Today was a jam packed travel day. We left Leeds and arrived in York to tour York Minster Cathedral, also known as St. Peter’s Cathedral. The first recorded church on the site was from the early 600s, and the rest was built then rebuilt over time. In 1220, construction began on the gothic cathedral we see today. The stained glass windows are amazing. This church is still in full use today by the Church of England.
It was a very short time in York, as we needed to drive to Hadrian’s Wall, a Roman wall that began construction in 122 AD. The Romans had settled in this area and needed the wall to defend themselves from the ‘Picts’ or, as we know them today, the Scots. We were able to see the ruins of the town and fortress settlements as well as bits of the original wall. The organization that runs this conservation area offers summer volunteering to assist on the archeological dig if anyone is interested!
The drive to Scotland was very peaceful, all rolling hills dotted with sheep. We arrived in Edinburgh just in time for dinner and our scheduled Ghost Walk which was scary indeed! Hopefully the girls can get some sleep tonight, as tomorrow we have a lot of sights to see, followed by Scottish Dance lessons!