The Shambles, York
One of my favorite shots from the whole trip - I highly recommend England in February. It is cold, yes, but I've been there a few times in the Winter and the tourists are nowhere to be found. As exampled by this shot below - I didn't have to fake it, no one was there when we explored. It was excellent <3
his is a great part of York - the whole collection of tiny streets and buildings are all from the early 14th century. This was the Butchers part of town and along the store fronts there are still the iron hooks where meat was hung for sale. There is still one Butcher as well. It's all been upscaled and tourist-fied of course - but this is a wonderful thing, as these 700 year old buildings are taken care of and preserved for generations to come for us to enjoy and have a sight directly back into the late Middle Ages, even if it is without all the smell.
When I was there, it was a beautiful and cold February. It was empty of everyone, tourists and locals alike and I could not have enjoyed myself more. I tried very hard to picture what it must have been like all that time ago. Refuse in the streets, guts from the butchering in the gutters, meat dangling everywhere, the hawkers, the shopkeepers and mostly, the smell. It was a riot in my imagination and I'm grateful I've such a good one. :) When I was much younger I used to romanticize the Middle Ages, but lots of study has spoiled me of that notion. It was a brutal time to live in a town.
Actually, I still probably romanticize it :) I can't help it. It isn't England's fault, but going to these places is nearly like going into every Fantasy book I've ever read. And I've read a lot.