When Ron's parents found out that they had to take a trip to Poland for work in early May, they decided to come and stay with us the weekend before and after their working week abroad. So, they stopped to see us on the way out to and back home from Gdańsk. On the first weekend, Mom & Dad Pierce arrived on Friday night and we all went to George's for a traditional British dinner of fish and chips.
On Saturday, we had breakfast at home, then walked through town, stopped for lunch at Redhouse on the Quayside and then watching the swans in Leazes Park. We had some ice cream and cakes at Creams, then finished off the long day with a pizza dinner and cocktails at Laundrette.
Sunday morning, we visited the Quayside market and enjoyed some Bloody Mary's at Pitcher and Piano before hopping on a riverboat for an afternoon cruise. We rode under the Millennium suspension bridge, out to Tynemouth and back, enjoying some tea and cakes along the way. When we docked that afternoon, we stopped into Broad Chare for some traditional Sunday Roast. Then, it was time for them to get packed up and head off to Poland. Our first weekend together had come to an end.
The following Friday, after a long work week, they landed late at night in Newcastle again. Despite my best efforts to stay awake, I was out cold by the time they arrived! But as always, we were up bright and early the next morning sharing breakfast and talking about their trip. They brought Ron a bottle of Polish hazelnut vodka and myself some authentic Polish amber earrings as souvenirs! Ron had to work a chiropractic event that Saturday, so I took the future in-laws on a Newcastle city centre walking tour. We had abnormally warm and sunny weather that weekend, so it was absolutely beautiful! We learned about the history of the famous Grey street, the Central Arcade, Grainger Market, their THREE cathedrals (locals consider their football stadium to be one of these cathedrals, as it's a holy place of worship as well haha!), the castle and keep, the Quayside and lastly the many bridges along the Tyne (we have seven!)
After the tour, we stopped for ice cream and (more) cocktails on a sunny patio on the Quayside, all three of us getting pretty red in the process! Because Ron was away, we went back home and I spent some time talking to them about our upcoming wedding plans, and showing Teresa my dress. Then we got ready for dinner, as we had plans to meet Ron at Harry's in town. After some pasta and wine, we ended the night with a walk down High Bridge street and a last round of drinks at Pleased to Meet You, on a beautiful patio where we could enjoy the warm summer night.
Sunday was our trip to Beamish, and the weather could not have been more perfect! We explored the 1900s living air museum, riding along a cute trolley! The sections of the museum featured a farm, schoolyard, coal mine, confectionary's, old pub, bakery, bank, period homes, dentist office, fairground and more.
That afternoon brought our second weekend visit to an end, but left us with so many fun memories together (not to mention a good tan)!
Ron & Andee
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