Wednesday, 13 August 2014

4 days in Manchester

Friday 8 August. zero

Spent the day with Dave & Angie. First stop the Museum of Science & Industry MOSI. Did the Air and Space Hall, The two most interesting to me were the prototype Lightning and the Avro 707 (I think that is what it is called), It was used to develop the delta wing. From there across to the Textile Gallery. Interesting but not a patch on Queen Street Mill in Burnley.
Caught a Tram to Salford docks to visit the Lowry Gallery to see the exhibition of his stick men. Worth the trip. While there we bought tickets to War Horse. Then a quick look in the Imperial War Museum, North. A big emphasis on WW1. Back to the boat then to the local pub for dinner.

AVRO 707

The Lowry 

Imperial War Museum

Saturday 9 August, zero

Dave & Angie decided to move on as the weather forecast after today was not the best for boating. We spent the day walking and exploring Manchester. A visit to the Craft & Design Market. Nice to go to a market where quality and innovation is on display. Some very talented artists there. Lunch from a market stall then wondered through the city back to the boat for an early tea. Caught the Tram back to Salford to see War Horse. Watching the live performance was different. I reserve my opinion on whether a front row seat in a movie theatre with close up shots or watching live from the God's is the best. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sunday 10 August, zero

Wet Day so hunkered down for the morning then went back to the MOSI and this time concentrated on the Power hall with working engines and locomotives. Did a bit of a supermarket shop on the way back. In the evening we went to Coronation Street "The Tour". Coro street production moved to a new center last Christmas so we got to look around the dressing rooms, Wardrobe, Makeup, and then on to the sound stage where Gail's house, Jack and Vera's house and the inside of the Rovers Return were still there. Other memorabilia we also on display. Outside the street is a lot smaller than one imagines from what the TV shows. We now know what we will see in NZ in 2 years time

Pulling a pint at the Rovers return

some of the scenes we know so well

Monday 11 August, 9 miles.

The morning weather had improved from the last couple of days so we walked into the Peoples Museum. Different again as it focused on Unionism and the Labour Party. Very understandable how these were the important things to the working class. After lunch we set off in sunshine. By the time we went around the first corner the predicted showers for the day had started. Not the nicest of days to be travelling but I survived in my (Barry's) Dryasabone. Just before we stopped for the night the last shower of the day passed.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed War Horse and Coronation Street .Dave and I are back at home as we have left the boat in Anderton marina as with the bad weather would not have made it to Aston.Back on the canals probably Bank holiday Monday with 3rd grandson to help me with the locks in Middlewich.Have fun