Hi, it’s been a long time. I’m sorry I’ve been horribly busy exploring this fascinating city, going to an awful lot of concerts, working like a dog, singing at the X Factor Final (strangely, this is not a joke), meeting friends I hadn’t seen for two years… The regular things. Anyway, because this city is so beautiful, I thought I’d give you a better insight. But first, here’s a little gift to apologize for my very long absence:
Manchester’s city centre
As you’ll see, there is a bit more of the city centre than its huge mall.
This is one of my favourite neighbourhood in Manchester. This is where the Romans first settled in the city so there are still ruins of a Roman Fort built in the first century AD. But most of all, what’s makes it more special is its beautiful canals. These canals are where the Bridgewater Canal, one of the world’s oldest industrial canals, terminates. This place also used to be the final station of the world’s oldest railway, opened in 1830. Castlefield is right on the edge of the city centre but it feels so peaceful and so different. A lot of students don’t even know this part of town but that is a terrible shame.
The Northern Quarter
This could easily be called the coolest neighbourhood in Manchester, if you’re a tiny bit interested in music, alternative culture and vintage shops (which I am, and not just a tiny bit). At the very start of the Northern Quarter stands The Afflecks Palace, a huge building with loads of different shops of almost all alternative, music or geeky styles you could possibly think of. It’s even got an American 50’s rock’n’roll café. I absolutely adore this place.
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