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Tuesday 6th July 2016   When we moored up yesterday outside the Hilton Hotel at Granary Wharf it took quite a few attempts as due to the new high buildings when it is windy that small area is like a whirlpool, eventually we got her in but when we got up this morning the wind was even stronger! There was no reasonable chance of me getting the boat easily off the mooring without being taken by the wind, the gusts were around 44mph, so we decided that we had been stuck waiting to come into Leeds for so long. We would have a day exploring the city.

 

This bridge spans the river not the canal & has some padlocks attached in memory of loved ones.

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We walked the short distance to the Leeds City Museum which is filled with 3 floors of exhibitions & a lot of history about Leeds, a gift shop & a coffee shop’ entry is totally free. We spent 3hrs wandering without worrying about being somewhere else!

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We wandered over to Millennium Square but instead of sitting in the deck chairs with a Prosecco in front of the giant screen showing Wimbledon we opted for a pint on the veranda at Weatherspoons!

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After that we wandered around the Merion Centre & found some wooden items for Colin to glorify with his wood burning & I found a couple of little gems a charity shop, in the museum was an Egyptian exhibition & some of the artefacts were Egyptian beaded jewellery mostly in turquoise & jade colours, I found an unloved piece in the charity shop with some lovely old looking beads in the same style & colouring, together with some real turquoise that I already have it’s inspired me to make an Egyptian themed piece. Picked up a couple of doughnuts from Gregg’s, yes I know, bit of a habit that! Couple of essentials in Morrisons then back to the boat, we noticed near to the station a lot of flower planters on one street corner all planted up with herbs, tomatoes & strawberries for folk to help themselves, what a great idea.

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We walked back underneath the station, it is a labyrinth of car parks, small shops & cafés, tunnels of water creepily flowing from the river the other side through to the canal at Granary wharf.

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There are 3 large black & white pictures at the entrance to one of the car parks depicting the canal in years gone by, I particularly like this one.

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We have quite enjoyed our couple of days in Leeds, not many boats have come through, but this was the nicest.

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Tomorrow the Wild West & Kirkstall!

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