My brother bought a house in Durham and invited to me to see it last weekend. I was glad to receive this invitation, as I had never visited Durham County before. He had already planned an entire itinerary, as we would also visit Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Middlesborough. He even arranged for an airport taxi to pick me up from the airport, which was great indeed. Before me coming to Durham, he recommended two great hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel (Frankland Lane) and Marriott Hotel Royal County (Old Elvet). I chose the first one and also arranged for a taxi cab to take both of us around town.
Knowing that I was a science geek, the first place he took me to see was the Museum of Life and Science. I have to say that this was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, as this museum is pretty great. We also took a stroll down Durham Central Park, enjoying the wonderful outdoors. After the stroll through the park, we went out for diner and enjoyed some great food. I was so tired that I finally decided to take a cab back to the hotel. I then remembered that one my friends used to come to Durham and use the same taxi company; however, he required a wheelchair taxi, as he had a physical problem.
I had also reserved an estate car to take me from Durham to Gatwick airport. The 309 miles distance was covered in 4 hours and 59 minutes and the price was around £643. My brother also left Durham to reach Durham Tees Valley airport; he had previously reserved one of those saloon cars. The 26 miles distance was covered in 35 minutes and he had to pay only £43 for a saloon car. The taxi company also had executive cars and minibuses available, which was useful for future reference. I stopped on the road at Marriott Hotel (Eagle Drive, Northampton) and at Park Hotel (5-7 Waverley Street, Nottingham). My hunger was satisfied at Thai Nam Tip (19 Mare Fair, Northampton) and at Sat Bains (Lenton Lane, Nottingham).
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