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Published: November 5th 2015
The compulsory phone booth photo
We know that we are a bit strange sometimes but we love the British phone booths. We have to take a photo of at least one for each blog entry we publish from UK
Manchester is more than United and City
Earlier this year we came across some really cheap flight tickets to Manchester. We hardly knew anything about Manchester but we decided to buy the tickets anyway. Sometimes when we travel we have a clear plan and purpose. At other times we take chances and just go without making any plans at all. This trip to Manchester was one of the latter kind. We didn't even know what we wanted to see when we stepped on board the flight which took us there.
Well, we did of course know about the city's two major football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, so we weren't completely unaware of what the city had to offer. But football is not something we are interested in so we preferred to look elsewhere to educate ourselves on what Manchester has to offer.
Manchester was one of the more important cities during the early industrialisation of United Kingdom. So as you understand it is a city with a lot of history. In such cities we don't need any tourist sites to keep us happy (and we certainly don't have to watch
Another kind of photo we like is this, photo in a tunnel. This is a portico we found between the Central Library and the Town Hall
a bunch of men in shorts chasing a ball to make the time pass). In such cities we are quite happy to just wander around and explore and that is mainly what we did.
Manchester once had a lot of industries and industries require good transport. In the late 18th and early 19th century going from one place to another in England using roads was very time consuming and bringing large quantities of goods with you on the way was out of the question. The road network simple wasn't designed for that. Instead they used canals and trains for transport. Manchester was connected to several other cities through canals and they had one of the earliest railway lines in all of UK. That railway line went between Liverpool and Manchester. One of the stations in Manchester, Manchester Liverpool Road railway station
, still exists and is the oldest preserved railway station in the world. The station is today incorporated in the Museum of Science and Industry
Many (all?) of the old canals still exist and they are nowadays popular for recreational boating. Originally the boats on the canals were pulled by horses so there had to be a path alongside the canal. Those
The Central Library
The reading room was absolutely lovely. We have tried to take photos of it but they just don't make it justice. See also the panorama
paths are often still there and can be good hiking trails or makes for good walks. We wouldn't recommend anyone to walk them at night though because some sections of those paths felt a bit dodgy.
One part of central Manchester, Canal Street and around, is notably gay friendly. We found some murals with gay friendly messages in that neighbourhood and a café we visited had a sign saying that it is a gay owned and gay friendly establishment and they asked the guests to respect that.
We just have to mention the central library. The reading room was absolutely lovely. We have tried to take photos of it but they just don't make it justice.
When we were in Manchester we had an afternoon tea. Ake wasn't very fond of it but Emma liked it. But Emma is more of a tea drinker than Ake so that perhaps was to be expected.
We may have different opinions about afternoon tea but we sure don't disagree when it comes to football. We both think it is a very dull sport. But still we visited Old Trafford, the stadium
The Central Library
Again trying to capture the beauty of the reading room in a photo
which is the home of the football team Manchester United. We went there when we were jogging in the morning.
We actually like UK so much that we only a few days after we returned home from this trip decided to buy flight tickets for a weekend in London later this year.
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