Well my little chat with the travel gods yesterday paid off in spades today. The water last night was smooth as silk although we were about a half hour late dropping the gangway in Liverpool. And much to some of my friends chagrin, we were not spending the day here in "Beatle Heaven", but opted to travel further afield to fulfill a 28 year obsession...with Coronation Street. Not certain how difficult our trip to Manchester was going to turn out to be, we were in the first group off and got directions for the 15 minute walk to the Lime Street train station. We got return tickets for 12£ each and headed out. The other end of our ride turned out to be almost as easy. We learned, upon arrival in Manchester, that they have free, yes free, bus service within the city centre. We hopped on and found our way to the Salford area and the old home of Granada Studios and of Coronation Street. We received our "back stage passes" and proceeded on an hour long tour of the studio itself. Then we were unleashed out on the cobbles to explore and enjoy. Does it get any better than that?? I pulled a pint in the Rovers Return, I stood in the doorway of The Kabin. I knocked on the door of #9 (the old home of Jack and Vera Duckworth). I saw the kebab shop, Elliott's Butcher Shop, and of course, Roy's Rolls. A dream of a lifetime. It would only have been better had some of the stars of the show been present. Sadly, there were none there. Our trip back to ship was basically a reversal of our trip there. All in all, the day was easy peasy lemon squeezy!
I've learned something since arriving back on the ship an hour or so ago
I opted for some pizza from the pool side pizzeria, and being that we had such a busy day with no lunch or afternoon snack, I told the pizza chef "one slice of each", thinking there were two types of pizza on offer tonight. To my surprise, there were three! Who am I to turn away an extra slice of freshly made pizza? I went into the buffet area to meet Kier and find a table. I consumed 2.5 of my three slices...the third slice had way too many chunks of garlic on it for my liking so I left it. It was then time for desert, so up I went to the buffet. I found some nice fresh fruit chunks and loaded my plate up. Pineapple, watermelon and cantaloupe, and a wee small cup of red jello. I was quite proud of myself and my healthy choices
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom