When The Boat Comes In August 27th 2019 I walked down to the Manors Metro Station and purchased by all day ticket. I was headed for "the coast". The tannoy announcements on the Metro don't say "trains for North Sheilds, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay". Its is simply "the coast". A local kept asking me she was on the right platform, but given she couldn't understand my accent the response went away with the clouds. The train proceeded along t ... read more
Europe » United Kingdom » England » Tyne & Wear » North Shields Great Britain, the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the ear... ... read more
The original purpose of the blog was the 20th wedding anniversary trip in 2006 / 2007 - Ashes cricket in Oz, setting off early in April and going the long way round!
The trip came to an end in February 2007 and for a while retrospective blogging was the only option (for reasons that you can find in the Road to Freedom).
There are still two to travel and the passport is now back in use in 2009. We get distracted in more than the odd football ground along the way, but it is all part of the journey.... full info