Sunday, October 06, 2019

Newcastle Day 2

It was a slow start without reason to rush, and after feeling rushed for a couple of weeks, it was luxury. Eventually we, R, myself and R's sister were showered and dressed. We went by taxi to a supermarket at a shopping centre and bought stuffs. We caught another taxi back home. Taxi drivers in Newcastle are incredibly friendly and chatty but only if you want to chat. There is an infrequent quite cheap non normal public transport bus that passes R's sister's house but the service is infrequent and the bus is often late, as I noted. Not enough time allowed for walking sticks, walking frames and shopping jeeps.

We lunched at the shopping centre and R's sister cooked us an evening meal. I didn't really take photos that day, so here a few from another day.

Modern England. Mosque?


Photos of some remains of Hadrian's Wall built in Roman times 128AD, to protect the area from the Scots to the north. That is quite some old history we passed by on the 39 bus along the West Road.





21 comments:

  1. I had never considered that parts of Hadrian's Wall would simply lie like piles of rubble in the suburbs. A very new perspective.
    I suspect a quiet day was more than welcomed by you and R.

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    1. Hadrians Wall from the bus was rather trippy EC. Indeed the quiet day was welcomed by us.

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  2. I am surprised to see parts of Hadrian's wallin the middle of a housing estate.

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    1. Marie, I think the West Road would have been a Roman road to Carlisle in the north west. Housing grew along it as the city expanded in all directions, well not too much east.

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  3. You're such an industrious blogger, Andrew. I admire your frequency....and thank you for sharing your travels with those of us less travelled.

    I'm flat out blogging once a week! That is not saying I'm out and about kicking up my heels hitting the social scene...but then, on the other hand, it could be! :)

    Don't say it! I know! I know! I'm slack...and I've been slack in my responses, too! Sorry!

    Have yourself a good week ahead.

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    1. Lee, I am pleased to please. I churn out blog posts. You create blog posts as art and you spend a lot more time on them. Quality over quantity.

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  4. It's so good to have a quiet day or days in between sightseeing on a trip. I really have loved the times we have had a taste of how the local people live rather than rushing around and moving on each day.Your photos of the ruins of Hadrians Wall are great, and show a real contrast between now and ancient times.

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    1. Cheryl, I know what you are saying. While R's family are great, we were really wanting to be home. It is hard to reconcile modern times with 2000 year old walls or rock.

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  5. Those Scots to the north must have been a rowdy, drinking lot!

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    1. Hels, I think you know a bit about the Scots to the north, and the Picts. I am sure the red haired Scots loved to ravish white European women๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. It's all too far north for a southerner like me.

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    1. Cro, sad. It is a very interesting part of England and they feel no connection with people of London or the south.

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  7. Not much left of Hadrian's wall. Did it fall naturally or were parts of it taken down to be used in buildings? something we'll probably never know. The houses look roomy.

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    1. River, I have no idea at all about the wall. To me English houses feel cramped and overfilled with big heavy furniture with everything too close together. The ones in the photo would be as they say there, a two up and two down, or a three up and two down, meaning the living spaces below and the bedrooms on the second storey.

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  8. Protect them from the Scots you say Andrew. Today I saw so many gorgeous Scots in kilts made me quite weak at the knees.. would have you too, post following on Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Yes Grace, protect them from the Scots and whatever might be under their kilts. Look forward to it.

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  9. We walked along Hadrian's Wall in Scotland. I'd no idea it went through people's yards.
    I agree about the homes in England. Very small, cramped with massive furniture.
    Although my stepdaughter and her husband just bought a home and have decorated very modernly. And of course, Jess is American so...

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    1. Mariebeth, does it really. Yes, the younger generations in R's family don't do things quite as squashy.

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  10. I remember Hadrian's wall it was a beautiful landscape. But the wall is also quite long !

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    1. Gattina, I don't know how much of it is left but I think it stretched from one side of the country to the other, which is not that far in that part of the country.

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  11. I like the idea of an easy day off from travel.

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