Monday, July 13, 2015

Coronation Street-The best trip of my life

I don't drink beer, but here is my best impression of pulling a pint at The Rovers
My Dad taught Geography for over 30 years so it should come as no surprise that we spent a lot of time travelling growing up.  We took planes, trains and automobiles exploring Canada, the United States, exotic islands and historical Europe.  During my childhood, trips were regular occurrences. Looking back, I can see how my family was not the norm.  Some families are really into sports and eating out.  My parents decided that vacations were high on the priority list.

Let me be real though...I was miserable for a lot of these trips. They didn't seem like privileges and there were no ipads, ipods, portable DVD players (or even CD players yet #70s child) to entertain myself with.  I had a journal and books and my imagination.  In other words, my idea of heaven in the summer.

Now let's get to Miss Monica from I Heart Grade 3's linky topic this week which is all about the best trip of my life. It just so happened that this occurred very recently back in October 2014. It was a bit of an early 10 year anniversary surprise present from my hubby and it was over the Thanksgiving weekend. Yep, we went to England for a long weekend!  #crazykids

I grew up watching Coronation Street with my Mom and am a huge fan.  The show recently moved into a new studio in Manchester and they were giving tours of the old set until it gets turned into condos or something ridiculous like that.

It's always been a dream of mine to visit the set so...this was a bucket list vacation for just the 2 of us.

We flew into London, stayed at a posh hotel in Notting Hill, visited friends in Milton Keynes at their amazing farmhouse and then took another train to Manchester and flew out of there.

Here are a few pictures of our time in London-

The Tower of London's "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" installation of 888 246 ceramic poppies.
The King and Queen of our family of 4 (sans tiara sadly)
My Bobby with authentic British Bobbies
Donating my son's old Halloween "Fruit Bat" costume because donating is cool anywhere, anytime
London was amazing, as usual.  I think this was my 4th time there?  It never gets old, just more expensive. I only wish we would have had time to visit our relatives.

Now onto the dreamy part...visiting the Corrie Set!  I was soooooooooo excited and it was hard for me not to cry from happiness.  I did oohhh and ahhhh a lot.  Honestly, it was the best afternoon ever.

It was a drizzly day but I didn't care. I had a list of classic/cheesy pictures I wanted to recreate and I made my hubby swear that he would be patient and let me just live out my crazy fantasy.  It took me weeks of coming up with these and I had the BEST time posing. Unfortunately, you can't take pics inside the old set (no idea why...but you can't) so I had to really think about outside shots.

For your laughing pleasure, I present to you a taste of Coronation Street à la Bryn.

The alley way where all the juicy story lines go down (Peter and Tina made out here!)
Having a pretend "fag" (aka what the Brits call a cigarette) outside The Rovers.  This was a pen I had in my purse that I stuck in my mouth backwards.  Although smoking is not cool, Liz the barmaid smokes and I love her so had to just improvise in the name of artistic impression.
Trying to look sneaky/sultry like Tracey fail but this pictures cracks me up
Pretending to break in a window like David might with the overpriced umbrella we just bought from Buckingham Palace
Crying on the steps of Underworld (Fizz?) after not making my quota of knickers for Carla
Reliving Tina's tragic ending on set.  It almost looks like there's blood around my head too but that's just my hair...don't worry!
So there you have it, a few pictures of the best trip of my life in Manchester, UK.

Anyone else love Coronation Street as much as I do?


  1. Oh my goodness I love this post!! You did such a wonderful job with your picture reenactments! That's really awesome that you have been able to travel so much, what wonderful memories you have!! Thank you so much for sharing your favorite trip with us, it was so fun to experience a new place through your words and photos!!
    Have a wonderful week!

    Kindergarten Dragons

  2. Lol, your pictures made me smile! London for the weekend is definitely a privilege! I did not/do not watch Coronation Street but I got the gist of what it is all about from viewing your interpretations. :) btw you aced the sneaky/sultry look, lol!


  3. Hahahahaha! Love the pictures! London is my favourite city in the world - and being Canadian I am not sure how I did not get into Coronation Street. I have a ton of family and friends who are die hard fans but this show somehow got away from me.

    I love how you didn't just take touristy photos and planted yourself into the scenes! How have they not called you for a cameo yet? lol!

    Thanks for linking up!


  4. What a fun trip! I've never seen Coronation Street, but I know the excitement when you get to visit the set of a show you love! In Hawaii, we did the LOST tour and definitely did quite a few reenactments just like you did- LOL!
    Kim from Elementary Antics

  5. I love all of your posing! That is too cute. It sounds like you had a great time and did a few different things while you were there. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love all of your posing! That is too cute. It sounds like you had a great time and did a few different things while you were there. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Looks like it was an amazing trip! I just can't get into Coronation Street.... I've tried. I'd love to go to London though!

    Fun in Fourth