We traveled from Stow to York today … took the train, as it was the easiest thing to do. Or so we thought.
Yesterday we were a bit worried that we would even be able to get a cab … but the front desk person at the Unicorn was able to get that sorted for us.
First leg of the journey was from Stow to Moreton on Marsh via cab … then we took the train from Moreton to Oxford. There we had a one hour layover.
The train from Oxford to York was QUITE full … there were about 10 people, along with their luggage, standnig in the isle of the train (along with us). We had to stand up for about an hour before the conductor told us there were unreserved seats in the carriage in ahead of us.
After we arrived in York, and a quick cab ride to our hotel, we both checked email (keep in mind we had been out of touch with the ‘net for 5 days). Took care of a few bits of important stuff and then called my friend Martin to arrange a time to get together. Skype is a wonderful thing 🙂 We also gave my folks a call just to check in.
After all that business was taken care of, we started to figure out what we wanted to do for the rest of the evening. Last time we were in York, Ginny had wanted to take one of the Ghost tours … but we weren’t able to work it in. This time we were going to.
There are a number of outfits that do ghost tours of york … we had fliers for three of them … we had chosen one on based on my parents recommendation … as we were going down to where they organized the tour, we ran into a guy who was (I assume) an independent tour guide that runs his own ghost tour. Trevor Rooney (we learned his name later) told us that the tour we were heading for had a lot of little kids and ‘prams’ (strollers & buggies). We liked the guys character and decided, if he was right, we would check out his tour.
Turns out he was right … so we headed back and signed up with his tour. He charged £1 more than the other operators, but it was quite worth the £5 each. He told wonderful stories, weaving local history, his own family, and ghost stories into his patter. As an added bonus, most of the the people on the tour were adults … only a handful of kids … and no babies.
After the tour we headed back to the hotel (longish walk back) and are now relaxing, updating blogs, etc.