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Manchester’s Vintage Finds

With a friend at the end of our 19-day Europe journey waiting to be our guide in Manchester, our last stop proved to be a perfect finish. After our train pulled into Piccadilly Station, we rolled our luggages over to Ibis Hotel on Princess Street — a short 10 minute walk under the sun, last seen in Paris. Then, it was time for brunch. The amazing Genia made special reservations for us at Richmond Tea Rooms, a traditional English style tea room with a Tim Burton inspired interior. We had the best seats in the house. The glasshouse. Richmond Tea Rooms Address: Richmond Street, The Village, Manchester. M1 3HZ Tel.: 0161 237 9667 Riding on the same quirky flow, we went on to Northern Quarter — the city’s creative space with tons of cafes, delis and retail stores. But what I loved most was this building, which held a mish-mash of lifestyle goods. (Pretty much like the old Heeren on Orchard Road.) Think vintage typewriters, cameras, old-school arcade game machines, every kind of accessory and a poster shop that …

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5 Things to do in London

If you find yourself with the misfortune of having only one solid day in London, the first thing I’d recommend you to do: Extend your stay, or make a mental note to return soon. Otherwise, these 5 ‘things to do’ should fill your itinerary up well enough, as they did for us on our last day there. 1. Let the British Museum steal your morning away Located next to Bloomsbury Gardens and a good 20 minute walk from our apartment in Russell Square, the British Museum easily holds you captivated for 3 hours or more — thanks to the 95 different rooms spread out on three levels, taking you from ancient mummies to calligraphy, clocks and watches. More interestingly though, might be a visit to the Natural History Museum (yes, the one similar to Night at the Museum with Dinosaurs and cavemen exhibits), which was the initial plan. We just .. went to the wrong one. British Museum Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG Opening Hours: 10am to 5.30pm daily (till 10.30pm on Fridays) Free admission …

Kept Calm & Went to London

After weaving through 7 cities with Italian, French and German words thrown about our heads, London was a breath of fresh air as we bade language barriers goodbye. I loved every bit of this English city; from their quaint picture-perfect streets that hold the iconic  red telephone booths, post boxes and buses, to their beautiful British slang, musical theatre buildings and a personal favourite: the Union Jack. As stereotypical as it may sound, we did feel the constant need to zip away for scones and tea — though we didn’t. And most fortunately for us, the weather was not at all gloomy. It was perfect actually, at 18 degrees celsius, with the one-off drizzle on our first day. But that didn’t meddle with our plans at all since we spent the entire day along Oxford Street getting acquainted with the mega-mall, Primark. Where we stayed: My cousin’s apartment in Bloomsbury which meant saving on accommodation. Score. Nearest tube station: Russell Square which has 3 large and indispensable elevators because no one was going to walk up/down 175 …