Monday Ben, Michelle & I decided to explore around our neck of the woods a bit. We showed her Newcastle, and also visited the coast to check out Tynemouth (some fun ruins). I think I’ve mentioned this before, but Newcastle reminds us much of Portland with all of the bridges. It has a very modern feeling – I don’t think some of these shots look like England at all. We had a good day – bad luck with catching the bus, but we made it there and back eventually which is what counts. Oh, and thanks Michelle for the pictures. :)
The opera house in the background
The Millennium Bridge
Yesterday Em & I explored around Newcastle & did some serious shopping. Didn’t find much, but still it was serious. We had fun making each other try on some of the “trendy” new outfits that are in. Usually I’m the one making Em try things on, and she’s the one squirming with discomfort. This time, however, it was her idea. Seriously though, I can’t believe some of the crazy eighties clothes that are out now (makes me feel so old). However, so much can change in 24 hours. We were out grocery shopping today and were each carded. The legal age to drink here is 18. I think our collective age gets lower the longer we’re together…
We found a Starbucks
It was yummy...
The shirt Em made me try on. Hmm...
And what I found for Em. I thought it would take more than 20 years for styles I grew up with to come back.
Saturday Ben & I decided to explore a bit outside of Durham. We took a 50 minute bus ride to “Newcastle upon Tyne”. We refer to it as Newcastle, but it’s official name is Newcastle upon Tyne, because it is on the River Tyne. It’s only a 15 minute train ride, but our bus picks up right outside our door, so after you travel to the train station & wait, we figured it was a wash. Anyways, we had a great day! We mostly explored & looked around all the shops and then walked along the river & enjoyed the view. Apparently Newcastle is the place to go shopping because it was filled with loads of people bustling around doing their Christmas shopping. We also went to coffee at a Starbucks, just to get a taste of home. I got an egg nog latte. It was good, not the best I’ve had, but it was mostly for nostalgia’s sake that we were there and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were reminded a bit of Portland as we walked along the river and were surrounded by so many bridges. We miss Portland!! All in all, it was a great day. We love that we can do afternoon trips like this. It’s great. And, before I start up again with work, we’re for sure going to Scotland for a weekend. That trips in the working. For now, enjoy pictures from Newcastle upon Tyne,
St Nicolas Cathedral
The organ. I love walking into a cathedral & just soaking it all in-the view & the amazing organ music. It's mostly angelic, but sometimes a bit scary.
Stained glass windows. Look closely.
I liked this shot.
The Black Gate. Ben loved it way too much.
A little castle we happened upon.
At the castle door
The River Tyne
View from the top of the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art. There's a cool looking restaurant at the top. Em, when you come, I'm taking you here.