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April 12, 2005

Yorkshire Pudding and Scarborough Fair

I've just come back from a trip to Yorkshire. It wasn't the epic adventure I initially thought it to be because I started to panic about my essays (2 of them, due within the next weeks, 5000 words each) and went for three days only. But, although quite short, it was a great trip! York is very beautiful indeed. I am very impressed by Museum Gardens, St. Mary's Abbey, all the "Roman stuff", the ghost stories, the river pubs ("Biergarten" -atmosphere in April already), by all those students rowing on the Ouse, by the World War II section in the York Castle Museum (not really, that's an English thing again),by the very many little picturesque streets, AND by the lovely sunshine I happenend to have throughout, a rare sight indeed.

I enjoyed Scarborough very much, too. It was a lot like I expected it to be: Lovely views on the sea, especially from up the castle, and the inevitable English seafront, consisting mainly of places advertised in big flashing letters as "Casino", "Games", "Children's Fun Forest", and, least I forget, "Scarborough Bingo". It is an English thing really, unparalleled by the most appalling sea front of, say, Rimini. But hey, I loved Scarborough. Remember, the song…?

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
For once she was a true love of mine

Have her make me a cambric shirt
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seam nor fine needle work
And then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to weave it in a sycamore wood lane
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And gather it all with a basket of flowers
And then she'll be a true love of mine

Have her wash it in yonder dry well
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
where water ne'er sprung nor drop of rain fell
And then she'll be a true love of mine

More pictures in the gallery.

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