Passing By

nosey neighbour“Watching people is a good hobby, but you have to be careful about it. You can’t let people catch you staring at them. If people catch you, they treat you like a first-class criminal. And maybe they’re right to do that. Maybe it should be a crime to try to see things about people they don’t want you to see.” ~ Carol Rifka Brunt 

This weekend the photo challenge on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is PEOPLE.

GC and I both enjoy people  watching and I especially enjoy watching from a cafe window; watching people in the street can be more interesting than watching the cafe clientele sipping coffee and checking their mobiles (cell phones).

Recently, during a tour of the ‘Chocolate Experience’ when visiting York with my son, the people in the square below our window caught my attention.

IMG_2194A street busker seated on a cushion sang along to his guitar and perched on a bench behind, someone eagerly tucked into his lunch of fish and chips.

A group of youngsters appeared to be waiting around for something, but what, had they too booked the chocolate tour?  Seated amongst them with a heap of backpacks was a pony-tailed chap, I assumed he was their teacher, one who seemed content to leave the youngsters to their own devices while he read a newspaper.

Having a dance

Being of a quizzical nature, I was curious to learn more and while waiting for the chocolate patterns to set on our lollipops that we’d lovingly created, I continued my surveillance of the youngsters in the square. A couple of girls held hands and danced around.


Another pair entertained bystanders by running and leaping on each other (iPhone live photo), this brought smiles to the faces of passersby; another group of youngsters appeared to be comparing their footwear.

I wondered where these young people were from, exchange students perhaps; York is a popular spot for tourists and exchange students. I observed the group more closely, and attempted to work out if  they were English. The girls gave no clues, they could have been from anywhere, but the boys’ hairstyles told a different story. Most English boys of this age place importance on showing off trendy, statement hairstyles, it was clear that these boys did not.


With our chocolate cooled and set we continued with our tour, but by the time the tour was over the group of youngsters had moved on, I was sorry about that because I had hoped to hear them speaking so that I’d have a better idea of their nationality.

(C) 2019 Photo Challenge People from Weekly Prompts,   Fandango’s Quizzical and Ragtag Community’s Pattern.

16 thoughts on “Passing By

  1. People watching is a fascinating way to pass the time. It was one of the few benefits I found living in a city environment. I have a thing for benches and when someone sits on one, I am immediately focused on why they’ve sat down. Is it just to rest, do they have problems to chew over and so on. Thank you again for another great thought-provoking post.

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    1. Exactly Trev! I’m still trying to work out who the yellow bike with trailer belonged to and what is was for. Did it belong it the guy on the bench, his Teeshirt appeared to be advertising something in York, so was he handing out leaflets? Thank you again for your comments Trev. 🙂

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  2. Murphy's Law

    When I was young, taking the bus was my usual mode of transportation, second only to my two feet. Waiting for the bus to arrive was the fun part….PEOPLE WATCHING!! It’s fascinating to observe folks, for curiosities sake only, when they’re not aware they’re being watched.

    BUT, there have been many times when I’ve tripped over my own two feet, or slipped very unladylike, or blew my nose sounding like a bullfrog, when I’ve thought, ” Good grief, I hope nobody was watching me!”
    Hahahah!! What goes around, comes around!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Haha, very true. I have on occasion caught people looking at me and my hand automatically feels the back my skirt just to make sure nothing is tucked in! 😀 thank you Ginger


    1. Thank you, Gerry!
      I think I was very fortunate to happen upon this particular scene, there was so much happening in this small square. Not something you see everyday. xx


  3. Not sure I would be people watching on a ‘chocolate experience’…..mouth watering at the thought of it. Nice shots though Sue. I do hate it when I can’t find out a bit more about the people I’ve been watching.
    Just back from Cornwall where we’ve done lots of watching so I’ll have to get writing!

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    1. In one of the rooms I was lucky enough to be stood by the window when our tour guide was speaking and the scene below was so interesting that just for a minute it fascinated me more than the history of York chocolate, and as soon as she finished speaking I grabbed the opportunity to take photos.

      Hope you had a great time in Cornwall and managed to some decent weather.

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