I'm Tom Splittstoesser, an ME student at Michigan Tech with only a semester left! I joined the study abroad program here to mop up the rest of those pesky credits I need to complete my International Studies Minor.
Today the gang visited three sites on its way to York, the first of which was Barnard Castle. If you have never seen nor heard of it, all you need to know is that it is large to the point of nearly being a fortified town and it has a ton of gates. The take away from this castle was that it was expensive to maintain, hard to guard, and therefore captured many times. The smaller they are, the easier they are to watch!
Next up was Richmond Castle, an enormously tall and imposing fortification with large interiors worth exploring. Although it fell into disrepair in the 16th century due to abandonment, it was later used as a sort of prison for those English soldiers that refused to fight in WWI.
The last place we visited, was the Ripon Cathedral. It was a quick visit though since there was a ceremony about to start celebrating the crowning of a new Bishop! Even if it was a series of quick glances, the perpendicular and Gothic architecture was beautiful.
Once we arrived in York, we took a short stroll around town and got an early peak at York Minster Cathedral (The largest Gothic Cathedral in all of Europe). Tune in tomorrow to read more!