Let the holiday begin!
What a gloriously sunny day Manchester turned on for us! We all slept well, and breakfasted well, and were keen to start the fun part of the holiday.
We spent the morning doing some essential shopping (sim cards) and less essential shopping (had to restrain ourselves at Primark). We visited the John Rylands Library - a beautiful building, which Neville particularly enjoyed. Pat got roped into taking a photo of some young German girls. He obviously didn't do a very good job though because we saw them posing in the same location with another hapless tourist attempting to capture the moment for them.
After lunch we went to the Museum of Science and Industry, along with 1000 of our closest friends under the age of ten. It was interesting and informative, but the temperature and constant bustle of little people was a bit tiring.
We caught a train to Leeds, and the Travelodge staff helped us by telling us who was staying where, and what we were supposed to do that night. A friendly Leedsonian helped us by giving us directions to the nearest bottle shop when he saw us looking lost in the street, and then we finally made it to the Aussie night BBQ. So good to see to bride- and groom-to-be, and to meet their family and friends. Let's just say the Lancashire genes are very strong! We were treated to a very entertaining (and illegal in Australia) fireworks display, before some of us decided to go to bed, and some of us decided to sample the Leeds nightlife. All in all, a fantastic first day of proper holidaying.