Cragside & Seahouses

Yesterday, we visited Cragside and Seahouses.

Cragside consisted of Cragside House, Gardens and Woodland. Cragside House was the home for the famous Lord Armstrong, and the estate was called, ‘a palace of the modern magician‘. The estate was as amazing as Lord Armstrong himself. Lord Armstrong, or William George Armstrong, was a Victorian inventor and industrialist. He built Newcastle’s Swing Bridge and the hydraulic mechanism that operates London’s Tower Bridge. Further, he created Cragside House, which was the first hydroelectricity house in the whole world. He did also plant over 7 million trees and create 5 lakes around the house.

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Cragside Garden and Woodland consists of over 7 million trees, 5 lakes and Europe’s largest rock garden. As you can imagining it is a highly beautiful and exotic place.

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After Cragside, we visited Seahouses.

Seahouses is a little and authentic fisher village. The village is mainly focused on fishing and we did not experiencing anything else than eating at a little cosy restaurant, but it was a highly beautiful scenery.

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All in all, it was a nice and relaxed way to end the whole England trip, as this actually was the last trip with New College Durham. I must say that it has been a great experience and I will definitely recommend England to others. This will, unfortunately, be my last post and I would like to thank all the teachers, planners etc. that have been a part of creating this experience.

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Edinburgh

Last wednesday, we were visiting Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It was a great day to visit Edinburgh, as the weather was just perfect.

When we arrived to Edinburgh, we walked directly to Edinburgh Castle, which was highly beautiful.

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The Castle is situated at a huge hill called Castle Rock. The Castle is a huge tourist attraction with over 1.2 million visitors in 2011, making it the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland. At the Castle, we were able to experience all the historical displays, for example the Crown of Scotland.

After the visit of the Castle, we were granted a lot of free time, which we used on experiencing the rest of Edinburgh. We learned that Edinburgh is a highly beautiful city with a lot of shops mixed with cultural attraction, making it a modern city with an old heart. Image

All in all, it was one of the best trips, as I loved the peacefulness that Edinburgh hold.

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York & Whitby

In this week we visited York and Whitby.

In York we visited the National Railway Museum, which contains railway objects, such as trains, rail bridges etc. The museum is the largest railway museum in the world, with more than 1 million visitors per year. The objects in the museum are from 300 years of history.

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At the museum, we learned about their marketing strategies, for example how they used the Maslow’s pyramid of needs to secure that they reach the needs of their target audience.

After the National Railway Museum we went to Whitby, where we ate Fish and Chips at the restaurant, Trenchers. Trenchers have received a lot of prizes for their Fish and Chips and was in 2012 the best Fish and Chips restaurant in England.

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All in all, it was a interesting and delicious trip!

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London

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From 27 February to 3 March some of us were visiting London, the capital of England.

The trip to London was amazing, as we experienced a lot! We saw Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Camden market, the London eye and a lot of other streets in London.

The following pictures are from the mentioned trip:

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Durham County (Bowes Museum & Hartlepool Marina)

Last week we experienced Durham County.

First, we visited Bowes Museum, a highly beautiful museum! The museum is a huge French château, which is a manor house, and the château was created in the late 19th century. The museum houses different collection of fine European art that is from five centuries. 

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The museum’s most important piece of art is the iconic Silver Swan that was created in the 18th century. The swan is a musical automaton and plays music every day at 2.00 pm. 

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After the visit to Bowes Museum, we headed towards Hartlepool Marina.

Hartlepool Marina is a modern boating facility, but it does also contain a boat museum, where we were able to experience old ships from England.

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All in all it was an average day, but I must say that the Bowes Museum was the most interesting.

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Bradford

For 2 weeks ago, we were visiting Bradford, a city with a population of around 400,000. The city is highly known for its ethnic population that is huge (22 percent of the population are not of British background).

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At Bradford we visited Kala Sangam and Bradford National Media Museum.

Kala Sangam is a south Asian and collaborative arts organization. The goal of Kala Sangam is to increase understanding and appreciation of the south Asian culture, further creating awareness of racial, cultural and social issues. The company works with local and international artists, which brings a lot of art with them, such as dance, painting and music. 

