I grew up knowing my father’s undying love for his hometown Tynemouth. He’d say, “You know, in this not so tyne place….” We’d buckle up for another ride down Dad’s memory lane.
Did we believe any stories, though? I must say I did when I was a toddler. Tynemouth all sounded so majestic and peaceful, you see. I often compared it to that town where Belle came from in Beauty and the Beast, even if Dad said that Tynemouth was surrounded mainly by the sea. But as I got older, I began to think that some of his stories were weaved by his wild imagination.
The primary thing I could not fathom was how a place like Tynemouth could be picturesque all over. As per Dad’s words, “You can look at Tynemouth at any angle, and it will be picture-perfect.” I mean, no matter how colorful New York City was, everyone knew that it still had gray areas hidden in the shadows.
Tynemouth is a coastal town located in North East England, known for its rich history and bustling environment. It is home to several landmarks including the Tynemouth Priory and Tynemouth Castle, which dates back to the 11th century. On the coast of Tynemouth lies King Edward’s Bay, which offers stunning views of the North Sea.
The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, founded in 1864, is the oldest life-saving organisation in the UK and operates from a shore station on King Edward’s Bay. It provides a 24-hour emergency service to boats travelling along the River Tyne and out into the North Sea. The brigade is a self-funded charity run by volunteers and funded by donations.
Tynemouth is well connected to other areas in the North East, with Tynemouth Metro Station providing easy access to Newcastle City Centre and South Shields. The town also has excellent road links via the A1058 Coast Road, which connects Newcastle upon Tyne to Whitley Bay.
The main beach in Tynemouth is known as Tynemouth Longsands, which features a range of amenities including a bar, restaurant and cafe. The north pier stands at the mouth of the River Tyne and provides an area for leisure activities such as fishing and crabbing. There are also several other beaches nearby, all within walking distance of the North Tyneside Council.
Then, I Had A Relationship Problem
Talks about Tynemouth became far between when I finally moved out of my parents’ house and shacked up with my boyfriend, Zac. He was an aspiring theater actor on Broadway when we met while I was completing my medical residency in one of the biggest hospitals in NYC. Although we had only been dating for almost a year, I agreed to live with Zac because I felt like he was the one for me.
Little did I know, Zac was a poser. He had been posing as some wealthy family’s heir among his peers, claiming that acting was among his hobbies. After all, people who had barely broken into the industry typically earn peanuts. Still, he always had new clothes, shoes, and whatnot.
How could Zac afford all those? I bought everything for him. I was not the type of girl who waited for the guy to give me gifts at all times. I was cool even without receiving any material objects as long as the guy is nice to me.
That’s what happened with my tyning relationship with Zac. He’s always apologetic for not having enough money to cover his half of the rent and other bills. Since I made more than enough for myself as a doctor, I told him not to worry about that. In return, he would always have the house cleaned and have warm food prepped for me.
This tyne setup worked until I heard his phone chime while he was in the bathroom one day. Call it a woman’s intuition, but I felt a tyning need to read the text he just got. And when I did, my heart sank.
“Thanks for the lovely night, handsome,” the text read. It came with a naked picture of a woman.
When I confronted Zac, he had the gull to direct the blame on me. He spewed a lot of excuses, such as “You are always on call at work” and “You tend to come home super late and tired.” Well, duh, when you’re the one wearing the pants at home, that’s what happens!
I kicked Zac out that night despite his pleas to wait it out in the morning. I could not be bothered by our tyning relationship – I was sure he had other girls to shack up and tyne with instantly. Still, I could not bear to stay there, so I took a cab and went straight to my parents’ home.
At once, my parents knew that something was up when I asked them to buzz me in the building. Crying, I relayed everything that transpired between Zac and me. My mother, the hot-headed one in the family, wanted to hunt down my ex and make him pay for everything. But I liked my father’s suggestion better.
“Go to Tynemouth and unwind there. A new place might do you some good.”
Letting Tynemouth Save Me – One Day At A Time
After ending my tyne relationship, I flew to the UK and traveled to Tynemouth. I held tyne expectations in my heart; all I wanted was to escape from New York for a while. However, when I reached Tynemouth, I felt transported to another – calmer – dimension.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle is an iconic landmark in the North East of England. It dates back to 1090, making it one of the oldest Norman sites in Britain. With its impressive castle walls and priory ruins, it provides a fascinating glimpse into medieval life. Visitors can explore the grounds and take in stunning panoramic views of the North Bank.
One of the most popular attractions in Tynemouth is the Tynemouth pier. During the summer months, it’s a great place to sit and watch the boats come and go as well as take part in a variety of activities such as fishing, bird watching and beachcombing. You can also check the Collingwood Monument, watch house, town centre, and railway station in the North East area. If you have a thing for celebrations or have visited Tynemouth before, you can attend the Tyne Festival celebrating King Edward every year.
Most of the structures in Tynemouth looked the same. They were all old but well-kept. There was something about their uniformed appearance that gave me a sense of peace. Then, it also helped that the other side of the area was a never-ending body of water. Seeing, hearing, and even smelling the seas genuinely calmed my tyne nerves.
Final Thoughts And Takeaway
I stayed in Tynemouth for 30 days. I took crash courses in painting and cycling; I was at the beach every day. I even found some of Dad’s old friends and school counselors and visited their Tynemouth homes.
Tynemouth, a coastal town located in North Tyneside, is steeped in history. It was originally settled during the Iron Age and remains home to the impressive ruins of a Roman Fort. This fort was used for centuries as a strategic defensive point for coastal defence and remained in use throughout both World Wars.
Today, Tynemouth is a vibrant hub of activity. It boasts a number of attractions, including the beautiful outdoor pool located on the seafront and King Edward’s Bay beach. The town also has a large village green and coastal town which regularly hosts festivals, markets and other events throughout the year
Were 30 days in Tynemouth enough? No – it would never be. Tynemouth was a healing place for me. Alas, my life was in New York, and I could not leave that behind. But I promised myself to visit Tynemouth as often as possible.
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