It’s not as easy as it used to be to get away early, but we still managed to be on the road before 6am (only 2 hours later than I wanted).

It still makes me laugh that on holidays we always set the alarm earlier than work days. Relaxing never really was our thing.

This is half way to Manchester, a quick stop for breakfast then back on the road.

We hit Manchester, parked at our hotel and headed straight into the Christmas markets. They were fantastic (easily the best we have been to in the UK).

Then back to the hotel to meet friends and finally crash after a long day.

Now that’s a good start to a holiday.