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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 28 January 2013

Trafford Centre

Across the road from the hotel where I stay in Manchester is the biggest shopping centre in the UK. It opened  in September 1998 and is called The Trafford Centre. It cost over £600 million to build and contains all the usual shops you would expect to find. What I find different is its opulence. £40,000 worth of gold leaf was used to decorate its columns and statues.











When you step inside the entrance hall it is more like a 5 star hotel than a shopping mall.






Beyond the marble staircase there is a gigantic dining area themed as an ocean liner with swimming pool and a stage.





























Surrounding this area are many restaurants and eating establishments as well as a cinema.


Beyond that area are the shops. After spending the day with Mum this is usually where I end up either to eat or meet up with friends from my schooldays.This is my world Tuesday



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31 comments:

  1. It's so beautiful! The outside statues remind me of some I saw in Rome. You Europeans sure know how to fancy things up. It's really beautiful inside, too. Thanks for bringing me along. :-)

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  2. That is an awesome mall!! Terrific captures for the day! I would enjoy spending time there, but of course, I'd just get in trouble -- I'd have to check my purse at the front door!! Enjoy your week!!

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  3. Beautiful shots of shopping complex.

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  4. Wow, what a fancy place! I'd have fun just walking around taking in the sights.

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  5. Wow is all I can say. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. A unicorn and gold leaf! What a shopping center!

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  7. It looks very, VERY fancy! Gold leaf does seem a tad over the top. :)

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  8. Wow what a place..Thanks for the tour

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  9. What a beautiful mall, the statues are lovely! Thanks for sharing, have a lovely week!

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  10. That DEFINITELY doesn't look like a mall! Gorgeous place! I hope the luxurious settings aren't an indication of luxurious prices though... :p

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  11. You'd never have to go on a cruise - just to the mall!

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  12. How very impressive a sight. Must feel a bit surreal though stepping out again. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

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  13. wow, who have time to go in shops when there is so much to look at. And point your camera at. :)

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  14. What an amazing place and seems alone like a reason to visit Manchester . Of course the whole world knows the name of Trafford from Old Trafford. Perhaps I should qualify that to the whole cricket world.

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  15. Wow! What a place ~ Wonderful photography ~ brings one right there ~

    (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. I hate to shop but that mall looks so interesting I might enjoy going there. I definitely enjoyed your shots.

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  17. Gold leaf for a shopping mall? What a wonderful world we live in. Must cost a pretty penny to shop there, but I'd love to go! Thanks for sharing a part of your world with us. :)

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  18. Thank you for the lovely virtual visit!

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  19. £40,000 worth of gold leaf was used to decorate its columns and statues. It is beautiful. It is unique! But I would feel unhappy in such a place, when I see those poor, homeless people in the world, who depend on charity.
    You have shown a magnificent world, almost unreal. Please forgive me that I wished that world to be more sober and without so much gold.I am with EG CameraGirl: it is a tad over the top.
    But thank you for showing us these beautiful photos. Thank you for your comment on Queen Beatrix's abdication. I hope that the coronation of King W-A will be a sober affair in this time of economizing. Have a great day!

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  20. Wow! What a grand place! Truly a visual delight!

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  21. wow!!
    the outside is almost like a cathedral
    and inside is a city
    amazing

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  22. You've well captured the opulence of the marble statuary &c and neatly ignored the altogther soulless shopping units - thousands of a shopaholics love the place though so commercially it is a success story - me I avoid it like the plague although I've been there maybe half a dozen times since it opened.

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  23. Those are some very beautiful statues. I enjoyed your photos!

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  24. Wow! What an amazing place to visit. I've just been reading some of your other posts that I had missed and I especially like the snowy walk!

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  25. Unbelievable... Don't think I've ever seen a shopping mall quite this fancy... It does look like a fancy hotel for sure... Wow!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  26. Wow ! that's unbelievable looks like out of "Thousand and one night" stories ! Never seen such a "old" new shopping center ! I am not a big fan of boutiques and stores, but this is really worthwhile to walk around ! No wonder that it was so expensive. Harrod's looks like a little shed besides this !

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  27. What a place! All that opulence. Harrods pales.

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  28. Unbelievable, what a luxury in that place. I looks almost like a cruise ship.

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  29. It doesn't look like a shopping centre at all. I like the way you give importance with details of the statues.

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