My first weekend in Manchester thankfully dismissed my doubts that I am living in a ghost town. It takes some time to realize that unlike India, the shopping area and office buildings are far away from the residential area. In the last one week, I have hardly seen any people near my home. Even the cars seem to be moving on their own. πŸ™‚ But, when I visited Piccadilly and Trafford Centre in the weekend, I could hardly walk without bumping into other people. Here are a few noteworthy pictures of theΒ endeavor. Some of them are outright stupid(for e.g. the first one), but I am sure you will enjoy them. πŸ™‚

This one is a random picture which I clicked while roaming on the streets of Manchester. The place is full of such beautiful houses.

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Well, yes, Rusholme street is full of Indian restaurants and sweet shops. Indian food is quite a hit here and you can find some good and authentic restaurants here.

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The BBC office on the way to Piccadilly.

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The Tram cum Metro service of Manchester. The Metro runs on elevated tracks through the city and slides down on the road in Piccadilly and turns into a Tram service. Remember all those songs in Hindi movies where the actors are dancing in front of such trains? Well, I too felt dancing like Govinda when I saw this one. πŸ™‚

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The Central park area of Piccadilly is full of such beautiful statues. Look at the folds of the dress.

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Β The Manchester Eye is build as a replica of the London eye, but a smaller one.

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The Manchester Eye during the night. Doesn’t it look like a giant UFO rising behind the buildings?

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A Church in Piccadilly. It looked like a ghost church during the night. We sat in front of it while the Church bells rang. It was mesmerising.

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A structure in front of the church. Notice the greens here and there.

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The Trafford Centre in Manchester. This is one of the biggest Mall I have seen, and the most eloquent. Just to give you an idea, it comprised of a multiplex with 25 screens.

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Beautiful statues at the Trafford Centre.

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The wishing pool. All the black dots inside the water are coins.

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The grand structures outside the Multiplex Odean. Couldn’t stop myself from clicking a few more. πŸ™‚

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Here is another one, while I waited for my friend to collect the tickets of “The Curious case of Benjamin Button”. The movie was a masterpiece, by the way.

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Another one. The top view.

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Tea, anyone?

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The massive foodcourt at Trafford center. A mindboggling variety of fooditems at your disposal and a beautiful ceiling.

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Another picture of the architecture.

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And, that’s me again with Martin Chuzzlewit,Β sitting on the stairs of my house and waiting for the washroom to be freed of any human activities. Another one of those stupid pictures! πŸ˜›

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That’s all gents and ladies. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Hopefully I will be roaming around this weekend also and will update you with more pics of my adventures.

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

46 Comments

  1. Anwesha February 18, 2009 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Hi .. This is one of ur die-hard fan …Who awaits ur blogs like a typical bollywood movie freak will wait fr a big budget multi starrer Yash Chopra movie .. πŸ™‚
    Good to to see u in pics with Manchester background ..
    Waiting for ur “Coming Soon” blog releases !!

  2. amreekandesi February 18, 2009 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Very nice pictures Amit!

    The wishing pool picture reminded me of countless water bodies i have seen in the US full of coins. Its like a national obsession here. People see a fountain, lake, anything with water, and start throwing coins! Makes it hard to believe that there is an economic crisis going on πŸ˜‰

  3. SAM February 18, 2009 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Wah bhaiya aap to Yash Shopra ban gaye:-)..
    agar Hindi filmon ka fan hota to aapse role mang leta agli productions mein.
    I am glad you are having a good time there and I know u and me are the people who can have fun abroad ..
    baaki janta to bas roti rehti hai..
    Looking forward to more pictures from you..

  4. Maddie February 18, 2009 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Good pictures, which camera do you have? πŸ˜€

  5. Ajit February 18, 2009 at 11:46 am - Reply

    some great photos buddy!!! πŸ™‚
    good to hear that you are having a good time…. πŸ™‚

  6. Chirag February 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Greats Snaps Man. The Trafford Centre looks really Classy in terms of architecture. OMG, 25 Multiplexes screens.

  7. Poonam Sharma February 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    This was wonderful. You have indpired me to do a photo feature of my own. I guess I will have to my lazy ass around the city get some ‘Soofi’ and ‘cultural’ pics πŸ˜›

  8. sulz February 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    thanks for the tour! it looks like they have tgi friday’s at manchester! i love friday’s. πŸ˜€ anyway, i hope you’d do more posts like this.

