My England Trip and Haul!!
Cheshire also known, archaically, as the County of Chester is a ceremonial county in North West England. Cheshire’s county town is the city of Chester, although its largest town is Warrington. Other major towns include Widnes, Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Winsford, Northwich, and Wilmslow. The county is bordered by Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south, and Flintshire and Wrexham in Wales to the west.
The Golden Triangle is an area of affluent, leafy towns and villages in Cheshire such as Knutsford and Mottram, St. Andrew. The three points of the triangle are Alderley Edge, Prestbury and Wilmslow. The area is noted for its expensive houses, pleasant countryside, celebrities and entrepreneurs.
This is where I had been to, Knutsford is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority area of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, in North West England. It is located about 16 miles (26 km) south-west of Manchester, 25 miles (40 km) east of Liverpool and 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Macclesfield. (Info from wikipedia).
Starting from the scratch, I would like to mention that we flew Emirates via Dubai and reached Manchester in about a total of 10 hours. Of course, there is duty-free shopping in Dubai, which you can indulge in. I did not have much time considering the sleeplessness and a little baby to attend to.
My first response when I reached England was, can a place be so silent and organised? I barely saw people around, just a few cars whizzing past outside a mostly calm Manchester airport unlike the Chennai International Airport. We took a cab to Knutsford, which would cost around 50 pounds if you try a Mercedes. Now, Knutsford is termed the most expensive city (almost a village they call it ) in north of England to buy a place in. Thankfully, the bed and breakfast would not cost you much. We stayed in a service apartment which was on the higher side (close to 600 pounds a week, yeah Knutsford is an expensive city and the apartment was too big for the three of us). It was a calm and cosy one with a fully-equipped kitchen.
Considering the soundproofing and warming, I could not stand the quiet for two days initially, but then started loving it. You can get a bed and breakfast with a full English breakfast at 6 pounds (only breakfast). Knutsford is also the city of the man behind Rolls-Royce.
Places we visited were Chester which was 40 minutes by train, which was nice comfortable though not a luxurious ride. They have a free bus service every one hour if I am not wrong, to the city and back to the station. Now, Chester is full of those pretty Tudor style cottages in black and white, which are to die for. Lots of shopping to do, mainly check out Superdrug, Tesco, Boots, and Debenhams if you want woolens.
You can also go for a boat ride, visit the cathedrals where the kings dined, see the zoo in around 30 pounds each and of course, don’t forget to eat the fish and chips.
Next weekend, we went to the Manchester city and then the train dropped us to Piccadilly. From there, you have free bus services from the station to and fro every 6 minutes to all hot spots in the city. In Manchester, you can visit the MOSI (museum) and the war museum.
You can take the tram for fun, check out the restaurants there. We tried some lasagne. Don’t forget to indulge in some wine and get back some single malt whisky too. For shopping, you can visit the Arndale Center, which is a mall and close to that is Superdrug and Boots. The important thing to remember here is that most shops, especially Superdrug would close at 5:30 or so, make it before that.
About Knutsford, there is Boots here for beauty, also King Street for fine dining, and parks like the Moor, and don’t miss out on the huge Tatton Park. Of course, the local pubs, White Bear being our favourite, which was may be much more than a 100 years old!! Get some drink and they will make you feel at home, trust me!
You can also go to Birmingham, which is not too far away and London is 300 miles or so from Knutsford, so it would take you around 3-and-half hours one way, book a bed and breakfast beforehand in London.
This is mainly Superdrug and Boots, maybe a little Sainsbury and Booths too. :yawn: Its untidy and a mess, no questions please!
Things to remember for shopping:
Loreal, Maybelline, Bourjois, and the like would cost you more than in India, so focus on their own brands. Shops close around 5:30, so make it before that.
What I Loved About The Visit:
The country is even more beautiful than I would have seen in my books. The Britons are an extremely helpful, courteous and loving lot. I have never ever met such helpful and warm people in my life, maybe after Chennaites, I must say. Travelling with a nine-month-old baby was fun entirely because of the helpful locals of Knutsford. I owe them for making this trip worth it! Now, what remains are some snaps and the warm memories of England, the hangover is still there. Their courtesy is addictive.
If you ever plan an international trip, England should top the list for the fantastic people, locales and places.
This is entirely about the places we could make to in such a short time. There is lots and lots more to do there. Chose a calm location to unwind and it will be worth it! Go equipped with an umbrella and overcoat, like the locals say, four seasons in a day, cheers!
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