Our last day here we were back on the arty trail. This time not the large scale contemporary art of the Baltic, but a little more accessible, but will interesting.
As the Baltic centre used to be a flour mill it only seems sensible that our next art venture was the factory where flour was used to make biscuits. Yes the art gallery is called the Biscuit Factory. It is a bit further as a walk, but still relatively close, so we decided to walk there. We also decided to take a route that was a bit more northern than where we had been walking the whole time.
We walked through the Grainger Market. It seems that we find more and more British towns and cities have these types of markets. The markets hold small scale often a little old fashioned shops and in a way, I think, are the pre form of today’s shopping malls. Everything covered and all in place, but still individual business. It is a nice place in Newcastle, smack on the doorstep of Eldon Square which is a large modern mall. The Grainger market is nice but as did not need anything we went through and on our way again.
To our astonishment we found another very large shopping street, a bit north of our hunting ground of the last four days. Wide, friendly and full of nice stores. SO bought the stamps for our post cards here, just in time 😀. And I browsed the amazingly large magazine section, downstairs at the WS Smith. As we walked further to the Biscuit Factory we walked in effect over the university campus. Not far from there we entered the building we had been looking for.
As soon as you walk in the very open space, you are drawn into the art, which is deeply steeped in the local area we walked around. As has happened before we fell for a piece of art we saw, not only that we both fell for the same thing. We’d walked through it all but were drawn to this one piece. This usually brings on a “got to have” response, and it did also this time.
Well the there is only one thing to do. Go to the cafe and have something to drink to cool off. After our drink we we walked back to the piece and decided to ask how we would get it home and at what expense. As it turns out it was all very doable and as were robbed of all reasons not to buy, we saw no alternative but to buy the piece of art we wanted. The piece just so represents our holiday this year a great momentum. And so we did, as we needed to get a precise pricing on the shipping we had lunch there as well.
Late afternoon we walked back to our hotel and packed our suitcases. Just one more thing to do; our farewell dinner at the House of Tides. Which was a great, but not heavy meal. We loved every bite of it. A good holiday is coming to a close