The trip started on the 8th December, when we landed in Manchester after a quick layover at Doha. We flew in on a spanking new Qatar A350-900 and it was an amazing experience. The food was good, the service was good, we had a row to ourselves and there were no kids. Win.
We checked in early to Travelodge in Central Manchester after some to and fro getting the wifi device. We got a hippocket device and it was pretty good for most of the trip, we lost connection as expected along the NC500.
Manchester Cathedral taken from the bridge outside our hotel. I love being jetlagged in Europe, cos it means I catch lots of morning hours when the bright skies haven't been dimmed by the wintry clouds and early sunsets. The days last from 8am-3pm, and get shorter the further north you go.
We were there for Christmas market season, and the variety of yummy food is definitely worth the long time spent queueing.
Lots to walk around and see, and shop.
We had lots of morning walking and early breakfasts, this was the most memorable one for me, cos we just arrived and I was starving cos it was dinner time back home. It was some sort of lamb ragout with naan. And of course, a great cup of coffee.
Do go breakfast hunting in Manchester, they cater for all palettes and budgets. This place, Pot Kettle Black at Barton Arcade was a little pricey, but was a very good first meal to have.
He had french toast which he enjoyed.
A picture of Pot Kettle Black in an otherwise quiet Barton Arcade at 8 am or so.
Of course we had to catch a match. I got drenched by an asshole who purposely accelerated 40m to plough through a deep puddle. Love my North face tri climate outer boroughs jacket... It kept most of me dry.
Ended up sharing a taxi back to town and walking through some Christmas markets on the way back to the hotel.
It was a good match to watch I guess, 4-1 vs Fullham. We stayed for the match day VIP hospitality experience which included a museum tour, buffet and other stuff.
Day 2, 9th December started with an American breakfast with Canadian style pancakes at Moose coffee. I regret the pancakes, they were ginormous and I possible to finish. I ended up picking out the bacon and sausage from the dough to eat.
Didn't really like the coffee either, I should just have stuck to English breakfasts!
His selection of eggs and hash were more palatable. But was also a huge portion.
Then it was off for a morning walk around the area, and we spent a good deal of time marvelling at pigeons bathing in 8 degree C weather.
The creepy af parking garage near our hotel, our hotel carpark charges a daily rate and it was at full occupancy for match day so we had to find alternative parking in this damp dingy viaduct repurposed space. Eek. It's super hard to park and manouvre around too. But well...we more or less left the car parked in Manchester -day 2 at the hotel- because driving to match day was not recommended.
Part of our room. It might not be the newest or most beautiful, but it was spacious and quiet, and had hot water with good pressure. Not picky!
Just some city shots before we move on to our next stop, lake district!
Love the red brick buildings!
At the entrance to Manchester Cathedral. The church bells summon people very insistently on Sundays, and people file on to attend the service.
Thursday, 31 Jan 2019
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