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England Travels: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling generally well rested. The next step was to head to the train station (Cambridge North, a ten to fifteen minute walk), and catch a train north to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, our next destination.

It took about 3 hours to get to the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne station (I will shift to the shortened, more widely used, and less pretentious town name of merely Newcastle, but not quite yet) and then probably 30-45 minutes to find the office for Alamo car rentals.

We knew it was near the station. We walked around the area, stopped in a nice hotel a block away and asked them to look it up. Then went back to the station. Asked someone there. No one really knew about it. But eventually they pointed us to a car rental place in the outside corner of the station. I figured at the least, they would know the name of their competitior where I had a reservation. As it turns out, in England they spell some words differently than in the US. Alamo is spelled Enterprise. As is Budget. Fuckers. That explained why, when I had called Alamo to make the reservation, they didn't actually KNOW they had a location in the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne train station. The all-seeing Google had assured me such a place did exist, and apparently that was able to convince them or their computer to allow that.

Anyway, the people were actually quite nice and since they do handle rentals from all three companies, they had my reservation. It cost an extra £10/day to add Stephanie as a driver, but I figured it'd be worth it. Despite her objections, and based on the advice from several other friends, I had rented a car with an automatic transmission. I had asked for a small car, but wound up being given a Vauxhall sedan. I asked them if we could leave the car there (with our bags locked in it) for a few hours while we got lunch and explored a little of the town by the riverfront area and not have to deal with navigation and parking and such. They were completely accomodating and said it wouldn't be a problem.

So we walked around a bit, had lunch at a pub-ish place. And then walked along the water in the Quayside area. (Note: in the US, it would be pronounced kway-side; in England key-side.) We were near the area of where the remains of the new castle of Newcastle is, saw some art and sculptures and such, before we headed off. It was pretty cold, like in the mid 40sF/5-8C, overcast, with a bit of wind. I was glad I had taken my gloves with me.

2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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The train to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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Before our train arrived, a freight train stopped at the station for a minute...(more)

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I was curious about the black shock absorbers between cars. I couldn't see any...(more)

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The English countryside seen from the train.

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It's a foggy day, so visibility is limited.

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Frank ponders the universe on the train. Not at all staged. OK, maybe a bit.


Quayside area in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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Sage Gateshead concert venue. It's on the south side of the river.

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A signpost along the Tyne River.


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Looking west at two bridges over the Tyne, the near one is Bridge Street and...(more)



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The Tyne Bridge viewed from underneath on the north bank. It's a flat bridge...(more)


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The Custom House.

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Looking east at the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, a footbridge.

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Another picture of the Gateshead Millenium Bridge.

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The Sage Gateshead concert venue, a sort of pixelated mutant silver bean.


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A composite shot of the HMS Newcastle/Quayside Seaside playground (or play...(more)


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A picture of the Gateshead Millenium bridge with the BALTIC Centre for...(more)

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I think I was intending to link this and the previous one together, but who has...(more)

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The bridge and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Stephanie looks to the west down the River Tyne and its bridges while trying...(more)

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The Tyne Bridge (green) with 3 other bridges behind it (red/white, blue, and...(more)

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Frank on the Gateshead Millenium Bridge in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

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Another of Frank on a bridge over the River Tyne in Newcastle.

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Quayside in Newcastle. The far left place is called "The Pitcher and...(more)

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More views from the River Tyne looking east.

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The quayside, north short, by the Tyne bridge. A bar in the building by the...(more)

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Sandgate is an area on the north side of the Tyne just beyonghte Millenium...(more)

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There was a scuplture by Sandgate.

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A statue commemorating slaves (I think), as seen from Sandgate looking south to...(more)

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I thought the graffiti was colorful and looked kind of cool even though the...(more)

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Stephanie is looking at the ruins of the corner watchtower.


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A composite picture of the remains of the corner watchtowner that was along the...(more)


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Information about the corner watchtower. The sign has seen better days and is...(more)

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Another old area of town. Likely where the workers lived or worked or...(more)


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A picture of the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas. It was almost 3pm. We...(more)


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A monument to Queen Victoria in front of the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas.

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Note that there's a free ping-pong table in the train station! That's cool!...(more)




2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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