Anyway, on Sunday I tried to qwell my travel lust by going on a road trip to Cheshire. Michael decided to come along and so it was his choice to go to Wilmslow.
Cheshire is a lovely green county, south of Manchester with the biggest concentration of millionaires in the country. Wilmslow is a small town serving this well heeled community, but unfortunately they don’t seem to be interested in Sunday shopping because the town was very quiet and half the shops were closed.
This is the house I would choose.
Apart from around 3000 cyclists who were doing a 100 mile charity ride, the place was pretty dead.
I am always wary of companies who “organise” charity bike rides and charge a fee. None of which goes to the charity involved and the rider gets their own sponsors. Sky and British cycling do this for free and the events are very well organised. In around three hours on this cycle event I saw two marshals and no feeding stations were evident. Indeed the riders were stopping at Starbucks and other local cafes for refreshments. 3000 cyclist at a small entry fee of £10 is a lot of profit. Some companies charge £30-£40. I am not saying the company who organised this event are ripping people off, but if anybody is thinking of doing a charity bike ride just be wary and use Skyride if possible
So we cut our losses and caught the train back to Manchester city center, which in contrast was absolutely buzzing.
During the Olympics and Paralympics for some reason, the normal restrictions of Sunday trading laws have been suspended, so the shops are open to 1900h. The amount of people taking advantage of these extended shopping hours is testament to the majority attitude to ” Sunday being a day of rest”.
As somebody who has worked Sundays as a normal working day all my life, I feel that any day can be a “rest” day and the law is undemocratic and outdated.
We ate at our favourite Chinese restaurant, The Rice Bowl on Cross St Manchester
This family run place serves consistantly good food and fantastic service.
So although todays road trip was not a huge success, we got out, the sun shone.
Better than sitting in front of the telly!
love from Bolton
3 days to Vendange in Paris!
22 days till Boston trip!