A Day Trip to York

My mum recently had a big operation on her shoulder and has subsequently been off work for a while.  She is beginning to go stir crazy being in the house all day as she still can’t drive (and she doesn’t do buses!), so apart from a wander around the village she can’t really go anywhere.  So on my days off work, I’ve been taking her places with Luca. Last week we ventured over to York for the day.  I needed to buy my brother a birthday present and my mum wanted to have a look in Lakeland Plastic and what better place to shop than the beautiful city of York.  

We began by getting the necessary shopping done and then were free to do what we wanted with the rest of our day.  
After doing our shopping we went to grab some lunch at Jaime’s Italian. As we were going out for a meal that night to celebrate my brothers birthday we decided to eat tapas style and ordered a few small dishes to share between the three of us.  This was my first visit to Jaime’s Italian and I’ll be definitely going back for more. The atmosphere was so relaxed and friendly, catering perfectly for children and the food was absolutely delicious.
After lunch we headed towards the smaller streets of York that are home to some beautiful little boutique stores and quaint little cafés.  York is perfect for shopping with small children as there is so much for little people to explore, little nooks and crannies, alleyways and doorsteps to stake your claim on. 

There is the breathtakingly beautiful York Minster hidden in amongst all the streets, the river to feed the ducks, geese and swans or hire a boat. Clifford’s Tower to run around and the Yorvik Centre for older children to kill an hour in and not forgetting the York Museum gardens or the city walls to stroll around. 

We had a fabulous day out and Luca loved exploring all the delights of York and buying some chocolate raisins from the traditional sweet shop on the Shambles.  His treat for being a good boy all day which he demolished by the time we got back to the car.

As we were time limited the day we went we have planned to go back and cram in even more stuff with Luca, like the museum gardens and a trip down the river on a boat.  If you haven’t already you really must visit York.  It is a visual delight, the locals are friendly and there is SO much to do no matter your age, and if you go sans children there are plenty of bars to wet your whistle in too.

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