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.