  9. vishesh unni raghunathan February 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    πŸ™‚

  10. Arpit February 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    lovely snaps πŸ˜›
    having a blast in manchester πŸ˜›
    and what wish did you make??? πŸ˜†

  11. Reema February 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    awesome place!! enjoy!!

  12. vimal February 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Nice pics man! both the church pics are my fav; especially the first one…eeeerieee, isnt it?

  13. Dev February 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Manchester looks beautiful. Iam glad that you are having some fun there too.

  14. Vijaya Bharat February 19, 2009 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Nice. Nothing to comment. I too have toomany similar kind of pictures in all the places whereever i went.

    Only thing I want to say is dont take rest from roaming in the city. If you take one week break, you will get used to it πŸ™‚

  15. Solilo February 19, 2009 at 3:18 am - Reply

    That was an interesting photo feature, Amit. So finally settled and enjoying the place.

  16. Amyth February 19, 2009 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Terrific stuff – very interesting.. πŸ™‚ … You seem to be having a lot of fun.. I am tempted to use the Green Monsieur emoticon! :mrgeen:

  17. xylene February 19, 2009 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    great photos. That pic of yours doesnt tell that you are tired. ! πŸ™‚
    It says ‘I am not done yet !’

  18. Smita February 19, 2009 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the free Manchaster Darshan πŸ™‚

    Am sure you must have felt at home after u saw those restaurants πŸ˜€

    Happy Roaming πŸ™‚

  19. Dinesh Babu February 20, 2009 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Cool, You seem to have had a lot of fun. The building architecture is looking great, compared to those crappy one size fits all style malls here in the US.
    You saw the metro train and all you can think of was Govinda dancing ??? You need to stop watching bollywood flicks πŸ™‚ he he πŸ™‚

  20. Deeps February 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Woowww the pics are just breath taking Amit. I bet you are having a blast there. Have fun!!

  21. Nita February 21, 2009 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Traveling eh! Nice pix Amit.

  22. arvind February 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Great pics dude πŸ™‚ ]
    looks like u are having awesome time there πŸ˜€

  23. kanagu February 23, 2009 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Great pictures Amit… enjoyyyy πŸ™‚

  24. Nimmy February 24, 2009 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Indeed great snaps..Thanks for sharing..I can’t tell which one is my fav,many a few are too good..Have great time..What temp is it there now??

  25. Amit February 25, 2009 at 1:50 am - Reply

    @Anwesha : Thanks a lot!! πŸ™‚ I had no idea! πŸ™‚

    @AmreekanDesi : Thanks! Yes, If I collect all the coins from the pool, I’ll be a millionare! πŸ™‚

    @sam : Hahahaha!! Yes, I am having a good time, but loads of work too! πŸ™

    @maddie : Thanks! I have a Cannon 550. πŸ™‚

    @Ajit : Thanks!

    @Chirag : Exactly my reaction! πŸ˜€

    @Poonam : Yes, please do it!

    @Sulz : Where did you noticed it? Funny that I have seen these photos so many times and have never seen it! πŸ™‚

    @Vishesh : πŸ™‚

    @Arpit : Blast and lots of work! πŸ™ No wishes for sometime. One of my biggest wish came true just now! πŸ™‚

  26. Amit February 25, 2009 at 1:50 am - Reply

    @Reema : Thanks!

    @Vimal : Yes it was eeriee and when we were sitting there the bells were ringing. It was beautiful.

    @Dev : Yes, I am! πŸ™‚

    @Bharat : Don’t worry, I won’t take any rest! πŸ™‚

    @Solilo, @Amyth : Thanks!

    @Smita : Welcome hai ji! Well, yes, getting Indian food is not a problem here. πŸ™‚

    @Dinesh : Yes, the mall was mindblowing. Loved it for the detailing which went into it. That train reminded me of Govinda songs. What to do? πŸ™‚

    @Deeps : Thanks!

    @Nita : Thanks Nita!

    @Arvind, @Kanagu : Thanks!

    @Nimmy : Thanks! Right now its getting better. Initially when I came it was very very cold but the “great snowy winters” were already over. πŸ™‚

  27. sulz February 25, 2009 at 3:38 am - Reply

    the third last picture, the logo cut off at the top looks like tgi friday’s to me?

