Up Hill and Down Dale

What a wonderful holiday twenty-two of us had “Up North” in the three counties of Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland.  It was such a well-organized trip that even the rain only fell when we were in the coach or a museum.  From a reclining nude, landscaped from old coalfields; to The Bowes Museum with its Yves Saint Laurent exhibition and amazing artefacts and pictures [the Silver Swan was one highlight];  to The Beamish Museum where we were trundled around by tram or trolley bus, peering into early shops, school or farm and exclaiming that it was all so familiar; to Richmond for a spot of retail therapy; to the train journey through the lovely Wear valley scenery, (slowed down by sheep on the line),where the volunteers (including a twelve-year old “ticket inspector”) made the journey so memorable; to the Maritime experience at Hartlepool, (pity all the Jolly Tars were dummies), where we were treated to glimpses of life aboard ship at the time of Nelson.

All via amazing scenery with an ever helpful Tony (using a Satnav “Never been here before”) and an extremely well prepared Sylvia.

The company, hotel, variety of different visits; all excellent.  From filling breakfasts via coffee breaks to afternoon tea and back in time to change (quick cuppa or drink in the bar) before the evening meal. We always knew where we were going, but still each day brought new delights.  Thank you Sylvia.

From Ann Stallabrass and Valerie Alsop

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