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Out in the English countryside

It was after a scenic one hour train journey that I disembarked at the York train station.
By Rupali Dean, United Kingdom
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2010 01:19 PM IST
It was after a scenic one hourtrain journey that I disembarkedat the York train station.After checking in at ThePark Inn Hotel and a quickshower later, I walked to LochFyne for an amazing sea-foodlunch. The fresh scallopsserved in their shells with ayummy buttery sauce weredelectable and then I had totalindulgence with a delicioussticky toffee pudding.

A day at the Whitby
The next morning, I took aday trip to Whitby which isgoverned by the cliff-topruins of a beautiful 13thcentury Abbey and 199 steps(one of the locations in thebook Dracula) that lead fromthe old town up to the Abbey.West Cliff, opposite the cliff,has its own landmarks, astatue of Captain JamesCook, who sailed from thetown, and a whalebone arch,commemorating the town'sonce large whaling industry.

As hunger pangs struck,we stopped at Magpie Caféfor lunch. Located right onthe edge of the harbour, thebuilding dates back to 1750when it was a merchant'shouse. Town's folk say a ghostcalled Albert frequents it. Itbecame a Cafe in 1939. Inbetween a member of theScoresby whaling family isknown to have owned it andit was also used as a shippingoffice. As for me, I hadHaddock fish and chips, andrequested that my fish begrilled rather than fried ... itwas decadent to the core.

On to the Moors
Stomach happy, I moved onto the

North York MoorsNational Park.

The Park'srailway has provided thesteam trains used as theHogwarts Express in theHarry Potter movies, thoughit is also a popular summerdestination for tourists visitingthe Moors. The park,which stretches out to thenorth-east of the ancient cityof York, encompasses some ofEngland's wildest and mostspectacular landscapes. Allaround it, deep dales cut intohigh moors, their denseforests, fields and hamletsproviding a vivid contrastwith the bleak plateau above.

Back in York, dinner was atNineteen, located in one of theoldest Buildings, on the oldeststreet in the city. The food andservice were impeccable...Like Nirvana on Earth.
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