Friday, 12 November 2010

Weekend Snapshots ~ 7: A Whirlwind Tour to Manchester

Mister Emm is a Manchester United fan but I know most of you will be kind enough not to hold that against him (or at least leave me out of it!)  After three years in England, he decided to splash out on a season ticket for Old Trafford this season.  Now I know that the very astute amongst you might have noticed the flaw here.  Yes, that’s right, we live in London.  Suffice to say, Mister Emm spends every other weekend driving up to Manchester for matches and he drives back down again the next day or even that same evening.  We are very lucky to have friends in Manchester that don’t mind him camping out in their spare room nearly every weekend!

Manchester 2010

Last weekend we rushed off to Manchester for one night.  We were meant to leave at about 7am but as you can imagine, I need my beauty sleep and we only left around 9am!  Lucky we left that late too, otherwise we would never have had the pleasure of getting stuck behind a serious accident for nearly an hour!!!  When I took this photo, our engine was off and very soon afterwards, all these Manchester United supporters were getting out of their cars and socialising.  My contribution to the cause was to sit on Twitter and complain. 

Twitter

Old Trafford

We got to Old Trafford just in time for the game and Stephen had to kick me out of the car and rush inside.  This was the only photo I managed to get of the stadium before hopping on to a bus to Piccadilly.

Manchester Piccadilly

I am not sure if they have completely refurbished Piccadilly but it looked nothing like I remember it.  In fact, I thought it was quite pretty and it had a super vibe.

Manchester Piccadilly

It has definitely made me want to visit Manchester again in the near future (I have to confess to avoiding it like the plague in favour of Liverpool.  I met up with my Dad and step-Mum at their hotel and we went off to do some shopping and visited some pubs.

Manchester Piccadilly football plaque

This plaque was just under the Primark and reads “The Football League was founded here on 17th April 1888 at the Royal Hotel which stood on this site”. 

Manchester PiccadillyMy biggest problem with Manchester is that this huge grey cloud seems to be permanently located above it.  There is a lot of encouragement from my friends and family to move up there but I’m just not a big fan of Manchester.  I think I’d have a problem living in Liverpool and that was my favourite city on Earth (before I visited New York and Novi Sad). Perhaps if I visited in the middle of summer I would see something different?  What is your least favourite city and why?

Anyway, it was lovely to see my Dad and step-Mum and once the game had finished, Mister Emm joined us for an eat-as-much-as-you-like Chinese buffet.  Yum!

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13 comments

  1. ooo... so this is how it look like. i've been to london but not manchester.

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  2. As much as I dislike Man U as a club, I can't help but admire your husband's enthusiasm! Isn't it nice that the UK is so relatively small that he can live in one city and actually have season tickets for a team in another--you could never do that in the US.

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  3. Ah, Manchester's not so bad! We were there for a weekend last August for a work thing and we had a nice time. And yes, the weather WAS better. LOL! I like your dramatic cloud pics, though ;-)

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  4. I've visited Manchester once while I was in London but never liked it. Never found the vibe or connect with the place. And I agree with u about that permanent grey cloud that hangs above it!!

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  5. I have never been to Manchester, but I have always followed their results due to Fergie being the Aberdeen manager before he left to go there. I love a good Chinese buffet, the problems is trying to find a good one!

    I really hate Dundee...worst city in the world! It is a hell hole!

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  6. I liked your photos, i have never been to Manchester like many Londoners it's not often i get further than Watford lol

    This cracked me up
    My biggest problem with Manchester is that this huge grey cloud seems to be permanently located above it.

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  7. Sometimes we just have to do stuff to keep our spouses happy *sigh*. My spouse's all time favourite tv programme is Top Gear, one of the most boyish, adolescent programmes on all of television. So once a week, I supply him with cups of tea and biscuits, and let him get on with it.

    You at least had the pleasure of catching up with your family :)

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  8. My other half has been a Man U supporter for most of his life, ever since he was at school and lived near enough to go each week. However his enthusiasm doesn't stretch as far as season tickets. I'm grateful for small mercies.

    I used to know Manchester fairly well but quite some years ago.

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  9. Maybe you can visit Norway to get a new favorite:-)
    Well, I never been in England, wish some day..and I like ManU:-)
    Think you have grey skies, but many great buildings.
    Thanks for your nice comment:-) Wish you a happy weekend!

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  10. New York City is also one of my favourite places on earth! But Manchester.... I visited once and that was more than enough for me. But it's great that you had a blue sky when you went.

    Many thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

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  11. Wow, Mr. Emm really is a huge soccer fan! :) I'm not quite sure what's my least favorite city. I guess I'm not so happy with Cleveland where I live now. I always say I have to move somewhere warmer...:)

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  12. @ Lily: Manchester actually has some interesting history but I just don't like it much!!

    @ Kathy: Yeah, he has always been a big fan!

    @ JaPRA: I guess I just prefer Liverpool and Chester and so would prefer to tour around there.

    @ Ash: Seems like we're in agreement!

    @ William: Okay then, I shall take your advice and stay far away from Dundee then!!

    @ Steve: That wasn't a joke! I was gobsmacked the first time I visited Manchester as an adult. That cloud is just oppressive!

    @ Hels: Ugh. There is a channel here called Dave that runs Top Gear reruns all the time!! Steve is always watching them when it's not football or F1.

    @ Sheila: Steve's biggest dream is to livein Manchester but he knowingly tells everyone "Mandy will never leave London".

    @ Spiderdama: I realised last night that I have been mispelling your name all this time! Sorry!! I think I would definitely fall in love with Norway but would only bebrave enough to visit in summer (at first).

    @ Joy: New York City stole my heart too. :)

    @ Ivanhoe: He is! He made me take him to Old Trafford on our honeymoon! Aaaah, I can so relate to the "somewhere warmer" wish but I am feeling pretty fortunate to be in London this season.

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  13. An hour. That is terrible. I would have probably facebooked or phoned someone to have a moan!!!

    I bet the accident was a stupid driver too! grrr!

    Now I always wanted to go to manchester but not sure now. hmmmmmm Ill see! ....

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