Just out of curiosity, I stopped in Manchester for a bit on the way home from Liverpool. Just like Liverpool and Bristol, I'd heard it was industrial and ugly...Well, it is, mostly. There were some beautiful older parts, but Manchester is very urban-sprawl. It reminded me of a European version of Philadelphia--some pretty sights, but I wouldn't want to live there. Friedrich Engels called it "Hell on Earth" in the Industrial Age. Today, it's not Hell, but it's definitely not Heaven, either.
Such an odd mix of old and new architecture...
Manchester's version of the London Eye
More Armistice Day poppies
Gaudy decorations, but it's a nice building
An artistic black and white shot makes the garbage floating in the river less noticeable
Manchester's library--isn't it gorgeous?