Seen from the top of Clifford's Tower, a York tour bus waits for passengers opposite a popular Chinese restaurant. The Olive Tree, just out of the picture, offers a Mediterranean fusion menu, whilst around the corner on Castlegate, an authentic French dining experience can be enjoyed at Rustique.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Attracting a lot of attention in Morrison's supermarket car park, this beautifully maintained Citroën can also be seen here on the traction owners' website. It is a 1949 LHD built in Paris, bought by a local owner in 1987, since when it has done over 100,000 miles.
Having been a doctor's car for 29 years, it was imported to England in 1969, then registered VLM59G, so from the French department of le Nord, of which Lille is the principal town.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
That's Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate, so short that there is a number 11/2, occupied by letting agents. This is another view from the Stonebow upper storey car park, looking down over Colliergate, with the entrance to Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate between the newsagent's and the St Crux parish hall. The latter is now used as a venue for bric-a-bric sales and light lunches in aid of various charities. The street behind the hall is Shambles.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Same time, same place (Blake Street) as this picture, but now looking away from St Helen's Square. It's not a particularly noteworthy view, but I wonder why the window was bricked up and what the ironwork was used for.
Windows in England were taxed from 1696 to 1851, which accounts for a lot of older properties having them filled in; perhaps that was the case here, as there is another blocked window just to the right of the photograph. It was in effect an easily administered tax on wealth in the years before the introduction of income tax.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
El Piano on Grape Lane, this time in morning sun and shade. There is now a refurbished rear terrace ready for the warmer months ahead. See earlier Music for your mouth posts here: Café Concerto and El Piano.
Hilda of Manila is back, but where is Bob the Bolder? Any news anyone?
Monday, January 24, 2011
From the same viewing point as yesterday's post, with the camera swung left to take in St Sampson's church tower. The market is just below us. The twin towers are west-facing and the rose window south. St Sampson's is one of the many church buildings no longer used as a place of worship; it houses an over-60s drop-in centre.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
York Minster and Newgate Market from the third floor of Marks and Spencer. This is one of the views to be had from the new window, but if you want a shot, it has to be taken through the glass. The staff canteen, with the same view, is another floor higher, but there is no access for shoppers or snappers.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Minor exhibits from the NRM, the world's biggest museum of its kind. Harry Potter fans will be interested in the February programme.
The second NRM site is at Shildon, County Durham, and there is another small but impressive museum at Head of Steam, North Road Station, Darlington, where Locomotion No 1 can be seen. It used to be displayed in Darlington's Bank Top Station and is now on long-term loan from the NRM.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Not a terribly well-framed shot, but a reminder of how much York depends on tourism. There are just so many cafés and restaurants of various kinds. This is one on Blake Street is of the more traditional sort, as evidenced by the lace. Below is breakfast in Bordeaux for Jenny Freckles of Saltaire Daily Photo who has just treated us to a virtual coffee.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
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Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
First visit to the Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, showing the new entrance on the left and the older frontage (1835), on the right. The theatre on this site dates from 1744, but there have been many changes since.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The Red Tower, as seen by the artists whose names appear on the edge of this painting, part of the outdoor exhibition decorating the protective hoardings opposite Stonebow. There is no water here now; this is a representation of how it would have looked centuries ago. For a good photograph and some historical notes, follow the link.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Brightening up a dull day, five able musicians entertain passers-by with jigs and reels by All Saints, Pavement, where Parliament Street meets High Ousegate. You can just make out the button accordeon held by the chap on the left. I didn't see a name, and I didn't have time to investigate.