I have booked up for a cruise down this pictureque rivber valley in the North East of England and was wondering if anyone else has been on this very reasonable trip?
Leaving South Shileds at approximatly 9.00am, you are treated to stunning views of the nearby Tynemouth fish quay and its unique aroma. The Tyne is unique in that its the only river in the WORLD where it is impossible for fish to live. Theres no time to recover, as the towering rustic cranes of the former Swan Hunter Ship yard come into view. There are numerous vending machines so you can enjoy a can of Sprite and a packet of Pickled onion space raiders as you look accross to the Byker Wall. Despite the burnt out cars and run down flats, this was at the cutting edge of housing development in the 1950's and played a significant role in the urban decline of the city. You arrive at North Shields 20 minutes later and all for the bargain price of £1.50. A truly memorable trip.
if you're serious about this trip (its not something you should take on lightly), for a further 50p, why not invest in their special Trans-fare ticket. This includes a 1/2 tour into the centre of the city by bus taking in the major sites of Shields Road shopping centre ( a mecca for bargains - try "Everything a Pound" what they say is true!!) SwanHouse roundabout and Felling Industrial Estate. Its a brilliant chance to meet real local people and experience the way they live and work.
I must say the Feling Industrial Estate sounds like a treat.
I would particulary like to meet some of the local people I hear that they are some of the most sophisticatedly cultural people in the whole of Europe.
Yes, the 'geordie' people have remained untouched by the 21st century and can be said to live a very primitive lifestyle, similar to that of the Amazon tribes, revolving around fighting and hunting. I spent an evening watch the males hunting in packs in the Bigg Market. Watching them in their natural territory was an amazing experience drinking the local brew known as a bottle of 'dog.' It didnt get the title 'food capital of the north east' for nothing - try the gravy and chips with the unique lumps, or a chilli 'donner' with salad and sauce. My mouth is watering!