Monday, 9 August 2010
Yoo Hoo - I'm back
Did'ya miss me? (please don't answer that if the answer is NO!!!). Thought I would post some piccies on Newcastle - which was really lovely btw . . . .
On our way to the hotel the traffic was really backed up on the A1 (for reason or reasons unknown) so we took a detour - how cool was it that the detour took us right past the Angel of the North so we just had to park up and have one of those Kodak Moments!!!
Well we made it to our hotel, despite finding that Satnav didn't realise how many of the streets were one way . . . and that was the WRONG way! Our hotel was really very nice and we had a lovely view of the river Tyne and were just a short walk from the centre of town and the fab Millennium Bridge which tilts - no, honestly, it tilts. We were lucky enough to catch it tilting and just HAD to take piccies - an astonishing feat of engineering - if you are ever there then you should try and catch it. Apparently, it tilts every day at mid day . . . and obviously if boats need for it to tilt to get through then it tilts at other times too.
Our first full day in Newcastle saw us chowing down on the hotels most excellent full English breakfast which set us up for a day's shopping!!! First stop was Tynemouth for the wonderfully bohemian Razzberry Bazaar where I met Jane (who I'd been talking to over the phone for years), she became my personal shopper for the morning whilst hubby yawned and leaned against the railings outside! I also met the owner - a fab soul too. Then it was on to Karen, from craftbubble's recommended stop . . . Imagenation in Washington. A great big barn of a place, stuffed to the gunwales with all manner of crafting goodies - can you believe I didn't spend that much? Reckon I must be sickening for something, but then - I had just bought two tops from Jane at R.B.!
Then it was off to a Hobby shop for Steve - only fair - don't you think? Well, suffice it to say that he didn't mind his one shop (whereas I managed two!) as he was HIGHLY successful in there.
SO - back to Newcastle for the evening. We found some lovely places to eat in the shape of Charlies (champagne bar and restaurant!) and Saffron (Indian cuisine) and then Uno's where the pizza was fantabulous and finally on our last night we ate in the hotel and the fillet steak was DIVINE - helped along by a couple of glasses of what Charlies Champagne bar is famous for!! More piccies tomorrow dear readers . . . . . hope you enjoy peeking at these!