I know I said we would be off to Dalby Forest in this post – but I was getting ahead of myself – my thoughts and memories of my trip are still in a glorious jumble!
and headed for the restaurant famous for it’s fish and chips: The Magpie Cafe
What a location! Standing on those steps one looks straight across the harbour to St Mary’s Church
see the mouthwatering menu
We found the perfect spot to sit – what a view …. just had to take another photo
And here’s the food shot – just for you Sheila!
I went for the top one on the menu, Cathy enjoyed the house speciality.
Now for a walk along the Pier to use up a few of those calories, passing by a Dracula Emporium on the way – there is a very Gothic air to Whitby. You can find out more about the Dracula connection here. I’m rather glad I missed Halloween!
and back towards the church and castle
and then for a brief dramatic moment – ta dah! The sun lit up the church!
The church was our next destination, so we headed back into town, across the bridge passing lots of intriguing little alleyways and shops
and up the 199 steps
St Mary’s is the most extraordinary church I have ever been inside. I was so overcome by its vast size, and extravagant style that I didn’t take many photos, I was agog. It was filled with Box Pews – hundreds of them, no open pews, and they filled not only the huge floorspace but they went on up into the rafters
Apparently it can seat over 2,000 people! I wonder when that last happened.
Intriguing and bizarre
See more from Google images here.
If you want to read more about it the Whitby Museum website is a good place to start. A most extraordinary place.
We did not have time to look at the nearby Abbey on that occasion – the days at this time of year are so short!
We made a quick visit to Robin Hoods Bay, where there is a very weird, and I would say ugly, sculpture to celebrate the Millenium. Neither of us could make any sense of. It was so bizarre that I could not get a photo of it that made any sense either. You can read about it here and see more images here.
We drove back with the low light giving a glow to the magnificent autumn colours. What a fabulous day, we had such a good time, chatting happily away all day long. I’m so very grateful to Cathy for taking me to these weird and wonderful places.
Thank you Cathy!