After finally getting some sleep last night (we only slept for about 4 hours in the past 30) we gathered for a quick walking tour of Manchester. Our hotel is located on Water Street near the central part of the city. First stop on our agenda… Starbucks. Arriving at 9:15 we discovered they don’t open until 9:30. Imagine a Starbucks not opening until after 7:00. Sacrilege!

Leaving Starbucks we took our life in our hands as we walked further into the city. It is quite difficult to cross a street and remember to look right for on coming traffic rather than the traditional US version of looking left. I just never expect cars to be coming from the opposite direction.

The weather report was for glorious sun. Unfortunately just 15 minutes into our walk the rains began and we ducked into some doorways for cover. Larry urged us to keep going and in short going we discovered a very large shopping mall. Armed with our new umbrellas, we were ready to once again hit the streets of Manchester. Exiting the mall we discovered the “Eye of Manchester. Ok, not really the Eye and maybe not quite like the Eye of London, but still an impressive Ferris wheel in the heart of the city. What better place to go and spot a few pubs!

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Which is exactly what we did and the rest of the day was spent “hitting the pubs” followed by a nap. There is such a fine line between taking a nap and passing out.

For the record I also purchased a messenger bag to use to carry my computer to Starbucks. It is a messenger bag, not a purse, not a European “carry all”, not a “man bag” it is a messenger bag. Unless I put my wallet and cell phone into it, it is NOT a purse. And so what if I do…

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