Monday, 21 November 2016

Element Restaurant, Edinburgh

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Friday 2nd September 2016

We took the bus from Edinburgh Zoo back to the city centre. We went in search of a restaurant for a late lunch. On Rose Street, we found Element. We didn't want to go on a long search so decided this was the place to eat. This was a good choice. Though not the cheapest of establishments, we were served good food by staff who seemed genuinely interested in us.

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Edinburgh Zoo - the video



Friday 2nd September 2016

This is the video I shot at Edinburgh Zoo.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Edinburgh Zoo

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Friday 2nd September 2016

The main reason for the visit to Edinburgh was to go to the zoo and see the pandas. We were in the zoo for about 3 hours. We didn't just see the pandas! There wasn't much we didn't get to see. The zoo is on the side of a hill so after 3 hours of trudging about, we were feeling the need for a rest.

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Scott Monument in Edinburgh

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Friday 2nd September 2016

Our final day of our staycation and we visited Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is easy to get to from where we live. A train journey of less than 90 minutes from Newcastle. We arrived at Waverley Station and walked down Princess Street to catch a bus to the zoo. However, we stopped off for a few minutes at the gigantic Monument to Sir Walter Scott. I read somewhere this is the biggest monument anywhere to a writer. Very gothic and Victorian.

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Dat Bar, Newcastle

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Thursday 1st September 2016

After our visit to the Newcastle Quayside, we headed to the city centre for a late lunch. We found Dat Bar on Market Street. Interesting but slightly disturbing illustrations on the wall though the food we had was good quality and not too badly priced.

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Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Gateshead Millennium Bridge Sept 16

Thursday 1st September 2016

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge was officially opened in 2002 and is now one of the iconic structures on Tyneside. It's a must-visit for anyone coming to the North East. I walked over it to get to the Newcastle Quayside. If you can, be there when it is tilted open. It's quite a sight.

Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quays

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Thursday 1st September 2016

The second last day of our staycation was meant to be spent entirely in Newcastle. The plan was to visit the keep but this was abandoned after I was asked to do an interview for the BBC on devolution to the North East. This went ahead on the Newcastle Quayside, next to the Pitcher and Piano. AFter the interview, I called in for a coke. Expensive prices. You have been warned!

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