|Capt. Cook stands on the West Cliff, looking out to the Whitby Ruins on the East Cliff, Whitby UK|
|Church of St. Thomas the Martyr|
Newcastle is the most populous city of 200,000 in North East England. At its Chinatown I was able to shop for much-missed Asian groceries and get a treat of delectable dimsum. The City Centre is divided into several districts. Haymarket is the city’s northern edge, mainly a business area. The Church of St Thomas the Martyr is a prominent landmark opposite the Metro station. The Quayside is the more modern part and is marked by four bridges that cross the River Tyne: The High Level Bridge, the Swing Bridge, the Tyne Bridge and the Millennium Bridge. Other smaller areas are Central Station around the Newcastle railway station, Grainger Town, and Gallowgate.
|@ Corbridge Town Square|
My first whiff of North East England’s rural scene was Corbridge, just 26 kilometers west of Newcastle. We had a lot of photos taken at the little town square where the couple spends many a Friday evening, just sipping wine, with nary a care. A pretty river runs through town and a charming little English bridge runs over it. Flowers still abound through the height of summer.
|King Edward's Bay|
|the old swimming pool at Tynemouth|
|the view of the East Cliff from the West Cliff of Whitby Harbor|
|at Whitby Abbey Ruins|
|with the Dracula cast|
|beautiful view of the Whitby Harbor|
|the spectacular Castle at the background|
|the island is accessible only at low tide|
|Priory Ruins on Holy Island|
The island plays an important part in Christianity. In the early 700s the Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated illustrated Latin copy of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, was made there. Sometime in the second half of the 10th century an Anglo-Saxon (Old English) gloss was added to the Latin text, producing the earliest surviving Old English copies of the Gospels. The Gospels were written with a good hand, but the illustrations, of Celtic, Germanic and Roman elements, are outstanding. The Lindisfarne Gospels now reside in the British Library in London. Too bad we didn’t get to see it!
In medieval days when monks inhabited the island, it was thought that if the soul was in God's keeping, the body must be fortified with Lindisfarne Mead. The monks have long vanished, but the mead's recipe remains a secret of the family which still produces it. Lindisfarne mead is produced at St Aidan's Winery, and sold throughout the world. Of course, I bought one for Bill to taste!
|April at the Joust|
What an unforgettable one month of stay with Clint and April. Bill was not with me but it was a great bonding time for me and my youngest and my new son-in-law. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did because Northeast England is a great place to tour!