It really didn´t click between me and Manchester – even so I was super excited to spend a day there. I took the bus from Bakewell in the morning (it was the last day for this route, they changed it and I think there are no more direct ones) and started my day with a boat tour through the Manchester canal.
The area around the canal/rivers seems to be up and coming – a lot of building is happening. Apartment buildings and business complexes. My Airbnb host in Bakewell had already told me that a lot of companies are leaving London and are resettling in Manchester. BBC and ITV have huge studios along the canal.
Besides new buildings along the canal, there is also a lot of trash in the water – I´m not talking about that lovely gnome family but about a lot of fridges floating around.
After cruising around the canal and river for about an hour I went back to my hotel next to Picadilly train station and later on met with Theresa for her personal vintage inspired photoshoot in the Northern Quarter.
And I spent my evening at the cinema watching “Mamma Mia – Here we go again” – the songs are still playing around in my head. Not the worst soundtrack for this summer.
The morning, Sunday, I met Emma for her photoshoot in the Castlefield area – this is part of the Science Museum.
The Alan Turing memorial. right around the corner from my hotel. Turing was an early computer scientist and the mastermind behind the decoding of the German Enigma during World War II at Bletchley. In 1952 Turing was prosecuted for homosexual acts, back then a criminal offence in the UK. He accepted a chemical castration treatment instead of going to prison but died from cyanide posing just days before his 42nd birthday. His death was marked as suicide but might have been an accidental poisoning because of the medication.
This building was right next to my hotel and I saw it right from my window. It seems to have been the fire station and was opened in 1906 and also housed a police station, an ambulance station, a bank, a coroner’s court, and a gas-meter testing station and was closed down in 1986. Since then it´s been waiting for a new purpose.