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OK, I'm not going to do a lot of waffling, just want you to enjoy my city.

These first three images are of Micklegate Bar, on Blossom Street.

And the next set are of the City Walls around York, with the annual display of daffodils. A lot of these bulbs were planted by local school children.

Now we're heading toward the York Wheel. And no, before you ask, I didn't go on it, sorry!

The wheel is situated in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel, next to the station. These next shots were taken whilst I was sitting on a bench across the road from the hotel.

This must be on full zoom. At least I can hold the camera steady while I'm sat down.

As you can see there is a VIP cab ready for me when I do decide to go for a spin!!

The view from my bench was superb, I could just sit and take pictures and not feel out of place, after all this is York, a very photogenic city!

Folk just went on their way as I pointed and clicked.

The green of the grass was, well green!!

And I loved the long shadows between the trees.

Plenty of flower beds too.

The steep banks were just a carpet of daffs at this point.

The looked great against the city walls.

So that's the walls and the daffs. Next stop is.........

..the Museum Gardens.

Where there are quiet corners

and little rockeries

with lots of colour

This rockery was made using some of the carved stone from the ruins of the church in the grounds of St Mary's Abbey.

As usual I have to capture the trees.

Of which there are plenty in the gardens.

Odd shaped ones too.

Which I just have to capture.


In rich and lovely colours.



Beautiful white ones.

Tiny tulips

And squirrels digging

..for food, nom nom nom....

So, more of the gardens...

..and folk taking picnics and sat sitting in the sunshine.

It's time to move down to the riverside.

Which is just t'other side of the railings.

Just have to capture that forsythia first.

Its so gorgeous against the blue sky.

Even more beautiful when viewed on full zoom.

Meanwhile, back by the riverside walk.

We'll just sit on the steps in the wall and look at the view that way.

Capture a lone dandelion growing out of the wall.

And look t'other way.

Zooming in again and under Lendal Bridge we can see the Pitcher and Piano bar, really popular with locals and tourists alike.

Back to where I'm sat and I spy a bike on a boat!

And across the river is the wheel.

A slow walk back, via the seats and steps we are now at Lendal Bridge and I love this tree.

Talking of trees this weeping willow is just near to the exit of the Museum Gardens, next to the library.

And I love to look at it as I'm sat opposite in Baileys cafe, nice name that, seems vaguely familiar...........any way that's it, the end of our tour; I am going to sit here a while and enjoy my pot of Yorkshire tea and some gluten free caramel shortcakes, nom, nom nom.......

Thank you for joining me, I hope you managed to grin and bear it to the end.

I am enjoying my XS1 and the last of these images were taking mainly on the manual settings, I'm trying to be more adventurous!!! 

I think I've made the most of the warm sunshine; it's freezing out there tonight and snow is forecast!! So I'm off to dig out me thermals for the next installment!!


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Date Tue, 03/04/2012 - 23:19

Lovely blog, Viv, showing York away from the tourist trail.  Sometimes these are the best places to visit. Love the photos of the river, and the Museum Gardens.  I drive through York regularly but not visited for a couple of years.  Must put that right.  Well done, I really enjoyed seeing York through your eyes.  Thank you.



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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 01:47

I am visiting the UK from Australia..1st time since 1973...and will be in York round about the 15th may, so thanks for a lovely view of your city, I hope I capture the beautiful sights as well as you have.  enjoyed it  (-:

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 03:48

good blog brings backmemories of my visit there last week .............the museum gardens are a really pretty place to visit and loved the ruins there

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 03:57

A  set of stunning shots,love it  well done viv  anymore ?? 


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 05:19

Super set of shots, Viv. Looks like you had the perfect day for it Smile

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 05:26

Great blog Viv. Many of the shots especially along the Ouse and through the park bring back happy memories of long weekend breaks in York when my friend used to have a guest house and that's how we got to her in Queen Anne Road from the railway station. Must get back and do all my shots in digital.

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 06:24

What a nice blog to start the day off at work. Loved the way you have captured the perspective in some of the shots. Off to look at it all again. Well done Vivien.


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 06:40

visit york at least once a week and tbh its beauty never fails.. my favorite city.

and this blog has not let it down, well done.

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:23

Hi Viv

What a cracking photoblog.  You certainly put that new camera through it's paces.  The zoom is very impressive.

The weather was on your side too, as I write this, it's snowing on Anglesey!!!!

