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    • Day 8

      Day 8

      April 25, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      There are no postboxes (Briefkästen) in Manchester.
      Or at least, I haven't seen them until today.
      If you want to send a letter to someone, you have to put the letter in a red [hydrant]. It wouldn't surprise me, if your letter will never arrive.. At least there's written royal mail in capital letters on the hydrant.Read more

    • Day 4

      Day 4 MANUTD => Old Trafford

      April 21, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Today is our 4th day in Manchester. We visited the Old Trafford Stadium today. But starting from the beginning:
      Today I realised, that it is no exception, that busses never arrive on time. Yesterday I came to school with a delay of 16 minutes. Albeit my bus should've arrived 19 minutes earlier, at 8.57. Today I wanted to take even an earlier bus, estimated arrival time was set to 8.45, our school starts at 9 o' clock. But as I stood on the bus station and waited for some minutes, another bus arrived. As he drove in the same direction, I took him. I thaught this could be my first day without a delay. But then we stood at the highway, for 10 minutes without moving in any direction, as I am while driving back home this evening and writing my daily blog. And I arrived with a 2 min delay at our school, I really felt ashamed, as I am swiss. I'm never late normally. Tomorrow I'll take an even earlier bus. School was not that interesting, my teacher told me to "shut up", because I talked with Timon in Swissgerman.
      Then we had lunchbreak until 1 pm, we went to tesco and bought sandwiches and a limited galactic edition coke. It was ok, but normal coke is better. In the afternoon we drove to the Old Trafford Stadium of Manchester United and had a very interesting tour there. But unluckily we had to put all metallic stuff out of our pockets and I had a swiss army knive with me. I just put it on this screening table as I would do in Switzerland. The security said that he will leave it there and I can collect it later. After about 10 minutes inside the museum there comes a security guard to me and says we need to talk. I didn't even know why first, but then he told me that this knives are illegal in the UK and that he has to take my personal information. They've sent it to the police now and my knife is getting destroyed. Altough I legally bought it from Victorinox in Switzerland and legally travelled with it through the swiss airport. The knife was really expensive, so I'm very upset now..
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    • Day 1

      Coniston Rd 51

      April 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      So after Vlady and I had a lot of problems we finally both found a host family. They are very kind. Albeit we had to wake up at 3 am british time, arrived past 8 am we had to wait 4+ hours for and in the taxi until we found our hosts. Adresses got changed 3 times. We already thaught about staying in a hotel. But finally. We've got it. Manchester looks pretty small. Much cheap fast food. We have 3 healthy weeks before us.Read more

    • Day 16

      Day 16

      May 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Today nothing happened.
      Well not really; I arrived on time today. In contrast, the first hour of school was just welcoming the late ones, so it wouldn't have mattered at all.
      I'm just watching the cl semi-final. My luggage is already packed.Read more

    • Day 28

      Manchester locally

      July 12, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

      No trips today just getting out and about in local Manchester.

      The girls went to Elizabeth Gaskell house which is an old Victorian property where Gail volunteers. Elizabeth was the owner and became a famous English writer. Regarded as ‘one of the greatest female novelists of all time’ Elizabeth Gaskell was born in 1810 and lived at 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester with her family from 1850 until her death in 1865. Elizabeth welcomed guests such as Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte to her House and mixed with a cross section of Victorian society from the poor of the workhouse to the likes of Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin.

      Alan and I visited the Imperial War Museum which had a focus on how Manchester coped during the war.

      Everything is quite local to their house which is on the river. You can see the Manchester United stadium not far away. If you have a lazy US$6 billion, they are for sale.

      Further down from the museum is the Coronation Street set and filming studio. Yes, it is still in production!

      Alan took me to The Britons Protection pub. It was the scene of a violent local political rally in 1904 where 15 demonstrators died. I was pleased to see my ancestor's whiskey on sale although I had a beer.

      We passed the Midland hotel walking back into town. In the entrance was a 1939 Rolls Royce. This was the hotel where monsieur’s Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met for afternoon tea and decided to try their hand at building cars.

      A quick stop at the state library and we then rendezvoused with the girls at Sam’s Chop House for a late lunch.

      We had to back track to find a misplaced umbrella which became another excuse for another drop.

      Home on a tram and relaxed to plan tomorrow. We will be on the move again.
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    • Day 27

      Chatsworth day trip

      July 11, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      We are heading out to drive to Chatsworth. It will be a fairly long drive, maybe an hour or so. The new Kia EV6 is fully charged and off we go.

