We spent a couple of days in Manchester last week, a city I had never previously visited. We stayed at the Premier Inn in the city centre and were very impressed with the staff and the service . Yes, the bed was very comfy!
We paid a very quick visit to the library. Greeted by a volunteer at the door we looked round the lending department and the local history area. I loved the children’s section which had a circle on the floor with virtual water complete with sound. Flickering on the bay ends were butterflies, and a woodpecker on the wall. Projected from somewhere I couldn’t see!
I spotted a bee mosaic on the floor. Later I saw more in the town hall. Bees were also on litter bins and lamp posts.
The worker bee symbolises Manchester as a hive of activity.
We joined a walking tour which lasted a couple of hours and was a fascinating introduction to the city.
The next day we caught a tram to Salford Quays. There is a massive amount of work going on in the city centre on improvements to the tram system. Workmen and hoardings everywhere. It will be good when it’s finished! Salford Quays is impressive, shiny new and bustling, especially on the day we were there as the Lowry theatre was hosting a graduation ceremony. The Lowry Gallery was fascinating. We learnt where he got his inspiration from , and saw Lowry’s versatility . I loved his sea paintings, many if not all inspired by the Sunderland coast.
The Millennium bridge. This one wobbles too!
View of Media City from the cafe at the Imperial War Museum North, which is a moving exhibition focussing on people’s stories and experiences of conflict from WW1 to the present day.
Before we caught the train back to MK we explored a bit more and went into St Ann’s church. It’s an unusual Anglican church as it’s rectangular with a balcony, more like a non conformist chapel. I spotted this beautiful plain window, so unusual.