However, we all showered and napped and surprisingly, felt 110% better by 5:30, so I called Chrissy to see if she was still planning to meet us. She was on her way!
We met in the hotel lobby and spent the next several hours getting to know each other, having dinner at a fabulous Italian restaurant and exploring Manchester. David and Jess gave up after dinner and returned to the hotel, but Kailyn and I continued with Chrissy, who was a wealth of knowledge about the town and took us to all the cool places to see.
Me with my special blogging friend and tour guide extraordinaire, Chrissy!
The Hanging Bridge Chambers, a very cool building.
Manchester Fire Station; it was amazingly large for such a small town!
A huge wall map in Pickadilly Station.
One of several old exchange buildings
A ginnel . . . meaning a passageway between two buildings! Chrissy said the umbrellas are to poke fun at Manchester, which is known for rainy weather. We had gorgeous weather on Wednesday, but it rained Thursday and Friday!
The Royal Exchange . . . I think I recall that this one was where the stock exchange happened. There was a huge chalkboard high up on a wall inside, with the prices from the last time (years ago) when it was used. The light was poor inside so we didn't take photos. :(
Between Kailyn and I we took dozens of photos, but I can't remember what all the buildings were called. My brain is so full right now, and my body is so tired, that I will close shortly.
Our first day in Manchester was beyond my wildest dreams for seeing "old stuff". The architecture took my breath away. The history of this town that was big in the industrial age, and how much of it remains, was impressive.
I am already way behind on blogging our adventures and may attempt to bundle a couple days together tomorrow morning. We spent the next day in Chester, another ancient, well cared for and fabulous town. We boarded the train to London on Friday morning, then took another train to Cambridge, which was stunning! Today I wore my pedometer and logged 8.3 miles of walking and stairs as we explored London! It was ice pack time after dinner, and now it's time for bed. I need to download the past two days pictures before I can go on!
Until next time, providing the wifi keeps functioning! For some reason I can blog, but I can't check email!