Tuesday, August 3, 2010

North East England



Arrived in Newcastle England yesterday afternoon, a bit of a hike - 13 hours from Sydney to Dubai (slept well in my business class cocoon, thank you elegant Emirates) and then a quick scoot through many hectares of space to catch the next flight of six hours to Newcastle. Geordie town shining in the sun and after a marathon sleep yesterday afternoon until this morning, up and at 'em. Did a walk around town, through the Quays, a power shop in Boots, a coffee and Scone in Fenwick's (the almost David Jones of Durham)'s, then to Durham. What beautiful little place this is... wonderful, ancient buildings, the cathedral was an inspired creation - truly divine. Durham Cathedral is the shrine to St Cuthbert.
Got the best insight to the city and what it's all about from one of Britain's legendary Blue Badge Guides - Kate showed me what's what. To get to know a place walk with a local.
It's warm, almost balmy today. Every tree is thick with summer leaves and great swathes of green line the roads and the river bank. Durham's river is the Wear, pronounced weir! It's great to be in this part of the country . . .more to come

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