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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Grub's Up!

Gail and I have spent in interesting, but slightly disappointing weekend in Leeds. Our original reason for going was to attend a one day photography course with a couple of friends. But the photographer pulled out at the last minute & we couldn't get a refund on our hotel room, so we decided to go anyway. We left late on Saturday, so didn't really see that much of the city. But we did a fair bit today. Firstly we went to the Royal Armouries; a museum dedicated to weapons, fighting and war since man first got angry with each other. We watched a demonstration on how a knight puts on his armour with the help of his squire. It was quite informative and we were told that armour design changed through the years. We had a good look round at all the exhibits. I'm not that interested in war and weaponry, so was a little fed up after a while. But my mood brightened when we got outside, as there was a small exhibition of classic cars, including two from the 1920s. We'd previously passed these on the road from the hotel and Gail managed to snap them while we were stuck at some traffic lights. There were a number of Minis, some sports cars and an original Fiat 500, which belonged to TV chef James Martin on display. James himself is a big car buff and has taken part in various rallies. They were parked outside his restaurant called 'The Leeds Kitchen'. Incidentally we were told that he was inside serving and entertaining the customers. So we had to have a gawp through the windows. And sure enough there he was. So I took some shots 'pap' style. Although he did pose for photos later. We then went for a stroll around the city centre, which has some very decorative Victorian buildings. I didn't take that many photos, as it had started to rain and thought it best to start the journey back home.