We had a bit of a sleep in and went to breakfast about 9.30am so Andrew and I very much enjoyed this rest. Anne and Richard booked another night in the Hotel because they decided they would spend the following day exploring York a bit more so we left our bags in their room for the day and checked out.
We walked to the Jorvik Viking Centre which is a top attraction in York! Here we discovered Coppergate where the remains of 1000 year old houses were revealed beneath our feet, we explored objects taken from the excavations, and Viking-age timbers were brought before our eyes. The audio and visual displays helped us to investigate the 5-year-long dig at Coppergate and piece together the jigsaw of where the Vikings came from, why they came, how they lived and died, and where they travelled to. We explored the Viking-age city of Jorvik in a state-of-the-art time capsule where we encountered speaking citizens, saw inside their houses and back yards, experienced a blast of smoke from the blacksmith's furnace and enjoyed the smell of a home-cooked stew inside the home of of the amber worker. This was the highlight for me and I would go back to see this again! The skeletons and archeological stuff wasn't really my thing but interesting all the same!
We headed for York Minster after this but decided not to pay for the tour so we just had a look inside and Richard took some photos before we made a move to the river side to hop on a York City River Cruise. This was very nice and relaxing and the weather was stunning so we all sat on the top of the boat in the sunshine for most of the time. The commentary was informative and interesting because places of interest were pointed out as we travelled along the river.
After this we had a very late lunch again in a lovely little quaint wine bar called Wildes Bar and Bistro which had a nice variety of vegetarian food. By this time we headed back to the Hotel so that Andrew and I could collect our bags and make sure we had plenty of time to get to the station for our train back to London. Anne and Richard walked with us to the station along the city wall and waited with us until we left.
Anne and Richard will be back in London on Tuesday and will be staying with us in our wee flat for three more nights before they hop on a plane back to New Zealand. Unfortunately Andrew and I are working during this time but we will make the most of the last evenings we have together. It has all come to an end but WOW we have had an incredible time together and it has all worked out so well. We will miss them when they leave!