One of the best discoveries in Newcastle, on paper at least was the Baltic Art Centre. As soon as we knew of its existence we decided that this was going to be a must for us. It did not disappoint at all.
The morning started on an unexpected high note. The kitchen staff was singing out loud. We could hear it only when the door to the kitchen was opened briefly, but it sounded so cheerful, and to be honest not at all bad, it was fully in tune. Both SO and I sat there with a big grin. How often do you have hotel staff singing at work? It was joyous.
As we walked the to the Baltic, we were side tracked by a street market. As it was only 10 it was still easy to get to all stalls. A lot of food again, but this time also crafty stuff and though we were only tempted by some leather work it was good and nice too see.
The Baltic is located in an old flour mill. It is a huge building in Art Deco style and a modern entrance right next to the Gateshead Millenium Bridge. A striking feature combination with the Sage completing a remarkable trio.
We entered and went through the shop first, because we could. Many things immediately jumped at us as fun to have and it meant that we wanted to see more. We went to the entrance we were offered a behind the scenes walk of an hour. We gladly accepted, with two other tourists. As it still was only 11.00 it was not very busy yet and we saw so many things that are not seen by most visitors. We loved it, as it took us back to the art course we’d taken in 2011 when we also saw so much we otherwise would not have discovered. One of the non-art but pretty things was the Kittiwakes, nesting on the building.
At midday there was another event we, as good tourists, just had to see; the tilting (opening) of the Millenium Bridge. It was something SO and I had been hoping to see as soon as we’d decided to stay in Newcastle. It is an amazing view. I am really in awe of that amazing structure. SO and I took so many pictures that we seriously challenged the batteries of our phones.
Back in the Baltic we visited all the exhibitions. I was especially taken by the video work by Fiona Tan. The large video room was mesmerizing. Pictures of the silk route, with quotes from the travels of Marco Polo, while the audience is sitting on those nice sit bags. The second smaller one was of a museum with roman statues, it was eerie in a way, it was kinda reminiscent of the Dr Who weeping angels, but roman of course. It took us an additional 3 or 4 hours to get through the museum and brought massive smiles to our face.
We then went to have a magnificent Sunday Roast. It is was wonderful and as it was late I the afternoon after we left the restaurant quite stuffed we bought some light lunch stuff from Marks & Spencer to have in the evening. Slowly we walked to the hotel via the pretty St Nicolas Cathedral. Back in the hotel we read and blogged and things. We had a wonderful day.