Tuesday, 15 May 2018
International Hanse Day on Trinity Square that celebrates Hull's past and present connection with the Hanseatic League (a marine alliance of trading guilds). Against the majestic backdrop of 14th-century Hull Minster, actors in medieval costume play traditional crumhorn and shawms, breathe fire and weave wool. It makes for people-watching of a most unusual sort as we settle on a bench to enjoy gooey caramel shortbread from nearby Be Coffee, lovely leaf tea from Caffeinated and Sicilian pistachio cake - scrumptious! - from friendly Alessandro's Italian Bakery, both in Trinity Market. No good city trip would be complete without some world-class art, and Ferens Art Gallery provides it in the shape of Van Dyke's Triple Portrait of Charles I on loan from the Royal Collection. Within its temple-like white facade, Ferens houses an exceptional collection of works by European Old Masters, marine painting and contemporary British art - and admission is completely free! Later, as we fly out of England to return to Switzerland, our plane is diverted due to French air traffic control strikes. And in a lovely twist of fate, we glide right over the river at Faxfleet, and can see that majestic meeting of rivers at the Humber, which winds its course to Hull, past Spurn Point and out into the North Sea.