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The Carling Weekend 1999

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I had decided to attend the Leeds international music festival, which was held at the Temple Newsam Park in Leeds. Armed with my backpack and a bag of groceries I headed for the field where thousands of people had already set up their tents. People cheered on the circus rides and the tents were filled with either wares of all kinds or a music group and people gathered around with a pint of ale, singing along.

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Before heading for Temple Newsam, I did walk through Leeds. I stopped at the corn exchange which was once upon a time where farmers sold and bought bovine, fresh veggies, hay and oats, has now been restored as some kind of a mall. Three stories high are filled with treasures to discover. The basement is where you'll find the deli and take away shops. The rest of the building sells you clothes, souvenirs and even furniture, and all at fair prices.

What's really great:
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Behind the corn exchange building, you'll find retro-shops and odd enough, very expensive restaurants.

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I did visit The City Art Gallery which had an assortment of interesting art pieces. The most impressive piece was situated in the lobby. The giagantic painting is approximatively 6feet high by 6 feet long. The details are incredible, I stared a long time without being able to see all the minute details. There's also a great collection of busts to see.

Other recommendations:
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Kirkstall Abbey is situated close by. This 1000 yrs old monastary is situated by the River Aire. The ruin is large and many area are closed to the public. Yet many signs indicate and explain how the building was used and built originally. Every year, at the end of summer, people can attend a baroque concert inside the main building.

Published on Wednesday October 1th, 2003

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