The “Old” Newcastle – Newcastle Upon Tyne Field Trip Friday#18

Today we ventured out via bus to our neighbouring city, Newcastle.  A friend that volunteers with us at the Cathedral wanted to show us around Newcastle.  We had really wanted to see the Castle at Newcastle.  I knew in the beginning upon moving here and flying in to Newcastle that there must be a castle there somewhere.  You don’t give a city a name like that when there is no castle.  Right?  I also suspected that it was not “new”.

 

We had only been to Newcastle a few times to the Metro Centre, a retail shopping mall, but we had never experienced the history side of this city.  Our friend planned a great tour of so many wonderful things.  Right out of the bus station we caught a red express double decker bus AND the kids managed upstairs, front row seats.  Score!

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Not two minutes down the road our lovely bus over heated.  Everybody off……… wait for a new bus to come pick us up.

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The driver was very nice and tried to make the best out of a short wait on the side of the road.  A blue double decker arrived , the kids STILL landed upstairs, front row seats.  Meg would probably say, “It’s my freckles.” 🙂

So we were once again on our way.  Not quite as quickly as this bus was not a express but it was Field Trip Friday.  Enjoy!

We arrived in Newcastle.  We saw beautiful parts of the city including Grey Street, named after Earl Grey of afternoon tea fame.

 

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We even had a chance to listen to some lovely Northumbrian Pipes.

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We saw the Black Gate, named for a man originally, not the colour of the stone.

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We walked under the train tracks, more about those tomorrow.

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The castle was really amazing.

 

It contained so many twisting corridors and spiral staircases that we became lost from each other and found each other again like a great game of Hide and Seek.  I will tell you more tomorrow about the castle, the amazing library that our friend showed us as well as some other interesting things about this city with a not so New Castle.

 

Cheers,

Beth

 

 

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