Friday, 3 July 2015

A day in York that makes you happy to be alive

So, I had kind of a hard week (again) last week. My hen do was amazing, but as I mentioned, I got ill while I was there and it lasted a good few days into the week. I had one day off sick, but really couldn’t take more than that, and had quite a bit of travelling to do with work, which was pretty exhausting. I felt crabby and unhealthy and run down – all those feelings that you get when you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and probably over a wax burner too, and your body just doesn’t want to do it anymore.

Luckily, this weekend we headed down to York for a country wedding. York is one of those places – a bit like Cornwall – that I find is good for the soul! It’s just such a lovely, relaxing place for me with loads of happy memories, and as we were driving down on Friday night with the sun setting in the countryside around us, I could feel myself starting to unwind already.

We stayed in the most gorgeous B&B in the city centre. I’d found Southlands in the most obvious way possible – it was the top B&B on Trip Advisor! I can see why it had this title as it was absolutely lovely. The owners were so welcoming despite our lateness and we had a parking space reserved for us.

Our room, The Rooves, was up in the eaves of the house; a gorgeous, white washed room with soft carpets and an insanely comfy bed. It even had plugs on both sides of the bed (one pet peeve we both have is that no hotels ever seem to have this, meaning one of us always ends up with an uncharged phone!) We were provided with everything you could ask for, including a little fridge with free water, Lindor chocolates, homemade cookies and milk! Obviously we got stuck in immediately!

As I said it was pretty late when we arrived, and for once, we didn’t force ourselves to go out or do anything taxing. Instead, we drank milk, ate cookies and watched TV in our pyjamas, before getting an early night – and it was perfect.

The next morning we awoke bright and early and Ian went off to do a park run, so I headed down to breakfast alone in the brightest, prettiest of rooms.

Reading my Kindle with a black coffee and a tasty fry up – is there any better start to a Saturday? The rustic bread was lovely, there was plenty of butter and you can just tell that Ron and Nicole, the owners, take real pride in their business.

Feeling completely relaxed, we showered, lazed about a bit and then decided to wander into York city centre.

As I have said, it’s one of my favourite places to just wander about, and in the sunshine it was even nicer. We walked over the river…

Ended up in a sweet shop, where Ian essentially bought all the sour M&Ms…and listened to a band playing ‘Happy’ in the street.

Sometimes I think I should leave England - emigrate and live abroad -  but on days like this one, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!



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