The weather forecast said it was going to be cold and wet today, but they got it wrong, it was dry and warm. I've had a lovely day in Newcastle. Caught a bus outside the guest house into town, straight to the station and a train to Newcastle was waiting on the platform. The public transport system in the north east is excellent, all the neighbouring towns are served well with buses which run frequently. It took seventeen minutes from Durham to Newcastle, the fare was £7. I could have traveled free on the bus, but I wanted a quick journey to give me more time to look round.
Liz at the guest house gave me a street map which was very useful. There is such a lot to see, I knew I wouldn't have time to do it all, so I picked out a few places of interest. I turned right down Neville Street and crossed a busy junction to take a look at the Black Gate, and Castle Keep, the gateway to Old Newcastle.
I took a walk over the High Level Bridge. The next two photo's show the Swing Bridge and the Tyne Bridge.
Spotted on the edge of the water in the mud, mummy duck with seven chicks. I stood watching for a while, I hope they will be alright.
Just across from there is Sage, an amazing shiny building shaped like a big fat lumpy slug. I went inside to have a look. There are three different auditoriums inside, where all kinds of musical concerts take place. There are shops, cafeterias, and teaching and conference facilities.
This is Baltic. It's six stories high, and I'm pleased to say, I didn't take the lift I used the stairs. There were three exhibitions on, but two of the floors were not open due to them preparing for the next exhibition.
On the sixth floor is a viewing platform.
Next I crossed back over the river and took a walk up Dean Street and Grey Street, there are a lot of interesting old buildings.
I sat for a while in the gardens at the Civic Centre, where I saw this war memorial. I wanted to go to the Laing Art Gallery but it was closed due to the staff being on strike. Bit disappointed about that.
Next to Chinatown through the Arch.
The tall blue building on the right under construction is to be the new student accommodation flats.
I've had a lovely day, nattered to some nice people. I met a woman with a dog, she stopped to watch the duck and chicks, we were chatting for twenty minutes. She rescued the dog from Malta, where she was living at the time, and brought it back to England. I love a good doggy story with a happy ending.
I will make a stop somewhere on the way back and go for a walk, I'll check the Yorkshire map. Bye for now, thanks for reading.