Tourist descriptions are not my area. Suffise it to say that Manchester was vibrant, windy and sunny, very much to my taste.
Val and I look for canal-related things, so this was our chance.
First there was Castlefield Basin.
It is an impressively restored area that breathes the atmosphere of 19th century railways, even older canals, bridges in many shapes and sizes, tastefully mixed with modern buildings.
Deeply impressed, from there we followed the canal across the city. For Paula it was as much a holiday feeling as for us, as she had known Manchester so far only from street level. With us she went to the next level - down, that is. Welcome to the parallel world of old English waterways!
Ever wondered where the original Magic Bus could be found? How about Manchester? It's a pleasant double decker. In fact we saw many of them.
For those with a fast internet connection or much patience I have uploaded a 7.2Mb QuickTime movie with practically all the images of the weekend: the visit to Castlefield Basin, the walk along the Rochdale Canal through Manchester, our visit to The Quays, a hyper modern development around the former sea port, and a trip to the boat lifts in Anderton. To download the movie Ctrl-click (Win: right-click) and choose from the menu.
Photos Koos Fernhout