Arrived in Newcastle, UK
We arrived in Newcastle, UK on 14th August 2023 at noon. Then, it was about a one-hour drive to my sister’s place from Newcastle International Airport. We just stayed home to rest for 2 days.
Durham Day Trip
Then on the 4th day, 17th August, we went for a day trip to Durham after we got the van for 8 of us for the weekend. We started our journey around 10 a.m. It was about a half-hour drive. Not too far. Here’s the summary I made on Instagram Reel:
Before we started our walk in Durham, we had an early lunch at Zen Durham. Since it was still a working day and it was still too early for lunch, we managed to get a good seat inside. Here’s what we had there:
Overview of Durham’s Street
After lunch, we leisurely walked around the hilly city. The following are some views that greeted us during our walk:
Gaia at Durham Cathedral
The highlight of the day was the Gaia in Durham Cathedral. I’ve seen the Museum of the Moon at Borneo Cultures Museum by the same artist. Didn’t expect to see the other art installation by UK artist Luke Jerram in the UK. I did not plan the trip so it was a surprise for sure. So, I can proudly say that I’ve seen the moon and earth by Luke Jerram in two different countries in the same year less than 2 months apart.
Look at how big the building is!
There are many graves in the surrounding. It was quite cloudy when we were there and the vibes sure were quite different. It felt “dark”. However, with people around and the greeneries, the “darkness” wasn’t that “dark”.
After visiting the cathedral, we went to Durham Markets. We just walked around and window-shopped. Since it wasn’t a weekend, it’s not that happening but still with a good crowd. I’m sure it will be packed on a weekend.
There you go. My day trip to Durham. Sure took me a long while to complete this post.
Next, to Scotland we go…