Having completed our visit to Stratford Upon Avon, we've headed to the historic city of York, England at the confluence of of the rivers Ouse and Foss. Archeology suggests that this area has been inhabited since 8000 BC. The Roman 9th legion invaded Britannia and established a 50 acre fortress, with 6000 soldiers, here in 71 AD. They called it "Eboracum" ("Place of Yew Trees"). After the Romans abandoned the area, the Vikings, in 866, invaded and established "Jorvik" as a major river port. They were driven out by the Normans, in 954. Over the centuries, York has remained an important trade center. Today, it is known as a major railway hub, confectionary manufacturing center, and a huge tourist attraction. We look forward to our stay here.
York Minster in the center of town is the number one tourist attraction.
Looking along part of the old Roman walls towards the Minster.
The Mansion House is where the Lord Mayor resides.
West wall of the Eboracum fortress.
Clifford's Tower keep.
Constantine the Great, son of Constantine I, was proclaimed emperor by the Roman troops near this spot next to York Minster.
Monk Bar is one of several gates into the city along the old Roman walls.
Part of the main market area, known as The Shambles, in the old town.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.