After having a pretty nasty breakfast buffet at the Marriott, (for example fried eggs sitting in oil as the choice for morning eggs-no thanks), we drove mom to the York train station. She had been traveling with us for the past week through the UK for her vacation but now had to get back to “the real world”. We got her on the train and waved our sad good-byes as the train took her to London where she would catch her flight to NYC.
Giff and I went back to the hotel to relax and get showered before driving up to Sunderland. We were slowly making our way from England to Scotland. We arrived in Sunderland and saw that it had a beautiful coastline. The Marriott hotel was right on the water and they upgraded us to a corner suite with a perfect view of the ocean and lighthouse. Since we had been moving around southern England pretty quickly, we decided to take it easy and just enjoy the hotel. We walked a few blocks down and grabbed a few groceries…snacks and water since we would be in the car a lot over the next week.
We found an Indian restaurant recommended by the front desk. It was upstairs overlooking the water but very well priced and we were the only people in the place (it was early). We ordered a couple curry dishes recommended by the waiter and tried poppadoms for the first time which were extremely crispy flatbread type crackers. They served them with a few topping options, one was thinly sliced onions mixed with cilantro, hot peppers, a sweet honey type topping and some type of pickled topping. It was definitely different and tasty.
After dinner we took a walk on the beach and then relaxed in our room with a book and played on the computer. Tomorrow we will see Scotland!!