Cold & rain don't dampen fashion & food day!
Trip Start May 03, 2010
109Trip End Aug 09, 2010
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Before I get started, let me tell you that Manchester was in my top 13. I arrived at Oxford Station and was pretty lost. It took awhile to find the tourist office - they moved it and when I asked for directions, people sent me towards the old location. When I did arrive, a nice you guy helped me with great directions to the hostel, info about a fashion museum, and tips for local English food. He was right on with all of it!
I took the free bus he mentioned part of the way, then I had a beautiful walk to the hostel among iffy-looking skies. There were flowers everywhere. I stopped for some groceries and got some hummus and a can of Schweppes Gin and Tonic. The hostel was nice in an old part of town with unique architecture among the canals. I had a snack and headed out for the museum. I got a little lost in a park area near some major highways. There were signs everywhere about theives in the area. I moved quickly.
I got to the street I needed after a bit and grabbed a bus down past the university and beyond Curry Mile. If you want Indian food, this is your neighborhood. Some of the shops looked interesting too. The museum was in an old mansion. There was apparel through the ages, a great hat and purse display, plus a button museum. I was particularly drawn to the dress made of needles. (See photo - it's not fur.)
My next stop was Picadilly Station to get a ticket for London the next day. I found myself sitting in their Starbucks for an hour chatting with Pat about my return to the states and to the world of work again. We enjoyed making great plans that will unravel this fall.
Next, I walked around and found myself in the area I needed to be in for dinner. It was a wee bit early, but that was ok, I was hungry. I was at Sam's Chop House and seated in the basement dining area. It was decorated in mahogany and had an antique feel. They also know their wine!
I had a great glass of red from Argentina, I think. (You have to buy the book for this one!) My appetizer was a corned beef hash cake. Interesting. Next, my entree was a fabulous salad, quiche and some boiled new potatoes. While it doesn't sound that interesting, it was different from what I would make and very, very good.
I walked back to my hostel through a shopping district. It was a great walk and a pretty night. I wish I had another day here.