York, England

York (pics) is England’s most medieval city with a web of narrow streets surrounded by magnificent 13th century walls.  And at its center is the York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world and England’s second most important cathedral.

Along the medieval wall

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Bourges, France

From Dijon, we headed west and stopped off for one night in Bourges (pics).  We spent the night in a nice small hotel, called Chateau Lazenay.  Driving a car affords us the opportunity to stay somewhere not in the center of town, also, provided parking is a consideration.  Chateau Lazenay is located alongside a small lake and surrounded by open parkland and walking trails, so it was very quiet and peaceful.

Bourges

Bourges is a nice town with a large Gothic cathedral that dates from the 12th century and in the historical section, many of the buildings are described as “half timbered”.  The upper portions have a crossed pattern of wood embedded in the exterior walls.  This building style apparently mimics a method first used in Medieval times.