And so on Saturday morning my sister and I boarded a train and travelled across the Pennines to Manchester. We checked into our very swish boutique hotel, and then hit the town for a spot of sight seeing, shopping and lunch.
You cannot beat a decent northern Town Hall for architectural Splendour. They rival any Cathedral in England or France.
They were built when northern towns and cities were showing off there prosperity.
Although it was a grey day, we were thankful that there was no rain!
We decided to wander through Harvey Nics, where we stroked Jimmy Choo and Laboutin shoes, but had more real interest in the cafe!
The tasting boxes were indeed incredibly tasty
And I think a bottle of Prosecco on a Saturday afternoon might become "a thing"!!
Cheers!! I must be tiddly to post a photo of myself!
All too soon it was time to dash back to the hotel via the very Disneyesque Printworks
Where the bunting is hung in profusion.
After a quick freshen up and into our glad rags, we hot footed it to Manchester Arena
Where with several hundred other "Fanilows" we sung and danced and cried our eyes out with the lovely lovely man himself..
(Barry Manilow Michela - you may have to ask your Mum!) We had great seats, but we were up and dancing with every one else. He was just magic.
You know that when I was 15, I used to listen to Radio Luxembourg under my pillow at night - just to hear "Mandy". I also used to buy all his LP's as soon as they came out and rush home to play them over and over again until I had learned all the words. I knew every word of every song he sang and I sang my heart out. Thank you Barry for making me feel like a fifteen year old girl again. And he said that he would be back, so it may not have been our last time together after all.
And then on the way back to our hotel, who should we bump into but the Queen of England!
A totally and utterly brilliant night all together - and I reckon I shall be annoying everyone this week by singing my Manilow repertoire! And Lydia - who are "Take That"?