Monday, August 30, 2010

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

We didn't have to range too far to see some of the sights of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Our hotel was just half a block from the station--indeed, our window looked over the station but the room was quiet.  Not so the streets on a Saturday night. We'd been told that Newcastle was the in place for a weekend party, and there was a lot of partying going on about. We were ready to hit the sack, though, so after a meal, we waited till the morning to have a good look around. Just down the road to the right, St. Nicholas Cathedral (Church of England) and to the left, the Cathedral Church of St. Mary (Roman Catholic) where we attended Sunday morning Mass. It dates only back to the mid-1800s, the Gothic Revival design was the work of architect Augustus Welby Pugin, and its stained glass windows are significant.


















The statue of Cardinal Hume in the memorial garden makes a lovely spot to reflect.
Like any British city which has been around for a very long time, Newcastle has--a CASTLE!!!

...and like any good city on a river--the River Tyne--Newcastle has some fascinating bridges. (oh, Geometry for Monday!!!)

We used Newcastle as a starting point to get to Hadrian's Wall, but there is lots else about the city. On the weekend, it is party hardy; there's a huge exhibition center for science and related exhibits; but sometimes all you need is just a spot to sit and philosophize.
Next stop, Hadrian's Wall, then on the Lincoln and another great blogger meet-up. Yes, Stewart, we are almost there.

6 comments:

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Katney,
queste sono veramente delle belle foto.
Mi piace molto la torre con l'orologio.
Buona serata.

Liz said...

Your photos make me want to go and visit Newcastle!

katney said...

And it isn't even in our guidebooks. There was much to see that we missed. But time so short, and bloggers to visit. I've jsut put up Hadrian's Wall for the next post. George would enjoy walking there, though since much of it is in sheep pasture, he might be required to stay on a lead.

Paulie said...

Oh yes! Great round bench!!!!!!! Ü

Paulie said...

I really think there should have been a bench by that statue. . . Looks like you had a great vacation.

Paulie said...

I forgot to mention how lovely that arc bridge is. . .