Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
Having worked on the outskirts of Newcastle, Northern Ireland as a summer camp counselor during my university days, I jumped at the opportunity for a revisit. Staying at the Victorian elegance of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa was a significant upgrade from the moldy tent that had served as my summer home all those years ago. The resort has lovely views overlooking the Royal County Down Golf Club, which is ranked among the world’s best golf courses, and views over the city to the south and Mourne Mountains just beyond.
Newcastle is a small city—a town, really—but also a summer resort, with a beach, amusement park-style rides, and arcade-style entertainment. On weekends during the warmer months the central promenade generally fills with people out for their evening walk, making the avenue a great spot for people watching. The promenade is also where you will find most of the city’s amusements, such as Castle Park, which offers go-karts, crazy golf, and pedal-swans; or, for the more athletically inclined, Island Park, which offers tennis courts and a nine-hole pitch ’n putt golf course. Other entertainment along the strand can be found at Fun World, Joyland, and Coco’s Adventure Playground.
Quite funny to think back about how some things change and others of course don’t. Getting back to Ireland and Newcastle in particular was an amazing trip back through memory lane.