Thursday, February 17, 2011

York #2

And now for something completely different: the National Railway Museum. Haha, I took about 200 photos of trains. What was I thinking?
From there I made my way to 16 Bridge Street: Burnsie's cafe. My cousin's establishment. Free coffee :)
Then Jorvik. It was over almost before it started. Basically, you sit in a contraption - a bit like something from a fairground ride - and get taken through the exhibit: a reconstruction of what Coppergate (a street in York, the street of cup makers) looked like in the days before the Normans arrived in 1066. The models are very lifelike and some even speak (Danish though). I swear one of the models looked like Robert Plant.

We come from the land of the ice and snow

(Not the best pic - but photography isn't allowed so I didn't really have the chance to fiddle with settings.)
The weird thing about the ride is that the smells change to suit the exhibit you're passing. Passing the butcher and the guy on the loo weren't too pleasant!
After about 10 or 15 minutes the ride is over. From there you go through the archaeological finds exhibited behind glass cases. I think I'd prefer to walk through the ride area and stop and examine things more closely. I can see why that's not an option though - people would wreck it.
Oh yeah... Railway Museum is free entry for as long as you like, Jorvik is 8.95 (pounds) for a quick visit.
Now I'm off to have dinner (and watch the Liverpool match) with yet more long lost family. Come on you Reds!