“A sense of embrace”.
That’s what Antony Gormley set out to achieve when he created the beautiful Angel of the North, and I don’t think he could have pulled it off any better.
It’s probably my favourite sculpture, and no picture really does it justice.
When I first saw it last year, I was taken aback by it’s grandiosity; it really moved me, and you can tell it moves everybody else who sees it due to the impending silence you feel as you approach it, despite the nearby motorways.
And the second time I saw it, it just got better.
Settled upon a mound in Gateshead, you can spot the angel from quite a distance which certainly adds a sense of security – knowing that she’s always there watching over you, both literally and metaphorically.
After stopping for a few pictures, we headed into nearby Newcastle, checked in at our hotel, and set off for some food.
We opted for one of my favourites, Browns, on beautiful Grey St with all of its columns. Check out their menu and locations here.
I started with the crab and avocado stack, which came with mustard creme fraiche and an avocado and potato salad.
It was pretty good! A very light and refreshing starter that’s perfect for summer.
For my main, I picked the lobster tagliatelle. I’d had it before and loved it. Last time, however, it was more of a creamy, cheesy based sauce which was amazing – this time, it was in more of a bisque. Still great, but not quite the same.
And of course, pudding!
I picked the salted caramel cheesecake and it was absolutely delicious!
My mum clearly enjoyed her Peruvian brownie with ice cream!
We then decided it was probably time to stretch our legs and burn off some of these calories.
So we went for a wander around Newcastle.
None of my family had visited the city before, and as I used to be a bit of a regular, I took them straight to the Quayside.
(It was very windy!)
Isn’t that just gorgeous!
After our walk, we headed back to the hotel as the next day we were leaving the country…!
Watch this space for more…