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Catch-up in Beeston

Beeston


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A lovely night's stay in Beeston with an old friend and her partner who will be having their first baby very soon. We caught up with each other, watched 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (a film I've wanted to see ever since I first became aware of its existence, back in 2003, but never got round to doing so until now) and went bowling. I also got to sleep in a bed with three or four mattresses piled high - the child in me appreciated the novelty, haha - which turned out to be very good for my back!

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Posted by 3Traveller 12:33 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged united_kingdom nottingham Comments (0)

Manchester and Nottingham


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Dave and I went up to Manchester on New Year's Day to see his parents and grandma for our re-arranged Christmas visit (originally we had arranged to be there from Boxing Day to the 29th, but then of course events took over). It was lovely to see them, as always. We stayed the night and fitted a lot into the following day (today) before our departure.

In the morning we did some shopping at the Trafford Centre. I bought a special chocolate meringue and a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans from Selfridges and a pair of trousers for work. Dave had a good look round but didn't buy anything. Then time for some lunch in the food court - fish and chips from Harry Ramsden's - just what we wanted. For months I'd been looking forward to having some proper fish & chips once I was back in the UK for Christmas!

Then we managed to fit in one or two activities in the city centre. We walked through the Northern Quarter on our way to the Wheel of Manchester - interesting to see Manchester from a bird's eye view.

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We shared our pod with an thirtysomething Eastern European guy who told us that this was the first time in his life that he'd been so high up.

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A quick drink at Sinclair's Oyster Bar followed. This is the most atmospheric pub I've been to in Manchester; founded in the 18th century as an extension to the building that is now The Old Wellington Inn (which was itself built in the 16th century), after the IRA bomb exploded nearby in 1996 they were both dismantled and rebuilt further down the road. I love the wooden panelling inside. We couldn't spend long there though because we had to head to Nottingham before it got too late.

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We stopped at McDonald's for dinner at a service station on the way to Nottingham (Beeston). Today was clearly not a day for healthy eating! I only have McDonald's every once in a blue moon, but when I do, I do love a plain double cheeseburger with medium fries.

We were in Beeston for a flying visit to old friends, on our way back to St Albans. It was lovely to sit down and have a good chat for an hour or so. Thanks Amy and Dan! Thanks also for the Kahlua on ice!

Posted by 3Traveller 10:03 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged united_kingdom dave manchester nottingham historic_pub british_cuisine Comments (0)

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