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20.2.08
  More York Impressions - Seen from the Ouse River

On the second evening, I took a cruise on the Ouse river. It was nice to sit for a change after all that walking. Though the British weather played tricks; after a rather warm day it grew cold, and of course, I took my lighter jacket. After all, you bring warm clothes to leave them in the hotel room.

One of the bridges

The old town and thus the Roman founded part of York lies to the right.

Houses at the riverside

I think some of them must have been old storage houses that have been modernised and equipped with additional windows; they reminded me of the Mediaeval part of Lübeck* where I took a Trave cruise. I love river cruises as a way to explore towns and landscapes.

Pretty houses

This pic was taken some way outside the town centre. A nice place to live, I suppose, but probably expensive.

Ghostly evening on the Ouse

* Lübeck is one of the Hansa Towns in Germany and a beautiful place. Since I now have a scanner, I'll get some of the pics I took there in 2004 online. Though I didn't take as many pics with the old camera - those rolls were too expensive.
 
Comments:
Lovely pics, Gabriele! It would be amazing to live in one of those houses by the river. *Sighs yearningly*
 
It can get surprisingly cold in the evenings. I bet you weren't the only one caught out! York looks different from the river - thanks for posting the pictures. How far out of town did the cruise go? Your 'ghostly' shot looks to be out in the country.

Alianore - provided you don't mind the occasional risk of finding you've got a basement swimming pool :-)
 
Alianore, somehow the money always ends up with rich idiots who waste in on parties in St.Moritz. ;)

Carla,
in this direction the cruise got out of the town, but on the other side - in the direction of Clifford Tower - there were still some houses hidden among the trees.

Maybe the danger of flooding isn't that great since the houses were some metres over high water level. But with those severe floods we got the last years, it may no longer be high enough.
 
Nice pics, Gabriele. Aren't digital cameras great? So much easier than waiting for film to be developed.
 
Carla: good point, but in my fantasy, floods would never be a problem. ;) (Seeing as fantasy is the closest I'll ever get to those houses, I might as well fantasise that the river never floods. ;)
 
Shelley,
and a lot easier to share online.

Lol Alianore,
in my dreams I own a castle that is NOT draughty. :)
 
Oh, absolutely, Alianore. In the parallel universe where you own one of those houses, there are massive flood defences upstream that really work :-)
(If I understand the theory of infinite universes correctly, in one of them somewhere you do live in a flood-free riverfront house in York, but unfortunately it's in a dimension we can't get to (there's always a catch). But heavy cosmology makes my brain hurt, so I may have got this all wrong).
 
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Miscellaneous musings of an aspiring Historical Fiction and Fantasy author. Illustrated essays on Roman, Dark Age and Mediaeval history, Mediaeval literature, and Geology. Some poetry translations and writing stuff. And lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes from Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States.

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