We went to visit our family in Manchester last weekend. I've never been before, didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly delighted. It wasn't big and scary, dark and grim, instead it's just big enough to be big and wowy but not too big to be scary and intense.
All the areas are nicely defined and so it's quite villagy, we were right next to Chorlton which apart from being where the wheelies come from is very lovely, leafy and full of chi-chi little shops. Chorlton is also the home of the most brilliant shop ever, the shop that makes me want to pack my bags up and move north for good. The Unicorn Grocery. Oh what a delight, a shop that has NO meat in it whatsoever. Ta dah. I felt like skipping through the aisles, in fact I think I did a little bit...and even better than being a vegetarian shop, its actually a vegan shop so no dairy or eggs either. We purchased lots of lovely vegetables, some mason jars and some delicious pasties to eat on our long drive home.
We also took Tilly with us and she took us all out for a walk at a place called Alderley Edge which has lots of ancient and wizardy connections. It was very beautiful with great views over the city, lots of walkers, lots of dogs, so much countryside so near to the city..brilliant.
It was a great walk, the dogs loved it, we were joined by Tilly's new friend Peggy the Border Terrier, although there were no pooh bins, not even back at the car park, which is a bit odd and smelly because we all had to carry around stinky bags of pooh!
We loved Manchester, much more leafy then you think, great to walk around, fantastic tram system, fantastic people, pubs and food...we can't wait to visit again.