A couple of weeks ago I went to Manchester as Richard had some work up there. So while he was off working – I decided to walk round and just generally exploring Manchester.
The last week of August, Richard came into my office one day and asked me, if I wanted to go to Manchester. My answers were an astounding ‘hell yes’. And to sweeten the deal, even more, Richard’s client booked us a free hotel and also free train tickets. So as you can imagine it was perfect.
I have never been to Manchester before, admittedly I never really been up north before. With me living in London it more accessible to travel around the south part of England then travelling up to the north part of the country.
Anyway, Manchester has always been on my list of places to visit, so I was not going to turn it down. What do I know about Manchester?
Well, It home of Manchester United (UK football team), the Gallagher brothers, Coronation Street and also Emmeline Pankhurst. But apart from that, I didn’t know much about Manchester.
Our journey to Manchester didn’t start till quite late the evening as it was cheaper to travel outside of peak times. So our train journey from Euston to Manchester was at 7:40 and we didn’t get to Manchester untill after 10:00. Quite a long journey and by the time we arrived at Manchester, we made a beeline to our hotel and just crashed out.
Richard had to get up the next morning at the crack of dawn to go to his work thing (for those who don’t know, he a photographer and he was hired to photograph an event), while I had a leisurely wake-up and started thinking about getting up and finding some breakfast.
My breakfast was at Federal Café where I had the tastiest banana bread ever. After breakfast, I decided now would be an excellent time to explore Manchester. Fortunately, Richard was only hired to work in the morning. Meaning I had the morning free to walk around and to take some photos of Manchester.
I also used this opportunity to do some shopping as Manchester has a really nice shopping area which consists of all my favourite high street shops.
On my walk, I did spot quite a few bees. Now bees I discovered while researching Manchester has a symbolic meaning attached to the city.
Bees in Manchester represent Manchester’s industries being exported across the world. My understanding is the bees go back to the industrial revolution when Manchester has lots of factories and progress was made on technology and industries.
The bees also symbolised last year terror attack at Manchester arena.
Enough talk, let me show you what I found while exploring Manchester and how they’re a nice blend between old and new.