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The Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel.
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One of Manchester's emblems-etched into
its street furniture and designed on the mosaic floors of the
Manchester Town Hall-is the bumblebee. It symbolizes the city
and its people as a hive of activity during its industrial growth in the
19th century-a prosperous time for Manchester's booming cotton
and engineering trades.
The echo of Manchester's thriving past is present in its most
impressive structures: The Royal Exchange, where businessmen
and merchants talked shop and traded goods; the Manchester
Cathedral, a centuries-old structure now hosting live performances
from big-name artists; and the Manchester Town Hall, a Gothic,
towering building, and the city's greatest monument.
While visiting Manchester on an individual FAM this past July,
I encountered a city that had shed its industrial skin and is now
boasting an impressive cultural side, which I experienced firsthand thanks to the perfect planning of my hosts, the Marketing
Manchester press office, making sure I arrived in time for the
Manchester International Festival.
The festival is a biennial 2-week event featuring cutting-edge
performances in dance, contemporary ballet, theatrical plays,
music and visual art exhibits. Attending a few festival performances
was only half the fun while touring this lively city. Here's a tailoreddown list of some of my most memorable moments in this city:
n The Whitworth Art Gallery: This stunning building was
first erected in 1889, but recently remodeled into an art gallery
showcasing 55,000 pieces of contemporary and modern art,
watercolors, historic textiles, engravings and photography. I walked
to The Whitworth, about a 20-minute stroll from the hotel; a taxi
can do the job in about five minutes.
n Manchester Central Library: Another structure that
underwent an extensive refurbishment is the Manchester Central
Library, a grand and public building that first opened in 1934.
Reopened in 2014, the Library is worth a tour-especially of the
Wolfson Reading Room where anything
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n Afternoon Tea: Across from the
Manchester Cathedral is a quaint
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teahouse, Proper Tea. The tea menu includes delicate loose-leaf
floral varieties, black teas and standard English blends, and there
are also homemade cakes, pastries and hand-sized scones.
n The IWM North: Even from a distance, the IWM North is
striking-the building's aluminum design pairs well with its tense
angles and sharp, towering architecture. The museum tells the
story of war through the people affected by it and how war
continues to shape our lives even today.
n John Rylands Library: Opened in 1900 and designed in
Victorian Gothic architecture, this library features a historical
reading room that left me in awe with its stained glass windows,
arches, and collections going back hundreds of years.
n Manchester Museum: When I was told a visit to Manchester
is not complete without meeting Stan, the T-Rex, my next
question was, "Where do I find him?" The answer is at the
Manchester Museum, featuring galleries on ancient Egypt,
medicinal findings throughout the centuries, zoology, geology and
archaeology. Stan, the T-Rex skeleton (really, a cast) towers above
the spectators; the original bones were excavated in 1992.
getting there/staying there
Thomas Cook Airlines offers a direct flight from Miami to
Manchester Airport. Additional direct routes include New York,
Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston and Orlando.
Recommend the 263-room Radisson Blu Edwardian
Manchester Hotel, located walking distance from a dozen of
Manchester's must-visits. The five-star property is situated in the
historic Free Trade Hall, which for 150 years served as a public
space for Manchester's residents to attend political speeches,
theater performances and other public events. The hotel features
the Sienna Spa, and the Opus One bar and restaurant, serving
excellent afternoon tea. ●
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel: radissonblu-edwardian.com
Thomas Cook Airlines: thomascookairlines.com
Visit Manchester: visitmanchester.com or visitmanchester.com/travel-trade
tour operator intel
According to Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, v.p. of product development
at Collette, "There is so much to do and see in Great Britain!
As the tag line for the [VisitBritain] campaign indicates, Britain
really is GREAT with a gorgeous countryside, music, sport,
heritage, culture, nature and people!
"While these things can certainly be found in London, they
can also be found outside London-in greater abundance
and diversity. From Cornwall to Yorkshire to Liverpool, the
diversity of England's heritage and culture offers endless travel
adventures to travelers."
Collette's 11- to 13-day England's Treasures itinerary visits
Cornwall, the Cotswolds, and the Lake District, and clients
who want to spend some time in Manchester can opt for pretour time in the city. Rates start at $2,649 pp dbl land-only.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend November 2015
Hotel Desk: Hilton
Tour Talk: What’s New
Cuba for Everyone
Cruising Asia’s Waterways
Why Vietnam Now!
Canada: Road Tripping Through Ontario
Cool Patagonia is a Hot Ticket
The Art of Cooking
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