      The countryside is lush and green, you can’t help but be impressed by all the stonewall fences.

      From the moment you enter the estate grounds it is jaw dropping how beautiful and grand this piece of history is and we couldn’t wait to look inside.

      Chatsworth House was home to the Dukes & Duchess’s Devonshire family and has been passed down through 16 generations. They are all at rest buried in a nearby village at the St Peter’s church. The property came into the family after being purchased by Sir William Cavendish for £600 in 1549, who then began building on the grounds.

      Kings and Queens visited here, and, in that era, it was all about decadence and wealth that was on display to all that visited. It is just an amazing place to visit.

      For the Pride & Prejudice fans this mansion featured in the movie and tv series.

      There are over 25 rooms in the stately home including the Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sculpture Gallery as you walk through discovering its art, history and all about the family.

      The ceiling art defies belief. In every room there are staff to tell you the story of the family.

      Each Duke wanted to make it bigger and grander than the previous generations, leaving their mark on one of Derbyshire’s finest country houses.

      There were just so many stunning pictures to be taken it will be hard to settle in the top 10.

      We spent several hours walking through and then we covered the grounds too. The weather has been a bit unkind today, but it didn’t dampen our experience.

      The emperor water fountain works on gravity and the fountain steps are amazing.

      Before we headed back to Manchester, we had to stop at the Devonshire Arms for a locally brewed pint.

      Gail cooked up a home cooked feast and we settled in watching episodes of Pride & Prejudice so we could say “we were there today”.
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    • Day 29

      Manchester - Family History Day 1

      January 5, 2020 in England ⋅ ☁️ 46 °F

      Today was dedicated to finding family headstones. With good planning it turned out to be easier than anticipated. Dottie and Adel have good memories of locations and combined with maps and the internet the headstones were easily located. At Southern Cemetery area U-2141 Isabella Occelston is my g-g-grandmother. John Weedall and Isabella Weedall are my g-grandparents.
      At Saint Winfreds church are the markers for Grandpa George and Grandma Clare (Clara). These are the people that I knew as a child.

      Also made another new friend Jennie Roberts. She is a member of the church and grew up in Manchester on Crown Street. Her family owned Massey Chip Shop. Visited with her and had a cup of tea. She had extra memories of the area and the town. Another wonderful connection to Manchester.

      Monday I’m heading to the Manchester library to hunt old maps and photos of the places the family lived.

      Finished the evening with Sunday Roast.
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    • Day 2–4

      Spieltag

      December 12, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Leider musste ich feststellen, dass die hier in Manchester echt lahme Ärsche sind. Stimmungsmässig kam da gar nix. In unserer FCB -Kurve ging allerdings der Punk ab. Gewonnen haben wir natürlich auch noch👍🏻🍻.Read more

    • Day 272

      Manchester

      October 3, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Gestern sind Andy und ich am Abend von Basel nach Manchester geflogen. Um ca. 0:30 sind wir dann im Bahnhof Piccadilly angekommen und da kommt uns auch schon Sämi entgegen. Er ist mit dem Zug von London angereist. Wir freuen uns sehr, ihn wieder zu sehen. Bis zum Sonntagabend verbringen wir die Zeit mit ihm in Manchester. Heute musste er hier noch arbeiten. Andy und ich haben das grosse Museum angeschaut.Read more

    • Day 2

      🇬🇧 1era Parada Manchester

      April 4, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Despues de un vuelo de más de 10 hrs y pesado por la cantidad de niños llorones por fin llegué a Manchester, eran alrededor de las 9 de la mañana y tenía 8 horas para conocer parte de la ciudad... Tomé mis maletas y esperé un tren que en media hora me llevó al Centro exactamente a la estación de Picadelly, fue fácil y creo que pagué como 5 euros por ambos trayectos

      ... El día fue muy lindo, fresco pero con un rico sol que se veía que la gente lo disfrutaba.

      Caminé por todo lo marcado del primer cuadro de la ciudad, jardines, plazas, edificios, típica ciudad inglesa, después de comer tomé el bus gratuito para ver lo que me pudo haber hecho falta en mi walking tour... Estaba cansada, entonces decidí ir al aeropuerto para poder documentar con tiempo y no tener ningún contratiempo...

      Siguiente parada Copenhage!!!
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    City and Borough of Salford, Salford, SLF

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