Results tagged “Trees” from UK and Japan 2010

Woke up relatively early (with slight hangover headache) so got up and did computery stuff.

First stop was the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.  The GPS took us around the long way to the road we needed to be on (lame), so actually went past it on the first loop because it brought us in from the north instead of the south that we were expecting.  #grunt.  Anyways so went in (£3 parking) and of course there's a whole visitors centre setup with bows and arrows etc for sale.  Went for a walk to find the tree, which would have been quite pleasant, except for all the screaming kids.  The tree itself is huge - well at least in girth anyway. :)

Robin Hood and Little John fighting
Robin Hood and Little John fighting

Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest

The Major Oak
The Major Oak

The Major Oak
The Major Oak

Next we went a little out of the way to Chesterfield to see the church with the crooked spire.  Cute and all, but it did take at least half an hour out of our day.  

Chesterfield's Crooked Spire
Chesterfield's Crooked Spire

Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle

And then onto York.  I was hoping to get there around lunch time, but everything else took so long we didn't arrive til around 2:30pm and didn't get into the town to start exploring til after 3pm :(  So I was a bit stressed that I wouldn't be able to do the couple of things I wanted to.  In the end Cliftons Tower got dropped off.  So wandered in through the west gate and through the old town up to the minster.  It was enormous!  Obviously not as an enormous as Cologne's (we've been totally spoilt by that cathedral!!) but still pretty huge.  Paid the £8 each to go in, and I paid £5 to go up the tower.  Wandered around inside (you can take photos in this one hurrah!) then went up the tower at 3:45pm.  The tower was pretty cool, I enjoyed that.  After that I went back down and found the sweetie and we wandered off again.

St Pauls Church, York
St Pauls Church, York

Micklegate
Micklegate

River Ouse
River Ouse

All Saints Church
All Saints Church

Newgate Market
Newgate Market

Roman Bath Museum
Roman Bath Museum

Stained glass windows inside York Minster
Stained glass windows inside York Minster

Ceiling of York Minster
Ceiling of York Minster

Ceiling of York Minster
Ceiling of York Minster

York Minster
York Minster

York Minster
York Minster

York Minster
York Minster

Beautiful stonework
Beautiful stonework

York Minster
York Minster

York Minster
York Minster

View from York Minster
View from York Minster

View from York Minster
View from York Minster

View from York Minster
View from York Minster

York Minster
York Minster

York Minster
York Minster

The next stop was the National Railway Museum.  I wasn't counting on the Hogwarts Express still being there, but I asked when we went in and she said it was! So did a wander through the Great Hall, and up there back was the Hogwarts Express!!!!!  There was much squeeing on my part :)  

Guy Fawkes Inn - birthplace of Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes Inn - birthplace of Guy Fawkes

High Petergate Road
High Petergate Road

River Ouse
River Ouse

Tunnel through to the National Railway Museum
Tunnel through to the National Railway Museum

Loco 737
Loco 737

Duchess of Hamilton
Duchess of Hamilton

Hogwarts Express!
Hogwarts Express!

Hogwarts Express!
Hogwarts Express!

Hogwarts Express!
Hogwarts Express!

Hogwarts Express!
Hogwarts Express!

Me and the Hogwarts Express!
Me and the Hogwarts Express!

Hogwarts Express!
Hogwarts Express!

Stu and an early bullet train
Stu and an early bullet train

Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine

Channel Tunnel cross section
Channel Tunnel cross section

The Warehouse was filled with all sorts of cool railway artifacts
The Warehouse was filled with all sorts of cool railway artifacts

Platform 9 3/4
Platform 9 3/4

Victoria Line cross section
Victoria Line cross section

Finally, around 5:30, we went looking for food.  Wandered back into York and found an all-you-can eat Chinese buffet, so went in there for a decent variety of food.  

York city wall
York city wall

Looking towards the minster from Station Road
Looking towards the minster from Station Road

Micklegate
Micklegate

York city wall
York city wall

Sunset from the city wall
Sunset from the city wall

Then back to the hotel to collapse.

