Beautiful Lincoln

Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral
Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral

Beautiful Lincoln indeed!

Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral

Another place I had never visited. Unlike Skegness, this is somewhere we will come back to! Our house was right in the centre of things, rented via Lincoln Town Houses, link here.

The weekend away - Lincoln was a great find!
The weekend away – Lincoln was a great find!

The traditional valentines weekend away with friends, their turn to choose location, and a pleasant surprise in the form of Lincoln; historic, beautiful, accessible, not too up-itself, but there is a bloody huge hill to walk up and down!

Away from it all, don't forget to post the valentine's card though!
Away from it all, don’t forget to post the valentine’s card though!

I hope you enjoy my monochrome shots, grouped into for key areas around this great historic city;

 

Lincoln Cathedral

Wherever you are in or around, approaching or driving away, you can always see this amazing gothic monstrosity towering over the landscape- the largest gothic building in Europe, an amazing statement that dominates the city and whole of Lincolnshire.

I know I took a lot of pictures of it, but it is truly remarkable and deserves them!

Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral
Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral

 

Castle and walk around the wall

This is a fantastic castle; it’s well worth getting up onto the castle wall with a 21-point audio guide, guaranteed history lesson and a fantastic value couple of hours all for £5 in the castle shop!

Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle

 

 

Up and down that hill

Lincoln has a famous hill that leads from the (rather boring, just like any other town) city at the bottom, with it’s formulaic shops, railway station and civic buildings, to the old city at the top of the hill; with the Cathedral, castle and historical centre. The mile long walk connecting the two has a fantastic array of independent shops, bars and café’s, if you need an altimeter from an RAF Nimrod, or some retro denim shorts, this is the place to be.

Out and about in Lincoln

Drinking beer is a good thing to do in Lincoln. The Cask bar is a lovely spot, and handy for a beer and pizza before trudging around the Cathedral. Another winner is the Wig & Mitre, food looked nice but didn’t have time to stay! But the best spot was the Lincoln Tap House, where a super selection of Friday night beers and food awaited us; well worth a visit.

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That’s another year of standing on one leg all Valentine’s weekend. Leyburn in Wensleydale, Ambleside in cumbria and now Lincoln in beautiful Lincolnshire; where to in 2017?

Another on-legged valentines weekend bites the dust
Another on-legged valentines weekend bites the dust

 

Skegness, Oh yes!

Skegness, Oh yes!

Skegness, Oh yes!
Skegness, Oh yes!
If it’s good enough for Peppa Pig then it’s good enough for me.

I had never been to Skegness before; when I got there I realised why.

Skegness, Oh yes!
Skegness, Oh yes!
Twinned with Bridlington, this is no Harrogate on Sea

Skegness, Oh yes! It’s horrible.

Skegness, Oh yes!
Skegness has something for everyone, that is, anyone who has never been anywhere else.

Situated 42 miles east of beautiful Lincoln on the East Lincolnshire coastline, battered by the relentless brown mass of the North Sea, looking out the icy wind at a sea of wind farms, generating enough energy to light up every amusement arcade along the strip, this really is the last place on earth.

Skegness beach
Skegness beach

Skegness, Oh yes!

I was looking forward to this trip out to the seaside. As every mile of A road twisted and turned towards our destination, I became less and less enthusiastic, the 42 miles took 90 precious minutes, in the face of a steady stream of vehicles escaping back to normality in the other direction, why are so many people coming away from this resort on a pleasant Saturday morning I thought; I can see why now.

Looking out to the North Sea at Skegness
Looking out to the North Sea at Skegness

Finally arrived, having driven out to a desolate car park at the Sea View Pullover on the edge of town next to a derelict Sun City Amusement Park, where a giant digger was noisily smashing up a huge fibreglass tyrannosaurus.

All the fun of the pier
All the fun of the pier

Windswept, everything closed, desolate; a long time since any fun was had here.

It’s time to don five layers of windproof clothing plus hat scarf and gloves, to climb down from the Discovery into a world that forty years ago was a thriving family holiday destination, the jewel in the crown of the Lincolnshire Riviera.

Skegness Pier
Skegness Pier

Immediately switched the Leica to Black and White; monochrome is the best method here I thought, everything is grey anyhow, 50 shades no doubt behind some of those closed doors.

Fun Fun Fun
Fun Fun Fun

The North beach itself is a beautiful if baron place, but it would be in February. Stretching for miles towards the distant Butlins encampment to the North, where thousands of caravans line up in Google maps to resemble a military encampment. We turned south and into the bracing wind, towards the pier; that’s the pier that mysteriously stops 300 yards before it meets the sea, seemingly not fancying its chances against the swirling waves battering the beach beyond it.

After a couple of miles taking in the lifeboat station and the South beach area it was time to turn inland and find a well-earned coffee; beautiful coffee aromas, Starbucks for a cinnamon swirl? Costa for a chocolate muffin? or Nero for a crisp biscotti?

Decisions decisions; time to consult the map…

Welcome to Skegness
Welcome to Skegness

Fat Chance! You are in Skegness, Oh yes!

It's Greggs or Greggs
It’s Greggs or Greggs

It’s Greggs, or Greggs. A tomato soup and three sausage rolls for £2 take it or leave it.

Plenty of retail therapy in Skeggy
Plenty of retail therapy in Skeggy

In fact, finding any ‘mainstream’ shopping experiences in town were a challenge; Harrogate on sea? I think not. It’s not everywhere that you can find a strip joint above an amusement arcade.

Lap dancing anyone?
Lap dancing anyone?

There are certainly many parallels with Bridlington, another favourite monochrome East coast town that time forgot. See my 2014 blog post here.

There is a charm to these places, if you can avoid being mugged, and have the luxury of escaping to normality; it is a true experience to savour their delights on a windy cold February Saturday.

But of course for their residents, there is a fierce pride and loyalty, get off our patch, leave us alone; we don’t want you here. The glare from the teenagers in Gregg’s, the growl from the pit-bulls on the beach, the  police van in the car park; the steamed-up cafe you didn’t dare to go in.

Skegness, Oh yes!

 

 

 

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Silver Swan. Over the last century this swan has become the icon of The Bowes Museum. The Silver Swan dates from 1773 and was first recorded in 1774 as a crowd puller in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer.
The Silver Swan.
Over the last century this swan has become the icon of The Bowes Museum. The Silver Swan dates from 1773 and was first recorded in 1774 as a crowd puller in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer.

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard is a lovely afternoon out, especially if it’s throwing it down outside and you are new in town – as we are today.

The Bowes Museum is situated in Castle Barnard, a true jewel in the landscape
The Bowes Museum is situated in Castle Barnard, a true jewel in the landscape

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

What an amazing treasure trove of art and many other beautiful things!

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Museum is a truly imposing building and houses a treasure trove of art, the background to this amazing collection is below – I would recommend anyone to pay a visit!

Background to the Bowes Museum

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New Light Exhibition and  Prize

We were lucky to get in and see the last day of the the New Light Prize Exhibition, which had opened in October 2015 at the Bowes Museum and now I think moves on to the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate and then onto London in June.

I only took a couple of snaps but found a link to this year’s Exhibition where all the work can be viewed on the What’s New page.

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Art in the New Light Exhibition; The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibition on level two was an added bonus –

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The magic in the muse is an interesting display that is on until April 2016; for any lover of Mapplethorpe, or great portrait photography, then this is a must also visit!

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

 

 

 

 

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

You can see what’s on here Bowes Museum I can’t praise it highly enough, we bought a six month pass and will be back again very soon.

I hope you like my pictures and I am pleased the Bowes museum also have shared some of them, indeed feel free to spread the word!