After visitng the Twisted Threads Show in Harrogate we took a trip the next day into Leeds,
where the run up to Christmas is in full swing.
The Beautiful dome of the Corn Exchange, once a hive of busy trading and now a haven for shoppers. There are individual shops upstairs and downstairs along the three levels of galleries, all selling crafts and an interesting range of handmade goods.
This is such a spectacular building.
The Victorian Market Hall exterior
The traditional cast iron vaulted structure of the old Victorian market.
So many interesting market stalls
Here's our favourite, Cafe Moor and on this tiny stall
they prepared, cooked and served the most amazing food...
to eat on the spot....
and they also sold North African and Middle Eastern delicacies to take home.
Just around the corner from it was Spice Corner, jam packed with, I imagine, every spice and herb on the planet.
I loved the traditional fresh fishmongers, which are dying out in most towns and cities due to pre packed supermarket fish etc. The displays were fabulous and I wanted to buy some but we weren't going home for another day so I didn't fancy the drive home with it in the car!
The beautiful old arcades were all dripping with Christmas lights and looking as spectacular as in any London arcade.
The German Christmas Market seemed just like those I've visited over in Germany itself but not a word of the German language was to be heard. The stalls were all staffed by Polish and English people which seemed so odd.
Right next door to this Moose Head sign I entered a small chalet building which amazingly opened out to a HUGE, Ginormous, Unexpected....
Bierkeller....with a full house of revellers at around 2. 15pm with all the appropriate steins of beer an loud oompah music. It was just like opening a Tardis when I opened the door.
Leeds proved to be an interesting city, with wonderful buildings old and new and so many unique features to see. The people were so mannerly and friendly and the city was quite affluent and vibrant. Good to see on all counts.
Loved it! Well done Yorkshire for colouring our visit so well.