After arriving at York
by BritRail from London, we took a cab to our B&B,
the Saxon House Hotel. It is operated by a retired
British Army Officer and his family.
The hotel consists of about 15 guest rooms, a licensed bar, non-smoking lounge
and a dining room where the breakfasts were served.Meals were also available
later in the day in the bar area.
The blue Hyundai parked in front is the rental car provided by Avis.
The building is a cathedral because it contains the Archbishops 'cathedra" or throne but is also called a Minster because it was a center of Christian teaching or minstering.
When I first visited York back in 1962 with Anne and her mother, her mother and I climbed up this steep hill to go through the tower and climb up through winding staircases within the walls. Having been there and done that once before, I was satisfied this time to just take these pictures instead from the base of the mound.
The Vikings conquered and controlled the city from about 866 to 965. Many of the local place names that end in "gate" are derived from the Viking word for street, while the gates that go though the walls surrounding the city are known as "bars", from the Viking word for "gate". Thus a common jingle repeated by the tour guides goes like this-
"A street is a gate, a gate is a bar, and a bar is a pub."
Leaving York and inside the train station. Notice all the bikes and scooters lined up waiting for their owners to return.