The day started with a walk along the Liverpool docks in a temperature of around 11 degrees and wind blowing. By the time we got back to the hotel about an hour later, it started to rain.
Apart from being cold, the walk along the docks was quite enjoyable, A mix of older and new buildings, this area of Liverpool is quite historic although the docks are quite the importance to the city they once were. A number of museums and exhibitions halls are situated along the docks, one of those museums being "The Beatles Story", claimed to be the largest permanent exhibition devoted to the Beatles. Nice to see two tall ships tied up at one of the wharves.
Leaving Liverpool in light rain, we headed for Manchester with little in mind other than driving past the Old Trafford Cricket Ground then past the Manchester United Football Club Stadium just to make all the cricket and football fans envious. A bit of a battle getting there with operator error failing to following confusing instructions from a GPS with maps that often look very unlike what the actual road looks like. Made it in and out again, at least the weather had fined up for the day.
Today was planned as a short day so the drive into Leeds was also just a drive through to have a look. Just love looking at the old buildings in the old sections of the cities and driving though the narrow streets even though that makes driving difficult at times.
Into the city of Bradford , once known world-wide for its 19th century textile industry. A very old city, dating back to Saxon times and mentioned in 1086AD, Always having an industrial back ground, particularly in textiles, Lister's Mill was built around 1870 and at the time was the largest silk factory in the world. Bradford earned the first UNESCO City of Film title; Sydney, Australia, was the second city to achieve this. Little Germany in Bradford is an area of historical and architectural significance for its 19th century buildings built by European merchants. Many of these buildings were warehouses for storage and sale of goods.
We got some good reactions from various people when we checked into the Bradford Hotel, Bradford under the name of Bradford. Therese tried to claim we should get an upgrade for that. We spent the afternoon wandering through the city centre looking at the buildings and the old cobbled streets. The town appears to have a chewing gum problem and reminded me of a railway station in Japan where the footpaths still wore the chewing gum dropped by US soldiers in the years after the war. It isn't quite that bad yet but Bradford is running a campaign to encourage people to throw their used gum into a bin.
We are doing a two night stop-over here to take a break, catch up on a few things and maybe check out some nearby areas tomorrow.