Newcastle-on-Tyne

I’m back up in Newcastle
but am posting a view
from when up here last
As nothing’s here new

Being back in this city
is so pleasing for me
As it’s differs from Sussex
and there’s so much to see

So I’m pleased it was light
when I got here today
As having finished my work
there was still time to play

The view from the Jurys’
which looks over the city
looks to roads and to houses
which is quite a pity

But the view from The Bridge
which I’ve loaded right here
is enough for enrichment
and the reason is clear

Why I’m pleased when the chance
to come back for a day
is there for the taking
with ‘hip hip hooray’!

So I’ll leave you with this
to make up your own mind
to consider a visit to
Newcastle-on-Tyne

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Photo – Wikitravel stock photo

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The trip

The early start
the silent hour
the wind outside a-moan
The ticking clock
the coffee hot
the time to leave from home

The coat so warm
the wind so cold
the sleep still in my eyes
The red eye train
the comfy seat
the long trip, no surprise

The journey north
the many miles
the place far up the track
The working and
the waiting for
the train to take me back

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Photo – Jempics

Travelling West

It’s dark outside, this early hour
the night is not yet done
Yet I’ve been up for quite some time
For me the morning’s come

Ahead for several hours
a journey beckons me
Travelling down to Cardiff
from Sussex by the sea

It’ll take me seven hours by train
via London first, quite slow
Then cross country down into the West
from Paddington I’ll go

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Photo – the Paddington Bear statue – Paddington Station, West London – Jempics

Sitting by the Sea

I’ve sat by the sea in Croatia
I’ve set by the sea in Spain
I’ve sat by the sea in Turkey and Greece
but it’s never quite been the same

I’ve sat by the sea in Gibraltar
I’ve sat by the sea in France
I’ve sat by the sea in Montenegro and Crete
but it’s always like taking a chance

For when I sat by the sea here in Sussex
there’s no asking for anything more
As it excludes a peace that makes my soul shine
by Southern England’s home shore

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Photo – the Sussex Sea – Jempics

Angel of the sky

16 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

Holidays are exciting
in lots of different days
For when you’ve finished cruising
then you take to the airwaves

And our Tui flight this morning
is the ‘Angel of the Sky’
From Dubrovnik in Croatia
to London Gatwick we will fly

It’s been a lovely holiday
but no regrets we’re homeward bound
as we have all the memories
of new places we have found

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Photo – Tui flight TOM4423 – the ‘Angel of the Sky’ at Dubrovnik boarding for London Gatwick – Jempics

‘Angel of the sky’ completes the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series. Here are trackbacks to the others in case you’ve missed them. ‘Dubrovnik‘ (2/9), ‘Adriatic Sunset‘ (3/9), ‘Bar’s absent castle‘ (4/9), ‘Into Gold‘ (5/9), ‘Korcula‘ (6/9), ‘Through the Porthole‘ (7/9), ‘The Sea Organ‘ (8/9), ‘Zadar‘ (9/9), ‘Sailing into Venice‘ (10/9), ‘Gondolier‘ (11/9), ‘Of Venetian Diamonds’ (12/9), ‘Trieste‘ (13/9), ‘Split‘ (14/9), ‘A split down the middle‘ (15/9) and ‘Eyebrow of the sun‘ (16/9).

Zadar

8 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

The Roman forum’s vista
looks to ‘Jadransko More’
Its marbled stone-clad ruins
On the Dalmatian shore
Where Zadar’s Saint Donatus
with Byzantine aplomb
borrowed Roman architecture
to build its walls upon

Topped Roman columns
vandelised when not a crime
Rebuilt in the ninth century
to cylindrical design
And now both serve to wonder
with their different history
In Zadar in Croatia
On the Adriatic sea

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Photo – St Donatus Church (9th century) on the Roman forum (1st century), Zadar, Croatia – Jempics

The foundations of the church were build using re-purposed Roman columns etc from the then defunct forum (see thumbnail below). Built around 950 A.D., it was used as a place of worship until 1798

 

Bar’s absent castle

3 of 16 in the Jemverse ‘Venetian Vistas’ series

Apparently there’s a castle
in Montenegro’s Bar
“Ten minutes walk” the tour guide said
“It’s really not that far”

But we could find no trace of it
It simply wasn’t there
even though we had a map
and looked ‘most everywhere

Mind you, the town was pretty
and the Adriatic sea
despite the absent castle
was a lovely place to be

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Photo – Bar in Montenegro, looking to the funnel of the Marella Celebration cruiseship in the harbour – Jempics (no castle!)

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