Going to York was a great way to wrap up the England trip--we visited Castle Howard and York Cathedral then had lunch in the city. Even if we were in the car for a grand total of eight hours, the extravagant elegance of both places was well worth witnessing first hand.
Before getting to Castle Howard, we made a pit stop on the "motorway." Judging from the list of restaurants it looked as if we were transported to a more elegant version of a rest stop in New Jersey that had a Starbucks, McDonald's, KFC, WHSmith, and a Krispy Kreme donut machine.
Then when we go to Castle Howard, we saw the main house, the Atlas fountain, the Temple of the Four Winds, and a view of the mausoleum, which is closed to the public. Castle Howard serves as the inspiration for the Brideshead estate in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, one of the books for the Literature of Oxford course.
The city of York is a half hour drive from Castle Howard and its countryside. The spires of the York Catherdral are visible from the motorway and are just as spectacular up close. It is a really big cathedral.
My roommate and I ate at a diner called Wackers for dinner, which is a five minute walk from the cathedral.
|New Jersey-esque rest stop|
|Making an attempt to read Brideshead Revisited on the way to Castle Howard|
|Library, still used today|
|Castle Howard depicted in artwork|
|Interior of the chapel|
|You know a British tourist site's gift shop is complete when you see a ton of "Keep Calm..." souvenirs|
|Noisy Dino Puppets--the most random and unexpected thing to have at a British tourist site gift shop|
|The Temple of the Four Winds|
|A view of the mausoleum from the Temple of the Four Winds|
|Driving away from Castle Howard on the way to the city|
|The Crypt--one of the oldest parts of the cathedral|
|Chicken Nuggets and Chips at Wackers--America seems to be subconsciously creeping up on me|
|The World's largest "softpot" garden, which refers to the special way the plants are potted using fine cheesecloth instead of traditional pots|