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Holiday Day 2 – Skipton Castle

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Today we decided to invite my parents and my grandma up to Skipton to take them out for lunch, so that my grandma could enjoy the sunshine. Then Vicky decided to come home from Sheffield for a few days so she came along too and it was a nice family day out. As they didn’t arrive until lunch time, Cameron and I decided to go to Skipton Castle in the morning. Neither of us could remember going there before and it was actually quite interesting. It’s 900 years old, and one of the oldest castles with the roof still intact. It cost £7 to get in, which I think was a bit steep, but it was a very enjoyable couple of hours, even if we did feel like we were going to fall down the spiral staircases, and even if Cameron forgot how tall he was and banged his head on a low door.

After the castle, we met my family for lunch at the Devonshire Arms in Skipton (a Wetherspoons pub), and then after a walk along Skipton high street, we all came back to the caravan to sit for a drink in the sunshine. Perfect.

Leeds German Market in Millennium Square

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I’ve been having a tough couple of weeks at work, so when I had a day off yesterday (although not the original 2 and a half that I had planned), Cameron took me into Leeds for lunch and some Christmas shopping. I’ve never been to the German Market before, so that was our first stop. I’m not sure why I’ve never been as it sets up in Millennium Square every year, but I really loved it. I had to reign myself in to stop from spending all my money, but I could seriously have spent a fortune. I did buy a couple of lovely presents for my Mum, although I’m not sure how authentically German they are.

After we’d been around the market, we had lunch at the Cuthbert Broderick (Wetherspoons) in Millennium Square before setting off into the centre of Leeds to do some last bits of Christmas shopping. I’d already bought all my presents so it was mainly for Cameron, but I still ended up spending way too much money! It was extremely windy and very cold, but thankfully there was no rain or snow, so it was a really awesome day. It really helped take my mind off everything for a little while.

Anyway, here’s a few snaps of the German Market, only iPhone pics as I didn’t even think to take my camera with me.