After two weeks here in York, I came to think I knew the city well—walking down the same streets every day seemed to shrink my mental map of York—but just as I thought I'd seen it all, I was shown differently. The other day, I took advantage of the free walking tours of York where I ventured beyond the city walls into Roman York.
For two bitterly cold hours, a guide led us along a trail marked with golden castle pins set in the cobblestone roads staking out locations of interest. And there are hundreds, half of which I don't remember the meanings seeing as my brain was frozen solid. However, the pins I do remember are sites one would never see in the States, sites so old I could hardly comprehend their authenticity.
Our first stop was the west wall of Eboracum, the Roman name for York, called the Multangular Tower. Standing strong since the Romans first settled in 71 AD, the wall demonstrates the strength of Roman architecture, and the beauty. Also excavated nearby were ancient Roman coffins carved from stone. "Dead beds" as the guide called them.