Trip Start Dec 11, 2009
5Trip End Dec 14, 2009
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After a 90 minutes flight from Geneva, we landed at Manchester airport at about 11am. We then jumped in the first train that goes into the city, and then hopefully near our hotel in Salford Quays. The only suprise we had on the train was to note the the train were not electric, but working with diesel engine. It might sound stupid, but it has been a while since the last time I've seen such trains.
The journey from the airport to our destination (Salford Crescen) took about 40 minutes, and we went off the train at the Salford Crescent station, near the Salford University. We knew that we where in the correct area and that the distance to our hotel was less than 3km. But in which direction ??
Fortunately, Romain had a GPS application on his Iphone, not really precise nor convenient if you are on foot, that must be said, but still it provided us with some help on our way
Because from the university there were more or less only high traffic roads and nothing really looking like a pedestrian way. But at the end of the days, we managed to find hour hotel about 90 minutes later (same length as the flight from Geneva...).
We entered the hotel, and everything went fine. The room was booked and most important, the 3 tickets were here! Now the week-end can really start !!!
Afternoon in town
After having enjoying our first pint of John Smith at the hotel while waiting for our room, we went out for a first visit of the city centre. We were pleased to see that the tramway stop was just 150m from the hotel and that the journey to the city centre was just about 10 minutes long.
But most important, we remarked that Old trafford was really near from the hotel, just about 500m, on the other side of the river
Really this hotel is the perfect spot for a football and beer week-end in Manchester !
We went out the tram at piccadilly circus and then enjoyed a well deserved burrito in one Mexican restaurant in the place. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon walking in the streets and doing a little bit of shopping. I think we found a more than suitable rythm for that: Whatever happens, we stop for a pint every hour.
After having spent quite some time in the huge Manchester Arndale, the UK's largest inner-city shopping centre, located in the heart of Manchester City Centre, we found a really nice pub near the big wheel: The Old Wellington pub.
This is a traditional old fashioned pub, with a huge beer garden (but it was too cold outside to really enjoy the beer, even if the garden was crowded), great choice of local beers and really nice athmosphere.
Then we headed to another pub near the piccadilly train station (I cannot remember the name of this one, but it was really nice even tough a little bit smelly...) We enjoyed another couple of John Smith, and then took the Northern Quarter direction and made plenty of beer stops there, as there is no lack of pubs and bars in this area.
Finally we went to Chinatown and had dinner in a Thai restaurant, enjoying some more beers, but from a different part of the world this time.
Finally, it was about 11pm when we decided to save strength for saturday, as this will be a really long and intense day. We went back to the hotel and had the sleep well pint before going to bed.