooulies :)
Whitby is a lovely olde worlde coastal town, very sweet and picturesque in the daytime ... we of course were visiting in the, cold and dark, ready to be spooked and scared, Sadly we didn't find any witches or vampires ... although at times I did feel I was out with a pack of Ghouls .. . hehe
We were cold and shivering but we did enjoy wandering down the cobbled streets...
and doing so Christmas window shopping ... Hubby's favourite kind of shopping ..haha ;)
All the little streets lead upwards towards Whitby's most notorious spot ...
The formidable 199 steps...
I absolutely LOVE this photo of the grave yard that Hubby took, it reeeaally does capture how dark and spooky it was up there :) The atmosphere is fantastic if you enjoy people jumping out from behind gravestones and making you squeal with delight ... which we did in a very respectable way ... we didn't want to disturb the residents and wake anyone up ...some of those graves have been there for hundreds of years!
The Abbey itself was closed naturally and we couldn't get too close ... not that I'd want to it was quite eerie up there in the dark, we had to use the lights from our mobile phones and camera's to see where we were going, no street lights up there ...it disturbs the Vampires ;)
And if you are brave enough to turn your back on the graveyard there is a beautiful view of Whitby below to enjoy..
When we'd had our fill of scary gravestones and spookiness we headed back down the 199 stairs and headed back towards the warmth and safety of the car. Unfortunately my scariest and most embarrassing moment was yet to happen ... :(
As we walked down yet another silent, dark and very possibly haunted street ...
By this time it was getting quite late and we were cold through to the bone, so we headed back to our youth hostel and mugs of hot chocolate with lashing of whipped cream marshmallows, chocolate biscuits and a pair of very snuggly and dry Pyjama's. Our 'dorm' was a room made up of 3 sets of bunk beds and it was every man woman and child for themselves in grabbing a bunk ... I did pull matriarchal rights and insist on having a bottom bunk ... toooo many times in my life have I fallen out of the top bunk ..hahaha Sleep came quickly and very comfortably I might add :)
We awoke in the morning to this beautiful North Coast view ...
Makes you feel happy to be alive ... as long as you are snuggled up in your thick coat, and woolly hat scarf and mittens ...hehe
This is what our Youth Hostel looked like in the daylight, we were quite impressed ... it was very basic, but clean and perfectly suitable for our needs. Hubby and I even thought it had positive potential as a possible holiday retreat to bring the Angels to ... as in nothing breakable inside ...hahaha
When you go to the seaside, you have to have ice cream ... its another unwritten rule of life! :)) We didn't want to break that rule, so for breakfast we headed into Scarborough and the infamous Harbour Bar and had ice-creams breakfasts ... much to the bemusement of the locals popping in for their coffee and toast. I had the Black Cherry Amour and I can tell you it was even yummier in real life as it looks in the photo!
We are now back in the car and on schedule to hit the last leg of our adventure, so with a full tank of diesel we head back inland towards the city of York. A little bit of snoozing along the way ... fortunately driver hubby didn't need my navigational skills ... it was pretty much a straight road there ...lol
After just under an hours travel we were there ...
As we pulled up to these traffic lights our excitement was mounting as we saw the old walls and gates ( I think this was Monks Gate) It wasn't quite noon but already we could see the crowds of last minute festive shoppers building.
York is a beautiful city to visit, full of history and a magically olde worlde charm that just makes your heart sing. Down every cobbled street, around every corner there is something to gasp and marvel at, glimpses everywhere of a city rich in history from the Vikings and Romans to Dickensian and modern day enticements. The little streets lined with cobbles and buildings leaning so far inwards their roofs nearly touch, are filled with soooo many treats and temptations ... the only thing you can do is wander up and down, get lost and simply enjoy the wonderful atmosphere ...
On our whirlwind visit we also managed to see York Castle ...from a distance hehehe
And the spectacular York Minster ... WOW! .. Spectacular!!! Because it was a Sunday we weren't allowed in but we walked all the way around it and it is truly a breath taking wonder, absolutely beautiful!
We had hoped to walk around the walls of York but sadly we were just too late before the gates were closed at dusk ... hubby was very disappointed ... but yet another reason to return :)
I was tempted by some treasures in those magical shops, I couldn't resist this beautiful Bolivian teensy nativity
I didn't notice at the time ... Jacob very graciously pointed it out to me ;) but the donkey looks like he's had a little accident ...lol! Reminds me of someone else prone to piddly accidents ...hahaha
I also couldn't resist this sweet little woollen Santa, he came with his own sack too and was just too precious to leave behind ;)
So that's about it with our adventure, it was mad, fast and hair brained but oh so much fun! :)Everyone enjoyed themselves running here there and everywhere. Niece Leah got to spend some mad time with her crazy English family, Mr Boyfriend said he enjoyed being with us, I don't think he's experienced randomness like us before ..haha All tired and worn out but with happy smiley faces we made the journey home in plenty of time for snuggles with the Angels who'd enjoyed their own party festivities with their friend's at Maplewood. I hope you were able to follow everything ... maybe you'd like to come along on our next adventure ?? hehehe
Its time already now for the Old Year to end and the New one to begin. Hubby and I are home with our Angels snuggling and playing hide and seek... Niece Leah and Jacob are out partying with some friends from Church. Abigael is down in London shivering with friends waiting for the fireworks to go off, we're trying to spot her on TV ...hehehe
Wishing you a Very Happy and Peaceful New Year :)
Hugs Wendy x x