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York, a particularly impressive town by Cristina Nuta -

Situated on two rivers near the Yorkshire Moors, York is a fascinating and memorable place to explore. My first visit there was organizes while I was in my last year at school. Since it was a history trip, York seemed to be the best choice as it is such a well-preserved city which has been of historical importance of nearly two thousands years.

Surrounded by high, medieval stone walls, the old part of the town is like a journey back in time. As you wander through the maze of busy, narrow streets, you cannot fail to be struck by the quaintness of the irregular, half-timbered houses. Rising above these and dominating the skyline are breathtaking examples of medieval and Gothic architecture.

Of the many things York has to offer, there are several which stand out in my mind. York Minster, in particular, with its intricate stonework and stained-glass windows, is an awe-inspiring sight. There are museums of all kinds, including a railway museum and Jorvik Viking Centre, where visitors can learn more about the individual periods of the city's rich history. Finally, the many tea-rooms, coffee-shops and restaurants, each with its own brand of charm, are ideal places to relax for a while and take in the atmosphere.

One thing that makes York unique among English towns is the care with which it has been preserved. There are few cities where such attention has been paid to detail in an attempt to preserve the authenticity of the many historic buildings. Medieval and Gothic structures have been painstakingly restored and the present residents seem to share a sense of pride in the splendor of their surroundings.

York is also notable for the fact that it has managed to incorporate modern life into such a historic setting. Shops and offices offer a full range of goods and services while still maintaining the charm and dignity of a bygone age. All the usual twentieth century requirements are catered for in an atmosphere reminiscent of a time when the pace of life was much slower.

The combination of ancient and modern held such a fascination for me during that first visit that I have been back many times since, each time discovering something new.
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Date Added: 23 May '07

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