The North East of England is home to the city which
voted itself the best place to live in the entire UK. For many years I
was, along with the majority of the British population, somewhat dismissive
of the questionable accolade attributed to Newcastle, best known for its
industrial wasteland following the demise of shipbuilding and just about
every other profitable activity which once made it such a thriving centre.
Whilst I remain somewhat sceptical about the delights
of the city itself, there is absolutely no doubt that the surrounding region
contains some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on earth, not just
the UK. That, combined with a rich history at the interface between
England, Scotland and Scandinavia at the very limits of the Roman Empire,
makes it a fascinating and stimulating area to visit.
For the time being a few placeholders to give an
idea of what lies in store; one day I will take the time to stay for longer.