After spending a night in the car, time to take a driving tour around Newcastle city, which means driving across the Tyne Bridge..
But before that,
Not sure where Chiew Yen got some cucumber, and she is kind enough to share with us =)
We went to the toilet inside Gateshead train station. The toilet is not free of charge however, we need to put 20pence into the slot for the door to open.. and it's just a small room with a toilet bowl and a basin..
So we put 20pence and then all the guys got in, and when we were done, another 20pence and all the girls went in..
For 40pence, we managed to use alot of water, and in the process, wet the entire toilet room.. serves the train station operators right for charging us to use public amenities XD
During our Scotland trip, Nick and I were in the same car.. we got into intensed exchange or words all the time when we get into city areas: I was always complaining that he drived too fast and I can't catch up on the maps, and he was always frustrated that I read the map too slowly while he was driving..
Well, last night, he arrived with the 3 girls before us, and they ventured into Newcastle city by themselves.. I'm not sure how many wrong turns they took, but when we finally arrived, Nick literally threw the city map to me and said: "Now I know how difficult it is to navigate a new city while driving"
So this morning, this eye-spinning task was once again charged upon me.. I wasn't really sure what Newcastle had to offer to be honest.. initially I was even hesitant when Bing suggested including Newcastle as part of the itinery.. actually I had wanted to go to Wales instead.. what's the point of coming all the way north just for the sake of 2 bridges? We have more than enough of unique bridges in Putrajaya don't we?
Well, anyway, the ONLY place that I can recognize in the city map is,
St James' Park (pronounced as St Jame-ses Park), Newcastle United's homeground.. Chinatown located nearby is a fortunate coincidence..
We did not stop to check out Chinatown, headed straight to the stadium..
Entry to the stadium only comes with a football match ticket, a season pass, or a booking for the stadium tour, and since we had neither of the 3, the outside was as far as we got..
Having no idea on what else to do, headed back across the bridge to Gateshead..
Let's just take a stroll across the Millenium Bridge again like we did last night, just that now is day time, so the feel is different..
There's also trinkets, toys, clothes and accessories for sale..
There's a 3rd bridge in Newcastle that is quite special, although not as famous..
This bridge is called the Swing Bridge, because when a ship wants to pass thru, the bridge would swing 90 degrees and allow passage for the ship..
We were not lucky enough to witness this happening, but it would have looked
We made our way back to Gateshead by this bridge, and as we neared our cars, which were parked near Millenium Bridge,
The Swing Bridge swings a passage for ships to pass, this Millenium Bridge just.. lift itself up!
Of course, when the ship is closing in, there will be notice, and the marshalls will stop people and bicycles from using the bridge..
Newcastle is famous for the 2 bridges, but there's 1 more thing that is ultra famous in the region..
Less than 5 miles south of Gateshead,
No la.. the ice cream van is not famous at all, I just felt like buying, because I've had a wonderful experience eating ice cream in a very cold weather, tried that when I went to China few years ago, and the feel is superb!
But the ice cream van is selling ice cream to tourists who came to see this famous thing..
This Angel of the North is a gigantic steel sculpture designed by some crazy dude, with a huge wing spanning out...
I'm telling u, the wind is absofuckinglutely strong here, and this steel sculpture, with its huge wings, is standing there steadily without sway! Amazing!
U might not be so convinced when I said the sculpture is gigantic.. let me show it to u..
When my buddies saw me buying the ice cream, they all had the same thought: "This idiot!"
But, after I offered my ice cream for them to try it out,
We will be going separately with Nick and the girls after this, they will be heading to the Lake District while we head to Blackpool..
Newcastle is on the north of England, and is quite close to Scotland already,