If you haven’t been to York put it on your list. Next to Bath it is a must-see city.

I loved York Minster, the Nave, the Kings Screen, the Organ and the underground treasury. When they finally restore the Rose Window it will be amazing.

Another must-see is the National Railway Museum where you can see Queen Victoria's Royal Train carriage and what interested me was the train that carried Winston Churchill's coffin on the final journey to St Martins Church, Bladon, near Blenheim Palace, in January 1965.

I stayed at Guy Fawkes Inn where Guy Fawkes was born in 1570. The inn is small but very friendly and full of character, with gas lamps and candles and no electricity. The menu is small but very good food.

Apart from the crooked houses and streets, the Shambles and the many churches, Fairfax House is also an exceptional place to visit.

On Valentines night we ate at The Blue Bicycle restaurant. The place has an interesting history. The quality of food, presentation and service was excellent and the menu had a good selection.

We sat in a small booth which was very cosy. For starters I had Shetland Isle scallops with black pudding, pear and vanilla sauce with watercress. I then had fillet of venison with saffron potatoes, carrots, beetroot, spring onion and roast peanuts with a red wine sauce and cocoa gel. For a foodie like me this restaurant was brilliant. York is delightful.


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