Mailboxes in all the odd places

Inspired by a post at Travel Words, where a number of unusual UK mail boxes were posted there today. I knew I had a few photos of some that were a bit different than the run of the mill red pillar box. Actually, most of these photos are not UK red post boxes but you can see that. The first was one we’d walked by in the small town of Cobh, Ireland, on the Cork harbour. The next is from Roskilde, Denmark and the little green one was outside of a little, dusty antique shop in Dublin. I think it must be Victorian era.

Victorian mailbox in Cobh

Yellow house

Victorian letterbox outside an antique shop in Dublin

And two from my visits to the old set of Coronation Street. When we visited during the 2 years that the tour was open recently, you could get your postcards stamped in the shop with an actual Coronation Street post mark and then mail them in the mailbox on the street and they’d be delivered. Naturally, I mailed a few to myself!
Postbox on the Street
The Word from the street

Stoked for two upcoming trips

Rue St. Paul, Old Montreal

An opportunity came up last week for another quick trip. This time to Montreal in July. The legendary rock band Queen is my all time favourite. After their lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died over 20 years ago, it seemed as if that would be the end of their touring days. But they took on Paul Rogers as vocalist. He was best known as lead singer for the late 60s and early 70s bands Free, and Bad Company. He’s a decent singer, some would argue one of the best rock vocalists. I was less than impressed and I didn’t think the classic Queen music suited him. They did a cd of new and original music, though, and that was much better. He hasn’t stayed with them.

Two years ago, they did some concerts in London using American Idol contestant Adam Lambert who has made a good career for himself. I was skeptical but saw some of the video taken at the gig and ended up being very impressed. This summer, Queen and Adam Lambert are going on a 6 week North American tour with several stops in Canadian cities, including Montreal. I work with someone that’s a major Adam Lambert fan as well as a fan of Queen and we have decided to go. I gave her the ticket money and she snagged us two good seats on the floor pretty near the stage. Another good friend of mine has a ticket and she’s going as well. We may all end up sharing a hotel room, depending on who else ends up going.

Queen is a bucket list band for me and I’m hugely stoked for this one!! And, you know, a couple of days in Montreal thrown in only adds sugar and spice to the mix. Montreal is a fantastic city with lots of personality and style. An unexpected quick trip! Gotta love those!

Coronation Street studio tour tickets!

Coronation Street studio tour tickets!

You all know I’m heading to the U.K. and Paris in less than a month. Yep, stoked for that. We’ve already got tickets to see The Mousetrap and a Vikings exhibit in London and have our must-see-do items for Paris and day trips from there. You may also know that I’m a Coronation Street fan. Corrie is a British serial drama or soap that’s been running since 1960. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the set four times to date and there’s one more visit in the offing.

Coronation Street is now filmed at a new studio at Media City in Salford, near to Manchester and the old set is just sitting there, waiting for someone to redevelop it. Before that happens, though, it’s being opened as a guided tour between April and early October this year. Today, tickets went on sale so I snapped up a couple. Why? Yes, I know I’ve been there already but a fan never passes by an opportunity! This is a guided tour, with backstage access including some of the areas the public doesn’t get to including the green room and the dressing room area. Not all of the sets are there, of course, but some of the interiors of the houses will be. I don’t think they’ll have the sets or reproductions of the sets for the pub or other businesses. They will also let you outside on the famed cobbled street for photos as well. This will be the last shot before they close it for good.

I have our tickets and I’m stoked!

Fab Photo Friday – Manchester city centre

In honour of the upcoming journey to Manchester next week, I give you a few photos from the city centre.

This is the square next to the “Triangle” shops (on the right). The building used to be the old corn market. The wheel and sculpture are fairly new and there’s a ground level sculpture/fountain that you can’t see. the new buildings behind the wheel are Selfidge’s and Marks and Spencer, a new flagship store built after the IRA bomb damaged the old one in 1996. Between the damage in this area caused from that (though not one person was killed) and the millenium, the city centre of Manchester has been given quite a facelift.

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Manchester’s city centre, the Triangle shops on the right, the Wheel and Exchange square

These were in a window in a shop in the Triangle, taken from the car as we drove by!

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On the main street, Deansgate, there’s a pub called Moon Under Water. It’s one of the Wetherspoon’s franchise. They often take old buildings, renovate them and open pubs. This one used to be a movie cinema. It’s a very large pub with an upstairs and large back are past the open area where you come in. Upstairs outside the toilets you will find this lovely stained glass window. There are also framed photos of famous Mancunians including the final photo here of famed fictional characters from the longest currently running television show in the world, Coronation Street and it’s where I’m going to be this time next week!

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Stained glass in Moon Under Water, Deansgate

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From Coronation Street, on the air since Dec. 9, 1060. Two of the original characters and arguably two of the most famous. Played by Violet Carson OBE (Ena Sharples) and the late Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner)