Continuing our Afternoon tea research, Redqueen and I met up in Manchester last Saturday. But first I had a mission.
My dear husband made a big mistake. After his solo trip to France he said to me. “you know, I have noticed, French women in Paris and the South of France, kind of waft, a nice smell as they walk past” !!! waft? waft?… this is the man who claims to be allergic to perfume, therefore I have spent my life minimising my perfumes so as not to upset him!!! sheee!!!
If a man reads this….never , ever, say this to a woman!
My perfume is DKNY, so I resolved to “WAFT” by “layering DKNY in the form of shower gel, body lotion, and any other kind of DKNY product I could find, instead of the usual modest spray of Eu de Toilette that I usually use. I will give him a “waft”! huh!
My other mission, which has been ongoing, was to try to find a trendy bag to go with my new coat and capsule wardrobe, having returned the very expensive dark red one I bought in London from TKMAX.
As I walked through Manchester from Victoria station, it struck me what a nice city, Manchester is and if you delve into the history of the industrial revolution, cotton trade, trade unions, religion and the abolition of the slave trade it is also a very interesting city.
The Manchester skyline as I arrive by train.
Exit from Victoria station
Historic Cheethams music college.
The National football museum, (where else but Manchester!) in the Ibis building. At the side you can see the Printworks. A former newspaper building that has been cleverly turned into a leisure complex.
Random view up king street.
What a lot of people don’t know is that we had our own devastating bomb attack, long before 9/11 and 7/7 On a sunny Saturday morning of the 15th June 1996 a massive IRA bomb, in a white van exploded outside Marks and Spencer in Manchester city canter. Designed to cause the maximum havoc. This was the result.
It the true British spirit of ” keep calm and carry on ” I went to the city the day after to complete my shopping trip I’d had to abort the day before. Walking around and seeing the devastation I felt such white hot anger at the perpetrators, whatever their political beliefs were, nothing justified to attempt to kill innocent people. Also I had such a sense of relief that nobody was killed as the police had managed to evacuate the city centre in time. But a lot of people suddenly found themselves without jobs and livelihoods as shops and businesses had been destroyed.
My friend, a single mum, worked in her fathers newspaper kiosk, just opposite the site of the bomb and she suddenly lost her job that day, her father lost his income and they struggles for months, in addition they lost their home as they lived in one of the flats above the Arndale shopping centre.
Since then the city has been regenerated, I think the mood was, we’ll show THEM. ….. and is now a thriving metropolis and tourist destination. I went into the massive Arndale (shopping centre) in the search for DKNY shower gel and it was thriving. Recession, what recession?
Here is a previous post I did about Manchester
With my phone battery running out, I went to Kendals, a big department store, to try to spend a gift voucher I had been give two Christmases ago, before it expired in December. I found this great bag, reduced by 40%. Perfect for my capsule wardrobe!.. love it!
This post has gone on far too long, and I have digressed. So I will continue another day with our tea at the Richmond tea rooms.
BTW….despite shower gel, body lotion and perfume to the point when it gave ME a headache. Michael could still not smell a “waft“, that evening!
I have come to the conclusion that he has become immune to DKNY
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