Day 4: In Newcastle
At my guide Tom’s advice, I took a half hour train ride the following day to Tynemouth on the coast – and am I glad I did! A picturesque beach with a castle overlooking the sea, it was one of the earliest landing points for invading Vikings. Of course, there isn’t a sign of violence in this calm town. I had delicious cakes and coffee at Dil & the Bear followed by a shopping spree at the Razzberry Bazaar.
Back to Newcastle, I went into the Life Science Centre near the railway station, the displays of Commodore and Atari computers bringing back memories of the 1980s. I was back at the castle – and went in this time. Winding steps took me around its many chambers – I found myself at the rooftop eventually where I could literally see most of Newcastle – Gateshead, including the seven bridges spanning the Tyne river. Back on ground, I explored the shopping malls of Newcastle including the Intu Eldon Square – one of the biggest in the UK. Dinner was reserved at the Blackfriars – voted as the best restaurant in Newcastle. It had served as the refectory in the former monastery of the Blackfriar monks.