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When we visited the company, we were introduced to classic Indian dance and music. We did also taste classic Indian food, which was highly delicious.

After the visit to Kala Sangam, we visited Bradford National Media Museum. Image

At Bradford National Media Museum we created advertisement for the museum, which was highly interesting and fun.

The museum is a part of the Science Museum Group. The museum opened to visitors in 1983, but at that time it was called The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. The museum host temporary and permeant exhibitions on their seven floors. These exhibitions focus on photography, television, animation, video gaming, the internet and the scientific principles behind light and color.

Thus it was a highly interesting trip, which in my opinion was the best!

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Newcastle, Beamish and Metro Centre

In this week and last week, we visited Newcastle, Beamish Museum and the Metro Centre.

In Newcastle, we visited Discovery Museum. Image

The museum contains the marvelous Turbinia, which was the first vessel to be powered by steam turbine. She was was designed by the Tyneside engineer Sir Charles Parsons in 1894 and was the world’s first ship to be powered by steam turbines. Until 1899, Turbinia was also the fastest ship in the world, reaching speeds of up to 34.5 knots.

We learned further about some of the other great inventions that were invented in the north of England, for example the lightbulb by Joseph Swan.

We then visited the Baltic, which was highly interesting. We learned that the River Tyne had 22 main bridges crossing it and that a famous song has been made about the River Tyne, Fog on the Tyne by Lindisfarne.

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The above picture is a beautiful picture of the Blinking Eye bridge that crosses the River Tyne. It only costs £4 to ‘open’ the bridge.

On that day, we should have been visiting the Angel of the North, but we did not. Though, I do have some interesting information about the Angel.

The Angel of the North is a huge construction, as it is 20 meters tall. It is totally made of steel, but because of rust it has become totally brown/red, which actually gives it a different and interesting look. The Angel has not been painted, as it should celebrate and represent the mining community.Image

The Angel of the North is situated on the southern edge of Low Fell, and it has once been wearing a huge copy of Alan Shearer’s football shirt.

I love the Angel of the North, as its rusty outside creates a raw style, but still it rise above all and embrace everything with its huge wings. It is simply a strong and emotional construction.

The week after the visit to Newcastle, we visited Beamish Museum and the Metro Centre.

The Beamish Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish. The museum tries to provide an example of everyday life under the industrialization in urban and rural North East England.Image

The museum consists of a town with 1913 buildings, such as the Annfield Plain Co-Operative Store, professional houses, a pub, a branch office, a sweet shop, a garage and a branch of Barclays Banks. You will also find a typical North Eastern Railway Station from 1913 and a home farm, which the museum is working on converting into representing a 1940’s wartime setting.

The weather was not optimal for enjoying the museum to the fullest, but if you are interested in this kind of history, then it is the perfect museum. You will be able to smell, see, feel and hear the ‘old’ North Eastern England. It is a well done museum, definitely!

After the visit to the Beamish Museum, we headed towards the Metro Centre.

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Metro Centre is located in Gateshead and it is Europe’s largest shopping mall. It has more than 340 shops occupying 2,093,000 square feet of retail floor space. It is huge!

The centre opened in 1986 and is now a part of Intu Properties.

We have therefore been experiencing a lot on just two weeks… and it has been great!

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First week

I have  been in Durham for around a week now and it has certainly been an experience!

I have tried English food, Yorkshire pudding, meat pie and a lot more – Love it!

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Further, I have met the mayor of Durham, visited Durham Cathedral and Durham castle.

Durham Cathedral is actually highly interesting. The length of the beautiful cathedral is 143 meters and 22 meters high, so as you can imagine, it is huge. The building of the cathedral started in 1093, and it finished 1133. The cathedral has 3 towers; 2 central towers and 1 western.

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The cathedral is marvelous and it is being visited by around 600,000 people yearly.

It has therefore been a highly interesting first week.

Welcome!

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Hi everybody!

This is my first post and is just a little welcome and a thanks for visiting my blog. I hope to entertain you with stories from my study trip to the United Kingdom 😉