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Quaint cobbled streets, history round every corner and rampant night life: York has got it all. And last weekend I experienced this multifaceted city from all angles, thanks to a hen-do plus some pretty swell train times allowing us to squeeze out a few hours of sightseeing.

For the weekend, I decided to do something completely different. So, I left my beloved SLR camera at home and bought a disposable camera from Boots. I haven’t done this in years, and I would whole-heartedly recommend you give it a go. Instead of spending the weekend worrying about getting the perfect-looking shot, I rediscovered the long-lost joy of patiently waiting for the right moment to click the shutter release, knowing I only had 27 pictures to play with. And, instead of the instant gratification you get with SLRs, I actually really enjoyed the painstakingly long wait to get the photos developed.

And, naturally, not all of them came out perfectly. But I loved the experiment. I found I had completely forgotten about what I had taken photos of because I would often just concentrate on each picture for a few seconds before moving on to explore the next cobbled street. Here are some of my favourites:


The river was one of the first things I saw as we walked into town. I just loved how rural and un-touched it seemed compared to the heaving canals of Amsterdam, where boats vie for space and an endless stream of houses overlook the water.

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Saturday also saw a wedding take place in the city, with a VW van acting as transportation for the big day:36560026

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36560023One of the squares was filled up with Morris dancers and bands – can you get any more quintessentially English than this?!

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Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms regularly draws a huge crowd – and it’s easy to see why. With almost 100 years of history behind it, Betty’s is one of the most iconic places to enjoy a cup of tea in the UK. Today, there are six Bettys spread across the North, with two of them in York alone.36560011York’s museum gardens near the train station are a beautiful spot for picnics when the weather’s playing ball. As well as the well-kept grounds and ice cream vans, you’ll also find the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey church which was destroyed during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the 14th century. 

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I’d encourage you all to buy a cheap camera for your next trip, whether it be close to home or the other side of the world. Sure you don’t get the same quality as you do with a digital camera, but the art of snapping a moment in time and rediscovering it days later more than makes up for it.

Have you visited the lovely city of York? Would you consider using a disposable camera for your next trip?