England’s countryside looks like a storybook land, a far cry from Florida. The rolling green hills, the hedgerows, the sheep, the cows, and the narrow roads — we love it.

This post features photos of York. David and I are spending a few days here and I’m excited to share what we’re experiencing. I have two very different places to show you: the York Minister and Jorvik, the Viking village.

York Minster Exterior
The current Minister is 800 years old. Some of its stained glass windows date back to the 12th century.

West Window York Minster

These five lancet windows below are made of green gray glass in geometric designs and commemorates British women who lost their lives in World War 1.

Three Sisters Window York Minster

Here are a few more astonishingly beautiful designs in the Minster:

Madonna and Child York Minster

York Minster

On to Jorvik, the Viking settlement begun in 866 AD. Here’s the young woman who greeted us.


David and I climbed aboard an automated car and wended our way through the village, viewing typical denizens. What added to the experience were the smells at various points of our journey: burning wood, cooking meat, and fish.




We hope you enjoy these photos from our adventures. Has anyone else been to York? We’d love to hear about your visit.

Join us for a walk through an English village and see its stunning curb appeal.

Ann Marie and David

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6 Comments on Travelers in York: the Minster and Vikings

  1. Janice Cáceres
    October 13, 2015 at 11:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Beautiful!! And fascinating, as well.

    • irisabbey
      October 14, 2015 at 7:48 am (6 years ago)

      Hi, Janice — It’s just magical here. Today we’re taking a coach tour of the Yorkshire Dales. Hope all is well.

  2. Cindy
    October 26, 2015 at 1:17 am (6 years ago)

    Amazing architecture and the stained glass windows are stunning!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.

    • irisabbey
      October 26, 2015 at 6:14 pm (6 years ago)

      York was amazing. David and I spent three nights at a bed-and-breakfast. The church is amazing, and of course we had to visit the Viking Village because of its historical importance.

  3. Deb Kinnard
    November 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm (6 years ago)

    How wonderful to see the “Viking York” exhibit as it is today! We stopped by the Coppergate dig in 1979 whilst they were still doing the archeological work. It was fascinating to look down into the pit as the diggers uncovered items. I’m glad to see the finds have flowered into such a great illustration of what Jorwik must have been like.

    • irisabbey
      November 18, 2015 at 6:26 pm (6 years ago)

      Deb, we definitely wanted to see the Viking Village because we’ve watched “The Vikings” on television, and have read the Bernard Cornwall books, The Saxon Stories, which we are watching as “The Last Kingdom” on TV. The exhibit had lots of informative displays, knowledgeable folks in period costumes, and a motorized ride through a village that offered animated people, actual smells, and sounds. York is an amazing, wonderful city for history.


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