Sunday, October 13, 2019

Newcastle Day 6. A Tyne River Cruise

Gosh this took a long time to write, but here we go.

Where else would you meet up with family for a river cruise? At the Slug & Lettuce, of course. The river cruise company, https://riverescapes.co.uk/sightseeing/quay-to-city/, took us for a one hour cruise up and down the river at the very reasonable cost of £7. We saw all seven bridges over the River Tyne (there is a tunnel too, and I think with another tunnel being built). This link simply shows you each bridge, https://www.triposo.com/layer/4rlxmpd and no, you are not seeing Sydney Harbour Bridge.


We departed late because of stragglers. Oh no, look at all those walking sticks and walking frames coming down the ramp but we still had the full hour. The SS Minnow Coventina was absolutely full.




"Captain, what happens if I pull that lever like this?"


Clever photographers from the right vantage point can get all seven bridges in shot. Me, not so clever.


The High Level Bridge was opened by Queen Victoria in 1849 and carries road, rail and foot traffic.


'The Sage' is a performance and exhibition space on the southern riverbank, correctly called Gateshead, not Newcastle.


Aside from its official name as The Millennium Bridge, this foot and cycle bridge is known as the 'Winking Eye', because of the way it opens to give clearance for ships to sail underneath. We always forget about it and just miss the daily opening at 1pm.


This is Our Lady and St Vincent church dominating the northern river bank.


Looking up King Street towards All Saints Church.


The old flour mill is now a contemporary art exhibition space.





In behind here is known as the Tidal Basin.


I think it is St Thomas The Martyr church in the background.





Old Fish Market.


For good and cheap food along with good service, there is nothing quite like Wetherspoons, found all over the country. We've been to two in the past, this same one here in a old hotel, and another in Hexham in an old picture theatre. After a late lunch we sat in the sunshine in the rear courtyard and chatted. There are some very old bricks in this wall.


Salmon cooked by R's sister for dinner after a large lunch.



In an amazing coincidence two of R's sisters bought the same mirror for their respective lounge rooms and neither knew. 



Next holiday post, R and I went to town during the day, and then rather too much in the evening. I would have embarrassed R if he knew what I said to one of his rels, but he doesn't.

26 comments:

  1. I do like a river cruise. Thank you for taking us along. I enjoyed the scenery along the way too.
    And now you have me wondering just what you said to R's rel.

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    1. EC, just a little too tightly packed in, but it was good. It's not really a cliffhanger but it was a strange experience for me.

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  2. My sister and I do stuff like that all the time. Most recently we bought each other the same book! LOL
    Can hardly wait to hear what trouble you got yourself into!

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    1. Mariebeth, you made me laugh.

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  3. Last time we were there we walked across the footbridge to the Baltic Centre and had lunch in the restaurant there with a fantastic view along the river.

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    1. Tasker, we have been inside the Baltic Centre in the past but oh, the art.....was it at all art? It is a nice riverbank when the weather is good.

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  4. People might say similar about me when they see me coming with my walking stick in hand...but they won't see me coming if I hear them and use it to whack them over the head or behind the knees with it!!!

    Have a good week, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lol Lee. I was trying to think of a reader who used a stick or frame, and I forgot you.

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  5. I find that wall interesting. So often with buildings a hundred years or older I wonder what am I looking at that's actually that old since I know things are inevitably going to get replaced over the years. But those bricks in that picture DO look like they were there originally.

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    1. Kirk, I think some are every old as it is right near the centre of the city and on the riverbank. I expect the wall was once part some kind of shopping warehouse.

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  6. Great river cruise, I am a fan. Last one I took was the Seine. There are none here as the weather is too unpredictable and the water damn rough, kayaks, lol and only the young and brave bouncing around on them.
    You captured it all so well, thanks.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, cruising the Seine is great. You are in NS? One of our travelling companions during our South African tour worked on NS ferries. I guess they have to be a decent size in such weather.

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  7. S.S. Minnow cracked me up! The city looks really interesting and all the bridges in one area wow! The mirror is just beautiful, my sister and I have similar tastes too.

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    1. Cheryl, not everyone would get the reference, but at least you did. Thanks.

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  8. That is a LOT of bridges but I guess there is a lot of water to be crossed. A river cruise is a nice way to see a different view of the same area.

    Now how did you get into trouble THIS time? ha ha

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    1. Jenny, two of them are rail bridges only. It does seem odd to have so many bridges. This time? Whatchoo sayin?

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  9. A bridge opened in 1894 and still carrying road rail and foot traffic! Here in SA bridges more than a year old are showing signs of being not so well made :(
    Old Fish Market? Why would anyone want to buy old fish when fresh is so much nicer? (*~*) Ha Ha.

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    1. River, you transposed. It was 1849, even more impressive. I should have put it in a sentence and type old Fish Market rather than Old Fish Market.

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  10. The old Baltic Flour Mill might have been pulled down in a fit of vandalism, but thankfully it was converted into a really lovely art exhibition space. Amongst all the gallery spaces in Newcastle, I enjoyed the flour mill's architecture most of all.

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    1. Hels, it is a great space. But I was not keen on the content but that is just me and what I think of some modern art.

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  11. That would be a nice river cruise, going under all the bridges. We did one in Porto (Portugal) that goes under 6 bridges.
    The Sage is a very unusual building and I quite like that mirror too.

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    1. Sami, I don't remember the bridges in Porto aside from the major one. How I would like to be back there now, sipping wine, eating fish cakes and riding on trams.

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  12. Getting all seven bridges in sounds like a challenge I might like to attempt Andrew 😊 The Sage is an extraordinary piece of architecture, good link. Both R's sisters have good taste picking that Art Deco mirror 😉

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    1. Grace, I am sure you could do take that shot and get it right.

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  13. At least that beautiful boat didn't tip over and dump the tourists into the river. Seems like I hear stories like that on the news often the last two years. Slugs and Lettuce sure do go together, where you find one you find the other. So are the slugs the customers and the lettuce ale maybe?

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    1. Strayer, perhaps you have that right about slugs and lettuce.

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