One of the things I love most about living in Newcastle is all of the places that I can now get to so easily by train.
My lovely friend Kate has been living in Leeds for many years and we used to see each other probably only twice a year. Now she lives an hour and 20 minutes away by train so one of the first things I wanted to get organised when I moved was a trip to see her.
So today I headed out for a gorgeous early morning stroll in the sunshine to catch the train to Yorkshire for the day.
Leeds has benefited to a massive redevelopment in recent months with the opening of the new shopping centre, Trinity. Only 3 months old it boasts an amazing range of shops, all with brand new sparkly fronts. I thoroughly recommend heading there for a shopping trip.
We began our day with brunch at Anthony’s Piazza in the Corn Exchange, a beautiful Victorian building in the heart of the city. It is so stunning inside and the food was gorgeous. I always like a good bargain and through a Living Social deal we enjoyed a full English Breakfast with toast and jam, orange juice, a glass of processo and coffee afterwards for £9.
What girlie day would be complete without a trip to the beauticians? After having such a full breakfast we waddled to Millies Beauty Salon for a manicure where we had a lovely gossip with the beauticians and walked out with beautifully polished nails.
By this point, being expert foodies, we were feeling a little peckish so decided to visit another Anthony’s establishment for some afternoon tea.
I’m pretty sure I won’t be eating again for the rest of the week!
Trains regularly from Newcastle to Leeds with the shortest trip being around an 80 minutes, amazing deals are to be had on tickets booked 12 weeks in advance.