We've been holidaying in York this week, just the four of us. At some point I may post photos but right now I never want to move again. What we did:
- visited York's Chocolate Story
- found a local playground for the children
- found a man blowing enormous bubbles near the Minster
- had lunch in the basement cafe of the Treasurer's House
- found our way to Rowntree Park, and back again via the Millennium Bridge
- took an evening boat tour
- visited the National Railway Museum
- took the bus to Castle Howard and spent a lovely day wandering the grounds
- had a delicious meal at Mason's with an incredibly nice server
- visited all three of the Barley Hall, Richard III Experience & Henry VII Experience, and walked around a large portion of the city walls
I couldn't help comparing with Bristol a year and two weeks earlier: short version is I was much less breathless, but much more easily tired. However, I did at least have more stamina than in Llandudno 2.5 months ago. I did crash one day mid-week and had to spend most of an afternoon and evening zonked out on the hotel bed. Sadly that was the day we went to the NRM: I left early and got very little out of the time I did spend there, so I think I will need to go back again sometime.
I think that was the last time I will ever book all four of us into a single family room for more than one night; we all need more alone time than was possible to achieve, and I'm giving up on all but essential plans for the weekend as a result, plus it gets ever harder to get the children to sleep when we are still awake in the same room. (And they still wake up at least an hour before I want to.) I think either adjoining hotel rooms or holiday cottages / apartments are the way to go, even if it does cost more.
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