Friday, 17 August 2018

#LoveLifeTravels - Manchester with Aer Lingus Regional*

This time last week (Friday August 10th) I was wondering around what may be my favourite city in the whole entire world - no joke. I was lucky enough to be asked by Aer Lingus Regional Flight from Cork Airport to travel to Manchester for a quick trip and I was absolutely ecstatic. I had been to Manchester briefly before but I never really got to enjoy the actual city. Now why Manchester you make ask? Well it really isn't the city for sight seeing but it is a city that I have never in my life felt more at home in. It's quirky vibe, vintage stores and never ending restaurants and bars were all to die for. The shopping in Manchester is next level and it is home to some of the biggest online fashion houses in the world like PrettyLittleThing, Boohoo.com, MissGuided and so much more. 
Myself and Dervila (I brought her along for the trip) got the 7:00am flight out of Cork Airport Thursday Morning after some TCL relaxing at the Cork Airport Aspire Lounge (I don't think I will ever be able to fly normally again, haha) and we were literally in our hotel at 9:30am that morning, such a quick flight. It was such a smooth, pain free flight which was amazing as I absolutely hate flying so it really was a proper treat.
A few people were asking me on Instagram where we stayed and I actually booked the Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre which was a 5 mins walk from the train station so it was ideal and it was honestly one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in and such good value. Just incase any of ye were wondering, I was lucky enough to be gifted the pair of flights by Aer Lingus Regional but the accommodation etc was all paid for by myself. If you are planning on heading to Manchester, I honestly cannot recommend that Jurys Inn enough. It was in such a Central position, everything was in walking distance and the beds were the comfiest thing I have EVER slept in - I would love to go back even just for a snooze. 
We hadn't anything really planned heading over as we just wanted an easy going trip and to do what we felt like doing while we were there so we basically just roamed the streets, popped into a load of different vintage stores, shopping centres, quirky bars and restaurants and even got more ear piercings. I can honestly say I have never loved somewhere as much as Manchester. Anyone that knows me personally knows I am the BIGGEST home bird, like I have zero travel bug and no where is better than home for me but Manchester changed my whole idea of it all. It was honestly a city in my opinion that accepted everyone, you had every race, colour, nationality etc about and it was amazing. The fashion culture was amazing around every corner and sorry but we literally saw some of the hottest men we had ever seen, haha. 
After roaming around all day Thursday, we went back to the hotel for naps before heading out for Dinner in the famous burger restaurant "Almost Famous" which was so fab before heading to a few different bars and nightclubs which were so much fun. Anything goes there, I went out in a simple Black T-Shirt Dress and my Dr.Martens and it was perfect. We had so much fun that night. 
Friday we took things VERY EASY as we may have had one cocktail too many the night before so we were slightly tender until we got a beloved McDonalds into us, then we recovered, haha. I was extremely lucky and grateful to be invited into the PrettyLittleThing.com Headquarters on Friday to meet some of the PLT Team that I know and it was honestly the absolute dream. I have so many photos of the HQ below but my god was it amazing and they absolutely spoilt me rotten - so so blessed. 
After our day of antics, it was time to head back to the airport and head home. We were lucky enough again to relax in the Aspire Lounge in Manchester Airport which was honestly such a treat and something I would highly recommend looking into before flying with Aer Lingus on you're next trip. Our flight home was at 8:55pm from Manchester to Cork and we were back home in Limerick by midnight. The whole trip was so quick and easy with Aer Lingus Regional that I wouldn't honestly drive to Dublin as fast from my home. 
Again I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Aer Lingus Regional for inviting me on such an amazing trip to Manchester and I honestly cannot wait to head back there soon. Manchester is 10/10 in my eyes and I am itching to get back. 
Until next time Manchester Xo

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