|The Beetham Tower, the tallest building in Manchester.|
Manchester was a pleasant surprise. We knew it had once been a center of industry, which had seen better days. While there was a grittiness to parts that we drove through, a lot of the area is being spruced up, renovated and brought back to life.
|Walking under a bridge, you can see the old red brick bridge next to the newer metal supports for the railroad.|
|These two boxers were very friendly. This picture is for JP!|
|Lunch was Super Nachos, which were amazingly tasty. They even had Chalula to put on them.|
We walked followed a sign for a Roman fort. There wasn't much there, but a bit farther was a market under a bridge. We grabbed some lunch, then walked along the canal. A barge was using the lock, so we watched. Then there was another one and another one. The area which was once warehouses is now apartments and businesses.
|Family working the locks so their barge could move upstream.|
|These folks were waiting their turn at the lock.|
|The foot bridge over the canal.|
|The bridge is supported only on one side.|
Looking at the engineering of the many bridges was inspiring. There was a combination of old red brick and modern steel. The footbridge was a bit unnerving; it bounced when walked on! The entire area was teeming with people enjoying the beautiful weather. Everyone seemed surprised that it wasn't raining.
|The canal was full of barges, some going, some staying.|
|I really liked the look of this bridge., an older one made from both red brick and painted steel.|
|A heron at the edge of the canal. There were also several ducks and geese.|