Trip Start May 15, 2013
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Wheel of Manchester
Sinclair's Oyster Bar

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Dave and I went up to Manchester on New Year's Day to see his parents and grandma for our re-arranged Christmas visit (originally we had arranged to be there from Boxing Day to the 29th, but then of course events took over). It was lovely to see them, as always. We stayed the night and fitted a lot into the following day (today) before our departure.

In the morning we did some shopping at the Trafford Centre. I bought a special chocolate meringue and a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans from Selfridges and a pair of trousers for work. Dave had a good look round but didn't buy anything. Then time for some lunch in the food court - fish and chips from Harry Ramsden's - just what we wanted. For months I'd been looking forward to having some proper fish & chips once I was back in the UK for Christmas!

Then we managed to fit in one or two activities in the city centre. We had a go on the Wheel of Manchester - interesting to see Manchester from a bird's eye view. We shared our pod with an thirtysomething Eastern European guy who told us that this was the first time in his life that he'd been so high up.

A quick drink at Sinclair's Oyster Bar followed. This is the most atmospheric pub I've been to in Manchester; founded in the 18th century as an extension to the building that is now The Old Wellington Inn (which was itself built in the 16th century), after the IRA bomb exploded nearby in 1996 they were both dismantled and rebuilt further down the road. I love the wooden panelling inside. We couldn't spend long there though because we had to head to Nottingham before it got too late...
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