Okay, so those of you who know the Trafford Centre well will be thinking, ‘What … ? She’s really scraping the barrel for things to write about now’.
But you’re wrong, I do have plenty of other things to write about.
However, I called in the Trafford Centre after a day spent at the Destinations Travel Show next door and realised what a great place it is to photograph. And because I’d been at the Travel Show I had my decent camera with me.
For those of you that don’t know, the Trafford Centre is a mega shopping mall to the south of Manchester. It’s rather large and has a big green dome on top so it can be seen from miles around. It was already after dark when I got there so I didn’t bother taking any photos outside.
Well, I took one. But as that was just of the sign telling me where my car was parked I’ve already deleted it. (Seriously, you want to do this if you ever visit. It’s the only car park I’ve ever lost my car in).
The shops, spread over two floors, are the same chain shops you’ll find everywhere. What’s different about the Trafford Centre is the decor, as you will see in a moment. It also has several great food halls and a cinema.
And well, if people write about shopping malls in Dubai, why shouldn’t I write about one in Manchester?
I also decided I needed to play around with the photo software that came with my computer and these pictures provided me with the perfect opportunity.
As you can see, it’s very gold and has palm trees. So once you’re inside out of the rain, you can pretend that you really are in Dubai.
As well as the big dome there are several smaller domes and some of them have murals depicting scenes from Manchester’s industrial past. (Now, I suppose that’s a bit different to Dubai).
These guys stand at the gates to New Orleans, one of the food courts.
There are so many choices for food, but the one thing all the places have in common is that their facades look as though they could be on a New Orleans street.
At the end of the New Orleans street it’s back to the opulence with a big hall with lots more eateries. This hall had a Roman theme going on.
Downstairs is China Town, another street full of places to eat.
Of course there’s an Egyptian themed part as well.
Even the toilets and lifts are themed.
Are you getting the idea yet that this is no ordinary shopping mall?
Well, I’ve saved the best bit for last.
The Trafford Centre only has a flippin’ great cruise ship in it.
It might not be real, but it really does look impressive.
So which do you think you’d prefer? The Trafford Centre or Dubai? Share your thoughts in the comments below?