Travel Photo of the Day (Jan. 18)

I took this photo while wandering around the Yorkshire Museum grounds.  It was a cold, rainy and windy day.  I loved the atmosphere while exploring the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.  It was constructed in 1088 and this Benedictine monastery was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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45 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (Jan. 18)

  1. Fergiemoto says:

    These ancient ruins are beautiful!

  2. That’s a striking photo!

  3. wolke205 says:

    Wow! I love ruins like this, wonderful photo as always 😀

  4. Novroz says:

    I like it. it could be used as horror movie 😉

  5. Jo Bryant says:

    wow exactly very impressive

  6. Almost a 1000 years old, incredible!

  7. hillarypat says:

    Hi I’m a new follower of your blog. I’ve just popped in to say hello! York is a beautiful city, isn’t it? I can’t wait to go back there someday.

    • TBM says:

      Hi thanks for following. I loved York. We have a couple of friends there so we are hoping to go back soon. The town has a great atmosphere. Thanks for saying hi!

  8. T.F.Walsh says:

    I love old churches… you have the best photos

  9. Now that looks like a photographer’s heaven! I think I would need a really large memory card for a tour of that abbey. Great shot!

    • TBM says:

      You would. I didn’t get the chance to take too many pictures since we had three young children with us, and one of them got himself stuck in a tree. I had to stop taking photos and help with the rescue mission. Fortunately no children or trees were hurt. Maybe a bruised ego.

      • As long as he was ok of course, too bad you couldn’t take pictures of the rescue. That could have been an interesting blog post!!

      • TBM says:

        I took a picture of the tree. If I was a kid I would have climbed it as well. It had branches everywhere. He was a little upset and I think embarrassed that he was scared. I didn’t want to add to his trauma.

  10. I don’t usually find the beauty in churches, but you really have captured the feel of the place.

  11. niasunset says:

    This is beautiful, I loved it. Thank you dear TBM, have a nice day, with my love, nia

  12. Kristina says:

    Loves those ruin, they still look magnificent, after all this years! If Henry VIII wouldn’t have be so greedy, we might off still have the monastery standing there! So I figured you went to visit York? I bet you like all the quirkiness: D

    • TBM says:

      We went to York over New Year’s and stayed with friends. Yes I did love the quirkiness and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it some more. Such a quaint town!

  13. The tone is just perfect for ruins like this. Love the photo! 🙂

  14. Tracy says:

    I want nothing more than to be reading a book on the bench in this photo!

  15. Perfect setting for an enchanted story with wolves, goblins, and evil priests. 🙂 And yes little boys who get stuck in a tree. 🙂

  16. Nandini says:

    Oooh the fascinating history captured here. Great shot. 🙂

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  18. I love Yorkshire, it is so rich with history. I went to University in Leeds and we often went down to the ruins nearby. Haunting but beautiful all at the same time. Another reason to love England 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t been to Leeds yet, but we have some friends there that we want to visit. York was so pretty. I loved the feel of the town and of the ruins. And you are right, yet another reason to love England!

  19. carol says:

    Wow, gorgeous. And amazing that’s been there for almost 1000 years.

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