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Old October 21st, 2007, 02:19 AM   #1
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London - Manchester - York - Leeds

Some pics taken during a short trip in England in August.

First a short stop in London to meet a friend before heading north:


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Old October 21st, 2007, 02:22 AM   #2
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I arrived in Manchester on the second day:



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The museum of Art, a bit poor:

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That's all for now but I'll post much more as soon as possible! Stay tuned!
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Old October 21st, 2007, 03:29 AM   #3
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Thanks for the pics.
Piccies of manchester are not common enough on this forum.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 12:17 PM   #4
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Yes, people are not interested in those northern england cities for some reason, I hardly saw any tourists and I was there in August... It's a pity as they are full of interesting contemporary buildings.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 12:25 PM   #5
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Really great pics! Manchester looks nice.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 03:21 PM   #6
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Yes, people are not interested in those northern england cities for some reason, I hardly saw any tourists and I was there in August... It's a pity as they are full of interesting contemporary buildings.
I've been to manchester on April 2004 when I was 15... I remember it was cold and rainy, and had some nice places around...
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Old October 21st, 2007, 04:25 PM   #7
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Yes, people are not interested in those northern england cities for some reason, I hardly saw any tourists and I was there in August... It's a pity as they are full of interesting contemporary buildings.
Mainly because they are former cities of the Industrial revolution of course, people get the idea they are all grimy and bleak.

I do prefer our smaller cities Bath,Oxford,Cambridge,Bristol,Lincoln etc but thats not to say Manchester doesn't have its merits too.

Birmingham... now thats bleak
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Old October 21st, 2007, 06:58 PM   #8
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great photos. i love the colors and looks and angles and it's nice to see people pics too. wow, it's sunny in chavchester...

i went to chavchester in 2005; it was the least favorite of the places i've been in the united kingdom. too snobby. i liked leeds, birmingham and newcastle a lot more.

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Old October 22nd, 2007, 07:40 AM   #9
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very impressive.!
manchester also very nice.. more than expected..
can i ask more pics.. ?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 07:58 AM   #10
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 08:22 AM   #11
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Great photos and amazing cities!
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 09:16 AM   #12
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Excellent images!!
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:13 PM   #13
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Thank you for your compliments, I'll try to post more pictures of Manchester tonight, York and Leeds will come later.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:54 PM   #14
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Great pictures. Can't wait to see the rest.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 10:39 PM   #15
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More pics from Manchester:


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Old October 22nd, 2007, 11:30 PM   #16
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I love this pic, you can see how Manchester is transforming from an Industrial city but this could've come straight out of the 1950's

LOVE the kid playing football in the background.

Am I weird for liking this over all the others?
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 01:40 AM   #17
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London and Moscow have some of the fastest growing skylines in all of the world now, let alone Europe.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 01:41 AM   #18
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I love this pic, you can see how Manchester is transforming from an Industrial city but this could've come straight out of the 1950's

LOVE the kid playing football in the background.

Am I weird for liking this over all the others?
Not really. Some of the older architecture is very interesting. Plus it mixes in with the new.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 09:12 AM   #19
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Mainly because they are former cities of the Industrial revolution of course, people get the idea they are all grimy and bleak.

I do prefer our smaller cities Bath,Oxford,Cambridge,Bristol,Lincoln etc but thats not to say Manchester doesn't have its merits too.

Birmingham... now thats bleak
That's because they were grimy and bleak. Many of the northern cities really did let themselves go. I remember growing up in Australia and seeing pictures of them on television and in books and they looked probably like some of the worst places I could imagine. Many people's impression of northern UK came from scenes of shows like Coronation Street which gave nothing bad bad impressions.

Thankfully this has changed now, and the revival of many of these cities can be used as benchmarks on how to improve urban area's. What still needs to be done is more promotion of them internationally. I see ads for Bilbao all the time in Germany (another grimy, bleak town that has had a great revival) but never Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds etc.

Great photos here. But did I miss the York and Leeds or are they coming?

You should also give us a bit of a blog on your impressions.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 05:34 PM   #20
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Nice pictures, these cities are often overlooked by visitors to the UK (except York which is well known on the tourist trail) which is a shame as they have lots to offer the visitor, maybe the promotion needs to be better.
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