If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of the North East of England. I lived in Newcastle for four years and something happened to me in that city… I became emotionally attached to a part of our country in a way that I’d never felt before. Unfortunately, the six hour drive vs the ridiculous cost of train travel in this country means I don’t get to go back nearly as often as I’d like. However, when I do, it’s flippin’ brilliant!
If you’ve never been to Newcastle then I suggest you put it on your list. When I made my New Year’s Resolutions I promised I’d explore cities that I’ve never been to, but sometimes you just have to do what you love.
On the day we arrived in Newcastle, I headed straight for the Quayside. The sight of the seven bridges make me happy, especially when there’s a beautiful sunset. (Apologies for the awful photograph. This is what happens when your phone is rubbish and you’re driving whilst photographing!)
On Friday we went to Jesmond Dene House to celebrate our anniversary. It’s known as one of the best restaurants in the North East and yet, for some reason, we never went when we lived in the area. We approached it through the woodland, spotting the huge building through the trees on an overcast day. It looks a bit miserable in the photograph, but it felt quite magical and an Elderflower Bellini or two soon brought out the smiles. Three courses, coffees and chocolates meant we left feeling totally stuffed and ready for a food-nap.
After lunch we went back to our old local and reminded ourselves why we spent so much time – and money – in there. The Brandling Villa is a great local with a brilliant pub quiz on a Sunday night but now they have something I love even more. This will sound weird, but toilet wallpaper is just brilliant! I don’t normally take photographs in public toilets, but I guess that’s because I’ve never seen walls that look this good.
Plus, best of all, it has the Angel. The Angel of the North splits opinion but I think it’s such a fantastic landmark; I love that as I drive up the A1 I see it over the hill and I know that I’m home. Plus, when the sun’s out, it makes for some lovely photographs.