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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Gateshead, England - The Angel of the North...

“Too often. .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen...” – Louis L’Amour

(The Angel Statue)

Date: 8 May 2017 (Monday)
Route: Leeds – Gateshead
Distance: 94 miles (1 hr 51 min)

After breakfast, we drove towards north to Gateshead on the A1 Motorway. Gateshead was a major shipbuilding and manufacturing hub during the Industrial Revolution and is now a centre of business, arts and sciences.

(Entering the town of Gateshead)
(Gateshead's medieval streets)

Gateshead is a town in Tyne and Wear, England, on the southern bank of the River Tyne opposite Newcastle upon Tyne. Gateshead and Newcastle are joined by seven bridges across the Tyne, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

(The Sage Gateshead is a concert venue and musical centre)
(The Swing Bridge Gateshead/Newcastle)
(The King Edward VII Bridge, Gateshead)

The town is known for its architecture, including the Sage Gateshead, the Angel of the North and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Residents of Gateshead, like the rest of Tyneside, are referred to as Geordies.

The Angel of the North stands on the hill of Birtley, overlooking the A1 Highway. Travellers entering Gateshead via the A1 will not miss this imposing structure.

(A fascinating icon)
(The wing span is greater than a Boeing 767 aircraft)

The Angel of the North is designed by Antony Gormley. It is a contemporary steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across. The wings do not stand straight sideways, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward to create a sense of embrace.

(The largest angel statue in the world)
(Britain's largest sculpture)

According to the designer, the significance of an angel was three-fold: first, to signify that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries; second, to grasp the transition from an industrial to an information age, and third, to serve as a focus for mankind evolving hopes and fears.

(The Millennium Bridge has a scheduled tilting for ships to pass)
(The bridge links Newcastle bank and Gateshead Quays)

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in England between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. The award-winning structure is sometimes referred to as the 'Blinking Eye Bridge' or the 'Winking Eye Bridge' due to its shape and its tilting method. In terms of height, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is slightly shorter than the neighbouring Tyne Bridge, and stands as the sixteenth tallest structure in the city.

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