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    • Day 3

      Berwick upon Tweed

      August 29, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Uns wurde die Ehre zuteil in Berwick, dem Geburtsort von Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson, seines Zeichens Moderator des englischen Motor Magazins Top Gear, einen kurzen Boxenstop einzulegen. Wie es der Zufall wollte rauschte gerade ein Zug genau über die Old Bridge in Berwick, die auch in der Top Gear Folge "Jeremy on the train" gezeigt wurde. Es lohnt sich auf alle Fälle die Videosequenz mal anzuschauen. Zum Ende des Videos sieht man wie der Zug am Meer entlang fährt... diese Stelle haben wir gerade mit dem Mini passiert. Ich konnte leider kein Bild machen...wir waren zu schnell....

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    • Day 21


      September 16, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Today we left Newcastle upon Tyne only to find oursevles in anoher famous 'upon river' towns. The idea was to drive to Edinburgh, but we were ready for a coffee by the time we reached the turn-off to Berwick upon Tweed, Englnd's most northern city.

      Berwick upon Tweed has passed back and forth between English and Scottish rule for centuries. A number of kings, English and Scottish, have visisted or garrisoned there, but I know it from my junior history teaching days as the place through which James 1 of Scotland, a Stuart, marched down through Berwick upon Tweed in 1603 at the death of the last Tudor, Elizabeth 1, on his way to London, there to claim the English crown for himself, start the Stuart dynasty, and to unite the two kingdoms thereafter, and becoming James VI of the United Kingdom in the process. Pretty great stuff.

      This is still a walled city and has forts and garrisons still. Its streets are cobbled and noisy as car tyres go over them, and it is full of pubs and taverns, and art galleries, and cafes, and bookshops. It has three magnificent bridges across the river, all within spitting distance of each other.

      One independent bookshop we went into had a queer element to it and was run by a delightful gay man, Ben, who was helpful and knoweldgeable about the books we were interested in. We both came away with purchases. Of special interest for us were Volumes I and II of Sea Stories, so Chris bought one and I bought the other.

      Right now though, I am making my way through Cicero's How to Grow Old which I bought in York. Cicero had been exiled from Rome and instead of becoming a notorious wine-bibber, he threw himself into philosophy and writing. And one of the streams of thought he pursued was about growing old. This consciousness has wrought itself within me over the last few years, so I am not averse at all in seeing what Cicero made of it all.

      Our trip into Edinburgh was relatively uneventful although we did not make the laundry where we had intended to drop off our washing in time. Never mind, we made alternate arrangements for tomorrow morning. The whole country here now is readying itself for the Queen's funeral on Monday. There are signs everywhere saying 'we will be closed' on Monday. Fair enough.

      Last night, I wrote a piece for Independent Australia from a republican point of view at how easy it is to get spell-bound by royal pageantry. It tells of a moment I expereinced in Westminster Palace on 2 September, one week before the Queen died. It is now up on line at Independent Australia. Tomorrow, we're going to take a look at this old city, with its ubiquitous dark stone. I am looking forward to it.
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    • Day 349

      Berwick upon Tweed

      May 8, 2019 in England ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      We arrived in Berwick mid afternoon and found a pitch with wonderful sea views. We soon made the van cosy with heating on full. Our first full day in Berwick we spent in the van - Alan working on his final job before full retirement kicks in and Karen sewing Kirsty's quilt (a long overdue project!!!!). The next day we walked from the site into Berwick - in glorious sunshine!!! Still chilly outside, but it does make a difference when the sun comes out! What a beautiful place Berwick is - a walled city next to the sea. We walked the walls of the city and walked along the pier. Also looked at the shops on the High St. All very nice. Back to the van for lunch. Alan spent the afternoon working (a tight deadline on this job means it has to be tied up soon) and Karen sewing again. The campsite is filling up, and is apparently full on Sunday. A very nice site that we would like to return to sometime, as there is so much to see in this area. Sadly we have to move on, as we are starting the North Coast 500 tour on Wednesday and need to get up to Inverness where this trip starts.Read more

    • Day 42

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      June 8, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      I am not sure about this app. Don’t like it. Photos are not full screen and my 360 google view photo’s will not show on this app. So if you want to keep up to date please follow me on Facebook. For the 360 photos on Facebook, double click to see them full screen. This will give you
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      Sorry FindPenguins, this app is just not working for me
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    • Day 4

      Day 4

      August 26, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Only 16 miles today! And a gorgeous road from Wooler to Tweed mouth, but slight slower than usual as Judith came with us to see Eleanor for the day.
      We took a picnic with us, and Eleanor and John took us took us to an amazing spot on the river Whiteadder for a swim and to jump in off the rocks. Near the rocks the water was so deep we never managed to touch the bottom.

      Judith headed home after we had finished our lunch and the rest of us went on to Chain Bridge Honey Farm so Jamie could visit Scotland for the first time, and we could have a cup of tea.

      We had a good walk around the town walls of Berwick, all the way down to the lighthouse and then stopped in a cute little bar for a quick pint before dinner.
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    Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Berwick, TD15, Бервик-апон-Твид, GBBWK

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