Archive for November, 2008

Three picture Sunday! – Fenwicks Christmas Window

November 30, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  3 Comments

fenwicks1, Newcastle, UK

We’re past my Dad’s birthday, and it’s the first Sunday of Advent.  So the Christmas countdown (and photos!) can finally begin.

fenwicks2, Newcastle, UK

It’s hard to get a good shot that sums up Fenwicks window.  fenwicks3, Newcastle, UK

So I’ve posted three.  Hope they were worth the wait!

It’s nearly here…

November 29, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

Christmas, Newcastle, UK

I walked past this view on 13th November.  The lights were still being placed – hence the van and the man in a little pod.

The Christmas season officially starts tomorrow.

The Carriage, Jesmond

November 28, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  3 Comments

carriage, newcastle, uk

The Carriage is a pub that used to be Jesmond station house.  The train carriage that can be seen next to it, on the right, is now an Indian restaurant, Valley Junction 397.  I keep meaning to try it.

And I’d like to wish my dad a very happy 60th birthday!  Have a great day Dad :o )

Central Arcade detail

November 27, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  3 Comments

central arcade, newcastle, uk

Detail of the tiles at the end of Central Arcade furthest from Monument.

Wayback Wednesday: Dutch Poffertjes (Pancakes!)

November 26, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments

Dutch Poffertjes, newcastle, uk

The international marketplace is one of my favourite things during the holiday season! And i’ll get to be there to see it! Originally posted on 4 December, 2007, This guy was flipping these tiny pancake things with that stick really really fast and he had oogles of people crowded around to watch. I didn’t try them, but they sure smelled delish!

Continental Market will return to Newcastle in 2008
Monday 24 November – Saturday 6 December 2008
Since 2002 we have also hosted a truly Continental Christmas Market with stalls from Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Spain turning the Monument area into a cosmopolitan market place with stalls packed full of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods to be enjoyed including delicious marzipan stollen, Dutch cheeses, plants and bulbs, Belgian chocolates and German sausages.

Winter Christmas Market
Wednesday 10 December – Sunday 14 December 2008
With the famous City Centre backdrop (Grey’s Monument, Grainger Street, Grey Street and Old Eldon Square) there are over 50 stalls showcasing many local traders with a wide variety of original hand crafted gifts, and tasty treats. Traders sell everything from alpaca hats and gloves to boozy Christmas cake, cheeses, delicious jams, beautiful glassware and gorgeous jewellery.

And in other news, i’m on my way to the UK today! I’ll be in Newcastle starting on 1 December. Anyone for meeting up? I’ve got plans to meet at the Hancock at 1p with friends and all y’all are invited too! Ice skating at the Center for Life later?

Central Station – outside looking in

November 25, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  4 Comments

Central station, newcastle, Uk

Taken from the very end of platform 4, looking back into the station, roughly west, on a busy Friday night.

Grainger Market Weighhouse

November 24, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

weighhouse, newcastle, uk

I’ve written about the Weigh House before on my blog.  The Weigh House was originally used for retailers and customers to check the weight of their goods, but now it’s just used for people to weigh themselves.  Apparently the charge has recently gone up to 20p – what a trauma!!!

Theatre Royal – by night

November 23, 2008  |  Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments

Theatre Royal, Newcastle, UK

A completely different shot to the last one I posted, and rather different colours to the shots of the last few days.

Information about the theatre here.

River Tyne, looking west

November 22, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne, River Tyne  |  5 Comments

river tyne, newcastle, uk

Most people, on reaching Newcastle by train, look east to see the bridges.  I can’t deny it sends a shiver down my spine to see that iconic sight.  But by doing so, you miss out on looking west.   And it’s quite a view – especially when the light’s like this and you can barely see the Redheugh bridge.


November 21, 2008  |  Newcastle upon Tyne, Station  |  5 Comments

station, newcastle, uk

Taken about a month ago, from the bridge between platforms 2 and 3.  Looking towards the Castle Keep, which is unfortunately out of shot.

Newcastle Central is a Grade I listed building that was designed by John Dobson in 1850.  The opening ceremony was attended by Queen Victoria.  The roof has three curved, arched spans and the design inspired the ‘house style’ for subsequent GNER main stations.  (Incidentally, anyone interested in the buildings of Newcastle generally will find the John Dobson link interesting.)

More information here.