Every now and then we spend a couple of days in Manchester, more precisely in Media City UK. Most of the time it's because we like to watch a show.
The first time we came there was in August 2013. The weather was not great at the time, but we were lucky it did not rain.
When we booked tickets for Evita which starred Marti Pellow, we were looking for a hotel that was near to the theatre where the musical played. So we picked the Holiday Inn, which is next to the new BBC studio's in Media City UK. Quite a nice environment, and if you are lucky you can spot a tv star or two.
I'm quite sure the guy sitting next to us in the bar one night was actor Iain Glenn, who starred in Jack Taylor, ex-guard and also in Dowton Abbey to mention a couple.
Media City is a new development in Manchester, situated where once the docks of Salford were. Now it's a place where one tv or radio studio pops up next to the other, and there is also a very new theatre, The Lowry, and a shopping mall.
We went and saw the show and of course we also paid a visit to Manchester. We're not big soccer fans, otherwise we'd needed to visit Old Trafford (which, btw, we could see from our hotel window).
Manchester itself is not much of a town. Personally I think Liverpool is a lot nicer and better looking, perhaps because they have the docks near the Mersey. But the people both in Manchester and Liverpool are very nice and I really like their accent.
We also found some nice local restaurants, only five minutes away from our hotel. I especially liked Lime, where we had a full lobster for a very reasonable price.