Easter has always been a regular holiday for me . It meant nothing more than a sigh of relief amidst long hours of school and college. But, this year it was different. A fortnight before Easter, markets were put up. Markets which were buzzing of people, all of whom were either window shopping or buying gifts for their loved ones. a special range of chocolates were launched especially for Easter. Ranging from Easter bunnies (which somehow I could not eat; given my love for cute bunnies), and easter eggs to chocolate buttons and chocolate egg mousse; all of which were available in various shapes and sizes and in different types of chocolates. I did however get some chocolate bunny faces for my families (with sincere apologies to all the bunnies of this world).
This festive season ushers in a four days long holiday including bank holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Most churches hold special mass on Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. But I went for lunch with my family to Rusholme (which has been covered before ). to be honest, we went to Deansgate, but finding all restaurants closed, we switched plans . Many restaurants work on any evening shift here, that is, from 4 O’ Clock onwards. at times, restaurants shift their regular timings due to festivals. Thus, it would be wise to have a look at their websites before going on special occasions. But, my trip to Deansgate did not go waste. I managed to catch some nice frames .
Thereafter a good Indian lunch at Rusholme followed. The evening ended in Piccadilly Gardens , where the beautiful weekend markets were set up. These markets have a variety of delicious foods, cupcakes, breads and the lot. The tempo of the atmosphere increased when some street performers started entertaining the people around. The beats of their drums enthralled the young and the old. Here is a video that I recorded of them.
A little further on near Market Street another amazing and enticing performance greeted me. This video says it all.
A real quick plan at 10 O’clock Saturday night was arranged with a friend for Sunday morning. On Sunday morning, Manchester looked like a Ghost Town. Very few buses plied and there were even fewer people on the road. Nevertheless, we went to the Lowry Outlet near MediaCity UK. The Lowry Outlet had lots of great food stalls spread across the entire mall. The Chocomania was arranged especially for children , who had to embark upon a trail throughout the mall and collect the Golden Ticket to enter the Chocolate World (Much like Willy Wonka isn’t it? 😛 ).
Here, I would like to make a special mention to Chula’s Cup Cakes. Not only were the cup cakes amazing but the Macaroons stole my heart. With up to 20 flavours of Cupcakes and more than 7 flavours of Macaroons anyone would be spoiled for choice.
Here is a glimpse of some of the other stalls in The Lowry.
The day ended happily amidst periodical spells of rain and sunlight. Though Easter ends, the festive season would not, at least not for me. In coming days I would be visiting one of the most beautiful cities of the world and the excitement of visiting the city (Guess which city) is nothing less than a festival in itself.
Happy Easter to all my readers 🙂 . Hope you had a great Weekend!!