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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 …

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 …