A lovely set of shots Viv. Thanks. XXX

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:25

Cracking tour Viv, and a great opportunity to show off both yor city and the new camera - such vivid colours as well, fantastic.

We honeymooned in York many moons ago and have only ever drivenm through it since. I think we are overdue a return, might try and drag Lesley away for a midweek break in the summer.

Thanks for showing us around


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 07:47

Super shots of a lovely city. You and your new camera are producing some great photos. Thank you very much for sharing them.


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:26

Smashing blog and pictures Viv,I bet they are not sat outside picnicking today LOL Smile



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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:32


Great blog Viv with superb photos, certainly had some great weather for it, the weeping willows look gorgeous and the museum gardens look a delight. It's funny when you grow up in a place you rarely visit these places, but when you move away and discover how few photos you have you wish you'd taken a little time to take more when you lived there.

Well fancy you finding a cafe called 'Baileys' !!! He! He! I hope you enjoyed your cup of 'Yorkshire' and caramel shortcakes yum! yum! I buy Yorkshire Tea all the time but I need to get Yorkshire water to appreciate the full taste our water down here is as hard as nails!!!!!! 

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:35

Lovely blog Viv. I presume you took these last week. Today I assume your'e covered in snow like we are in Bradford.

The X-S! certainly is impressing me.


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:27

A great blog with some smashing pictures,well done Viv.Went to York once many years ago,spent most of my time at the railway museum.


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:45

Hi Viv your are certainly showing what the new Camera can do what a super photoblog you have just posted I thoughly enjoyed it which looks as if you had a wonderful day.Viv a brilliant blog and many thanks for sharing best wishes BoB.xx Perhaps you could have a peek at my first blog of 2012 thanks.

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:56

Great blog. I am visiting York with my wife on the 16th April.  Making the most of our Senior Citizens Railcard. Can you suggest somewhere for coffee and would you like to joins us for a cuppa?  Our treat.

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 10:06

A wonderful trip Viv, thanks, you are a great ambassador for York, it's a beautiful city. Unbelievable that only a few days ago the weather was so perfect, all those blue skies. We had torrential rain yesterday and all through the night. Still pouring today, dark grey skies and a flooded garden. Hose-pipe ban starts tomorrow!

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 10:09

Hi Viv, Oh what a beauty. Lovely blog with great varied shots and the colours are wonderful. I really do like the angles you shoot from too.

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 10:59

Re your comment : You have got to be kidding me!!

I wish I was!! Just grateful for small thumbnails.Lol



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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 12:40

 Beautiful York. Thanks for reminding me again. Lovely photos, you have mastered your new camera well. Thanks for posting your blog Viv I really enjoyed it.

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 12:54

Howdy Viv. Another fantastic photoblog with super duper photography. Bet you're loving that new camera now. Bet it goes everywhere with you. LOL!! Wonderful place to visit and Geoff and myself have York on our places to visit this year for a long weekend in the Summer. That makes another two for coffee then...LOL... Love the cheerful delightful colours and glad to see you getting out and about. Love Al. x

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 13:40

Wonderful blog, Viv! Love to see the spring colours and new growth in your great city! We visited a few years ago and had a wonderful time. I particularly remember walking part of the wall at dusk and being quite concerned the gates would get locked at a certain time and we would be stuck there all night! Your photos are beautiful...

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 13:55

Very colourful, I love old buildings, walls flowers and trees, so a very pleasant tour of York with out moving apart from my finger, nice one a good all rounder, plus a like from me, regards Leon.

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 15:00

Great blog Viv, I love York especially at this time of year with the Daffodils in flower. I enjoyed a few hours there with my camera a couple of weeks ago. You have captured some very nice images with your XS-1 well done.

Thanks for posting


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 16:23

a super colourful blog Viv, I love the rockery shots Smile and you certainly seem to have got the best out of your new toy

Thank you for sharing Smile

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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 17:16

That is a truly delightful blog Viv. A great set of coloufrul images. The new camera appears to have been a very good buy. Well done and thanks for posting.


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 17:20

Visited York last summer but did not find that weather, enjoyed it just the same, enjoyed your super blog as well.a big like.


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 19:31

Nice blog Viv, with great colour.


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Date Wed, 04/04/2012 - 19:51


Well done Viv. Great colours.

Been to York a few times. Stirred many memories.



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Date Thu, 05/04/2012 - 16:34

It's great to see York in all its glory in the fabulous sunshine. Lovely images Viv.

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