Another photo post, because life keeps getting in the way of blogging.
The most comfortable way to get to Scotland is to take the Amsterdam / Newcastle ferry, and I've crossed into the harbour of Newcastle several times - always with the camera ready.
Remains of Tynemouth Castle (left) and Priory (right)
A shot of the remains of Tynemouth Castle and Priory (which I had visited the same morning by sunshine). Queen Isabella stayed at Tynemouth Priory while her husband Edward II fought the Scots - definitely a more comfortable and better defended place than a military camp.Tynemouth Priory and WW2 fortifications
Another angle of the priory, this one with WW2 flak batteries to the right. The strategically important headland at the entrance to the Tyne river has been settled since the Iron Age. It later was occupied by a Norman castle of which some remains are left, and on the other side lies the Roman fort Arbeia.Sunrays over Tynemouth Lighthouse
The sky had been cloudy in the afternoon, but when the ferry left Newcastle, some sunrays broke through and sparkled on the water like a farewell.Sunset on the North Sea
Another pretty sunset. The light is a bit softer on the North Sea, not so brilliant as with some sunsets at the west coast. The sea was calm on the way back, but during the journey to Newcastle there had been a storm that made even the big ferry roll a bit. I don't mind that, though. Tynemouth Castle
This last photo with the pretty sunshine was taken in 2007 on the way to the Hadrian's Wall. It's another take of the castle and part of the priory.