  28. Nova February 25, 2009 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Awesome pics!! πŸ™‚ I wanna go to UK now :))

  29. Tazeen February 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    awww i loved seeing these pictures. I am Manchester graduate and haven’t gone back since i graduated in 2005. They did not have the eye back then.

    The only thing I missed seeing in this picture is the photo of Kro2 next to BBC building. It is the coolest hangout in Mancy, you get to meet really cool people there.

  30. Liju Philip February 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    oh…wow…manchester? ahem. Europe, that’s next on my plans provided my finances allow.

  31. Shivya February 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Wow! Those are some awesome pictures! I love the ceiling of that foodcourt. The Manchester eye (or is it the London eye?) reminds me of the Singapore flyer (a wannabe london eye), though I’m sure the former is a lot better. Have you gone on a ride yet?

  32. Withering Willow February 26, 2009 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Wonderful snaps Amit! Seeing the pics, I also feel like going to Manchester! πŸ˜€

  33. Den Relojo February 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Great pics Amit! Thanks for sharing. How I wish I could go to that place too. LOL! πŸ™‚

  34. ish February 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Ooh, love the pictures! Especially the last one, it’s such a nice idea lol. Someone else took it for you, isn’t it?

    So you’re in Manchester now. Do you like soccer? If you do, then you must go watch a Manchester United match and then dodge the security, jump into the ground, rip off Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey and get it back to India for me when you come. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  35. wasshappening February 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Manchester looks amazing through your eyes…It seems like you are having a blast…Enjoy…Happy manchester!!!

  36. Vee February 28, 2009 at 5:07 am - Reply

    Lovely…. clearly shows u r having time of ur life…

  37. Nikhil March 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Brilliant pics, dude! Sorry, I’ve been away for a while… πŸ™‚
    Lovely pics, seems like you’re having awesome fun! Send me a picasa/flickr link πŸ™‚

  38. Amit March 3, 2009 at 2:19 am - Reply

    @Sulz : Hmmm sharp eyes!! πŸ™‚

    @Nova : Thanks!

    @Tazeen : Its a beautiful city to live. I really like it here. And I did not know that the eye was so recent. πŸ™‚

    @Liju : Don’t make excuses. I think she will be more than willing! πŸ™‚

    @Shivya : Thanks! Yes, I was staring at it all the time. Its like you are sitting under the sky!
    Its Manchester Eye and nope, no rides yet! πŸ™

    @Withering Willow : Thanks! You are welcome to stay in my big house! πŸ™‚

    @Den : Thanks! Well, if you really want to, you will go! πŸ™‚

    @Ish : Yes, someone else took it for me. πŸ™‚ Very intelligent! πŸ˜› I don’t like soccer much but yes, I have to go and see a match here. That is in the pipeline! And No!! I am not doing anything like that!!!! I am just not THAT crazy! πŸ˜›

    @Wasshappening : Thanks! Yes, I am!! πŸ™‚

    @Vee : Thanks!

    @Nikhil : Yes, even I have been away for some time. Not getting any time! πŸ™ Yes, I’ll send you the link!

  39. Prax March 4, 2009 at 1:10 am - Reply

    enjoy urself
    Ps hows the weather
    this has been the coldest winter in europe

  40. Final_Transit March 4, 2009 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Happy travels. Nice pics too (you are cute!) πŸ™‚

  41. Amit March 6, 2009 at 3:08 am - Reply

    @Prax : Well, it snowed here yesterday a bit, and its still very cold. Thankfully, by the time I came here, all the heavy snow part was over. πŸ™‚

    @Priyank : Thanks! Yeah, I have been hearing that all my life, the part in the bracket that is! πŸ˜›

  42. Archie March 7, 2009 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Lovely pics… what camera do you use?

  43. Aine Porrill Poulton March 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Hi, Im currently studying GCSE ICT in my school, Levenshulme High School. I would like to use a couple of your pictures from your site for a leaftet I am making on publisher. This is important and I hope this causes no problems for you.
    Thank you.
    Aine Porrill Poulton

  44. Amit March 27, 2009 at 1:51 am - Reply

    @Archie : Thanks! I am using a Cannon A550. Not a very good one! πŸ™‚

    @Aine : No problem. You can use them! πŸ™‚

  45. sayingitall92 March 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    lovely pics… πŸ™‚

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