Geotagging - Day 16
Geotagging - Day 16


Photos on the Canon: 391
Photos on the Sony: 27
Photos on the iPhone: 1
Photos on the Video: 4
Videos on the Video: 13
Steps walked: 15008
Pounds Spent: 64.23
Had another slow start this morning. Didn't get out the door til 10:30 am.

The first stop was to climb a building in Akihabara. Just before the trip I'd seen a video that showed shots from a building in this location, so I went looking to find where it was. Turns out it was an apartment building with an external staircase. There was nothing saying no entry, so up I climbed!

Looking towards Ochanomizu from a building in Akihabara
Looking towards Ochanomizu from a building in Akihabara 

Looking towards Ochanomizu from a building in Akihabara
Looking towards Suidobashi from a building in Akihabara 

The building I climbed up was an apartment building
The building I climbed up was an apartment building 

Train on the Harbour Bridge
Train on the "Harbour Bridge" 

Chuo Line Train
Chuo Line Train 

Went to Denny's again cause it's local and convenient.

Stu eating natto in Denny's
Stu eating natto in Denny's 

After breakfast we went to Ueno to go to the Tokyo National Museum. There were lots if cool bits and pieces there, and with lots of stops we didn't end up leaving til about 4:30pm.

National Museum of Nature and Science
National Museum of Nature and Science (didn't go in here today) 

Fountain in Ueno Park
Fountain in Ueno Park 

Vending machines to buy tickets for the Tokyo National Museum
Vending machines to buy tickets for the Tokyo National Museum 

Honkan Building, Tokyo National Museum
Honkan Building, Tokyo National Museum 

Hyokeikan Building, Tokyo National Museum
Hyokeikan Building, Tokyo National Museum 

Flowers in the grounds of the museum
Flowers in the grounds of the museum 

Keiseikan Building, Tokyo National Museum - we went in here first
Keiseikan Building, Tokyo National Museum - we went in here first 

Mummy of Pasherienptah, excavated at Thebes, Egypt
Mummy of Pasherienptah, excavated at Thebes, Egypt 

Agate and glass Kodama Beads
I really liked the colours of these agate and glass Kodama Beads 

I think the backs of these were mirrors
I think the backs of these were mirrors 

Really cool looking pottery
Really cool looking pottery 

Main staircase in the Honkan Building, which we went into next
Main staircase in the Honkan Building, which we went into next 

Funky glass ball light
Funky glass ball light 

Tierd Box With Cover
Tierd Box With Cover, with camellia, pine, bamboo and plum design in
overglaze enamel with openwork. Kyoto ware, Edo period, 18th century 

More really nice pottery
More really nice pottery 

Up close
Up close 

Writing boxes in maki-e lacquer - these things were amazing!
Writing boxes in maki-e lacquer - these things were amazing! 

Writing boxes in maki-e lacquer - these things were amazing!
Writing boxes in maki-e lacquer.  The resized photos really don't do them justice!

Bamboo comb
Bamboo comb 

Cormorant painting
Cormorant painting 

Arashiyama! We were there a couple of days ago! :)
Arashiyama! We were there a couple of days ago! :) 

Gallery of Horyuji Treasures (we didn't go in here)
Gallery of Horyuji Treasures (we didn't go in here) 

Had a bit of a walk through Ueno Park and it was a little freaky to see all the cherry trees in full leaf after last seeing them a year and a half ago in the beginnings of their blossomming.  And the park on a Thursday is so desolate compared to a Sunday - and no cool food stalls setup anywhere :(

Fountain in Ueno Park
Fountain in Ueno Park 

Ueno Park
Ueno Park 

Tokyo Sky Tree under construction
Tokyo Sky Tree under construction 

So headed back to Ueno station to make our seat reservations on the NEX tomorrow then back to Akihabara.

Had a quiet night in - got our lunch/dinner from the Family Mart downstairs and apart from some washing did a whole lot of nothing :)

Assortment of beers
Assortment of beers 

Geotagging - Day 6
Geotagging - Day 6 

Photos on the Canon: 211
Photos on the Sony: 28
Videos on the Sony: 2
Videos on the Video: 10
Steps walked: 7276
Yen Spent: 8980