I have lived in the north west of England all my life and have travelled and worked in the cities here so I am always keen to go and explore them in more detail with my camera.
Manchester has always been a favourite place of mine. with its history and its combination of new and old buildings, two train stations and lots of place to see and explore.
The canals that criss cross the city occasionally throw up something new and this was a new view for me as I walked up Oxford Road.
The town hall is an imposing Structure, smack bang in the centre of the city and always the hub of life in the area. At the moment the structure looks great with the sunshine pouring down.
One of the most striking areas of "new versus old" is in Exchange Square. Lots of this was thanks to the IRA bomb, but the new developments that arose from that disaster now stand side by side with the old historic ones that survived creating a really good feeling.
All over the city, this theme of "old and new" continues, the new glass and metal office blocks towering over the brick and tiled buildings from yesteryear - a great and vibrant place to visit.