Even though we are living relatively close, we haven’t been to the Manchester Jewish Museum until last weekend. I thought it will be a fast visit, but in fact we’ve spent there three hours as we’ve went on two guided tours.
Manchester Jewish Museum, the only Jewish Museum outside London, is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. The synagogue was completed in 1874 and it’s the oldest synagogue in Manchester that still survives. Before being transformed into a museum, the building had some issues and needed a bit of renovations.
The synagogue is built in an Moorish style. The stained glass windows are so interesting and very different from the ones I saw in churches of Christian denominations.
The first tour we went to was called Jewish Manchester in 1912: Sweat Shops, Charity and the Titanic. In the tour, the guide talked about the lifestyle of the Jewish people living in Manchester in 1900s. She also talked about Sephardi Jews (from Spain) and Ashkenazi Jews (East-Europeans).
Blists Hill Victorian Town is a lovely tourist attraction in Telford. I planned to visit it this year and we went this Saturday for the day. This will be a very long post with pictures and lots of details. I loved visiting the museum. I had to make a few collages as I picked too many pictures for the post, even so, there are 30 pics.
Blists Hill is a small industrial town set in 1900. At that time, the Ironbridge Gorge was still known as an
industrial area, but less important as before. On the site of the museum it was an industrial landscape, but not a town. In the 1960s, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust created a small industrial town, as the ones that were found on the East Shropshire Coalfield. Some monuments are original to the site, like the Blast Furnaces and other were relocated brick by brick from the local area. Some buildings were built using traditional building materials. Blists Hill Victorian Town opened in 1973.
One of the first buildings in Blists Hill is the bank. There you can change your modern money for Victorian coins (not real) to spend in the shops in the Town. The rest can be exchanged back before you leave. The lady explained the coins to us, but there were so many it was impossible to grasp their value. Luckily all the shops have dual prices, in shillings and the modern equivalent.
I was excited to be contacted by UKLingerie. Started in December 2015, UK Lingerie* is a family run business. The owners, Dawn and Jonathan, decided to offer a good online Lingerie reseller who sold quality products to women of all shapes and sizes, as they mention on the website. Besides the UKLingerie website, that is the newest, they also have UKTights and UKSwimwear.
While browsing on their website, I thought is really hard to pick what I want to try, as they all look lovely. Besides lingerie, they also offer shapewear, loungewear, nightwear and bodywear. I picked up two items. When they arrived I was very happy with both of them, the items are just as gorgeous as they look in the pictures. The parcel arrived very fast, much to my delight. The quality of the robe and the pyjama is great.
The first item I picked is this La Marquise Love Charm Robe. Snuggled up in a fluffy robe with lemon tea, that is the perfect recipe for Hygge. I imagine I will use the robe a lot this winter.
This month I managed to read a lot of books again, 8, all non-fiction, that brings the total to 46! I think the next month will be pretty similar as I already borrowed&bought a few books that I’m keen on reading.
Before moving to UK, terrorism wasn’t a part of my life. I remember vividly the news about the 9/11 attack, I remember telling my mother horrified that the second tower collapsed. I remember how I was feeling at that time, the memory had too much of an emotional impact not to remember every detail. I also remember other events that happened in UK, for example, with the same accuracy. While all these events were memorable, it wasn’t like any of them would have a direct connection to me.
So, why does terrorism matter now? Maybe because I’m here and it happened in places I’ve been to, like London, in a location I know well, in Manchester the day after I spent the weekend there. It happened at a concert, at a supermarket, at an event, on the streets.
I know that it’s more likely that I could die in a car crash, we even had a few of those (minor incidents), I still travel with the car. It’s also more likely I would die from heart problems, but that doesn’t stop me eating something that’s not healthy or having a second cocktail. I wanted to understand, so I got a couple of books about terrorism. I learned a lot from them. Sadly, after I finished the first book, another two attacks took place in Spain. So, I continued with the second book. While I was reading the second book, another attack took place in Finland.
The Clipper Race 2017-2018, started from Liverpool and we went to see the start, the 11th race.
The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges. Even though no previous sailing experience is necessary, the race is 40,000 nautical miles long, on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. The race was envisaged by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69.
The race is divided into 8 legs and the crew can choose to complete the full race or individual legs. The organizers supply the fleet and all the yachts are the same. Each yacht has its own fully qualified skipper. The teams are made up of ordinary people. They have to go through a training regime to get prepared for the race. This means that the members can be taxi drivers, engineers, bartenders, students, housewives and all are equal.
– 14 Host ports
– 712 Crew
– 198 Women on board and 514 Men
– 41 Nationalities
– 227 Days racing
– 18 years old the youngest and 76 years old the oldest member
– 337 professions represented in the race
– 361 Brits
– A single member from: Romania, Portugal, Peru, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Greece, Chile, Bulgaria and Austria
– 83 crew members work in Building and Engineering
– Other fields: medical care, science and tech, teaching, hospitality, aviation, agriculture and farming
– 40% of the crew never sailed before
Imagine my delight when I was invited at the party of La Notte Rosa at Bella Italia in Manchester, a Summer Festival until the 3rd September. Read more details about the Pink Festival on their website.
La Notte Rosa (Italian for pink night) is celebrated every summer along the Northern Italian coast, started in 2006. It’s a festival celebrating food and friendship, and having a good time. At Bella Italia, restaurants across the country have been decked out in pink for the duration of the festival, including the three ones from Manchester.
Decorating is not enough, obviously, so special pink dishes and pink cocktails have been developed for the festival. These include ‘Antipasti Rosa’, Watermelon Rosa Salad and Pizza Rosa Coppa. The dishes were created by Vittorio Lettieri, Executive Chef at Bella Italia.
As for cocktails, they include Cipriani Bellini, a classic cocktail invented in Italy in 1948 and an watermelon cocktail, like the one in picture. I loved it. There are two options, a mocktail and a cocktail with Vodka, both fab. I hope they will keep it in the menu, because I would order it.
The restaurant is lovely decorated, with plenty of wonderful pictures on the walls. It has a nice and cozy atmosphere, it’s warm and informal.
I had long hair for all my life, as I love long hair. I’ve always been proud of it and I imagine most of us feel the same way. This means we should do everything we can to take care of it. So, I though I should talk about how I keep my hair healthy. There are options available if struggling with hair loss, like hair transplant. I would say that knowing all sorts of details, including Hair transplant cost* can be helpful.
Some of the things we all can do to have a better looking, healthier hair like eating healthy (see my 10-a-day post), sleeping enough and having as low stress as possible aren’t specific to hair. Also, unfortunately, we don’t have always real options on these aspects of our life. Instead I’m going to talk about the things we can specifically do to our hair.
1. Use Good Hair products.
I’ve been using professional hair shampoo and conditioner for a couple of years now. The difference between them and non-professional products is visible from the first use. It’s true that they are more expensive, a bottle being up to 5 times more costly than a supermarket own brand. I’ve used Bed Head until recently, when I switched to another one. As I just made the switch to try a new one, I don’t want to say the name of the new brand before I try it for a couple of months. I think the extra money is worth it, as the hair looks better and feels better.
Besides shampoo, I will use conditioner or, at the moment, a hair mask. I don’t wash my hair daily, so I would use a hair mask. When I had to wash my hair every day as I was training every day, I used conditioner and the mask only a couple of times weekly. As a rule, I don’t wash my hair if it’s not necessary.
I avoid other hair products, like foam. If I would use them for an evening, I would wash my hair the following day.