Travelling along an elevated section of the A57(M) on a Friday afternoon, the high rise buildings of Manchester appear into view. I love that sight – the first glimpse of the big city that you are about to visit. It builds a sense of anticipation about the trip and an excitement about what’s in store. I’ve only recently become familiar with Manchester. After visiting many years ago it took me a long time to return, but Manchester has changed. The city centre is a thriving and exciting hub of art and culture, history, stunning architecture and cool places to hang out. The options are endless, but here’s a snapshot of how to spend 48 hours in Manchester, exploring the capital of the North.
I love exploring London. It’s such a vibrant city full of history and culture. I’ve never lived in London but have lived close enough to visit regularly over the years. For me, the capital has a familiarity to it, despite it’s sprawling size. At over 600 square miles, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Greater London. For the most part though, the iconic London landmarks that the majority of tourists want to visit are near to the River Thames. There are so many transportation options available, with the London Underground being the most popular choice thanks to the convenience and speed of getting around the city.
As I gaze out of the window of my home office, the winter sun shining down on the frosty gardens, I yearn to get outside and breathe in the fresh coastal air. The buds are starting to grow on the trees, soon the pale browns will be replaced by bright greens. In the distance I see a hill – a local nature reserve. There is movement. Hikers or dog walkers probably, in their bright winter clothing out for a morning stroll. I need to walk up that hill one day. I can’t believe I’ve lived here six months already and haven’t been. That said, I have been on many short walks in my new local surroundings of the North Wales coast. As a ‘fair weather’ hiker, who prefers not to venture too far, there are plenty of simple North Wales walks to keep me occupied here.