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England Vs. Australia ODI’s, The Riverside

Posted in  Cricket by Paul on the September 10th, 2009

england-vs-australiaIf you didn’t get your Ashes tickets, watch England and Australia compete in ODI, One Day International matches this September. The final ODI match will be played at the Riverside in Durham September 20, 2009. The Riverside is a relatively new stadium, established in 1995, and holds 17,000 fans especially for international matches like ODI. It is located along the River Wear and has a view of Lumley Castle.

Where to Stay

Staying within walking distance of the Riverside is also a convenient treat, especially since the Lumley Castle is the nearest hotel. This magnificent 4-star hotel overlooks the stadium, and the castle has been part of this countryside for over 600 years. Each of the 74 luxurious rooms are en suite and have complimentary WiFi. The Black Knight restaurant is so popular that you will need reservations.

Within 5 miles of the stands you will find several other quality hotels to accommodate different budgets and tastes. The Ramside Hall Classic Hotel and Golf Club has buildings dating back to 1820 on their 220-acre estate. The Ramside Golf Course boasts a 27-hole course, three loops of 9 holes, 14 lakes, and is known as one of the best courses in the area. The hotel offers babysitting, currency exchange, laundry and medical services, and has ample free parking. Close to Durham’s city center is the Hotel Bannatyne Durham. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the health club, with gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna.

Larger parties might enjoy a stay at the Radisson SAS Durham. All of the 207 guestrooms are air-conditioned and offer modern amenities like wireless internet and satellite TV. Complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby, where the multi-lingual staff will be happy to get you a taxi to the Riverside. No matter where you stay to watch the ODI at Riverside, you will enjoy the tradition and comfort of the English countryside.

How To Get there

Drivers to the Riverside are advised to get there early and carpool as parking is limited. You can also ride your bike as there are secured cycle racks. Several forms of public transportation are also available if you prefer to skip all those parking hassles. The local bus service is extensive, and easy to find your way to the stop only a few minutes walk from the stadium, at the Black Horse. Rail is also a convenient way to get to the match, especially if you are coming from farther away. The Chester-le-Street station is a 15-20 minute walk, sometimes there is a shuttle that takes fans to the stadium.

Monza F1

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the September 3rd, 2009

monzaIn a small town outside of Milan lays one of the oldest Grand Prix circuit tracks in Formula 1, it is called the Autodromo di Monza. It is one of the last old fashioned, historic European tracks. For the 58th year, this historic track will host the 2009 Italian Grand Prix. 2009 will also mark the 85th anniversary of the track itself. The layout of this track is definitely geared towards top speeds. Electrified Ferrari fans are sure to be in abundance, supporting their dominating Ferrari team.

Where to stay?

For a comparatively small town, you would not expect such an array of accommodations, however Monza isn’t just any small town and it is well supplied with many comfortable abodes for your stay. Only 15 minutes from Milan and facing the former summer residence of the Royal House of Savoy, the four star Hotel De La Villa Monza would be an excellent option. Not to be out-shone, the AS Hotel Monza’s 66 double rooms were designed to better satisfy distinct, business clients who demand a high-quality standard. And also boasting a four star rating, those 66 rooms are sure to be reserved quickly. The Royal Falcone – Monza is another “Impressive” four star accommodation smack dab in the center of Monza. With Wi-Fi and 20″ flat screen TV’s, the Royal Falcone seems to be the most technologically hip option.

For the more expense-wary traveler, the three star  Standard Hotel Milano is still close to the action and offers all the basic amenities: Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning, free breakfast, and “sound proofed rooms.”

Getting to the event

The formula one track is located in a public park in Monza, this town is located approximately ten miles from downtown Milan. Being located on the outskirts of Milan, Monza is interlaced with transportation modes. By car coming from the East or West, you would simply take A4 Highway (Turin-Milan-Venice) and exit ‘Monza’. From the North, you would take Milan-Lecco expressway(ss36) and from the south ‘Tangenziale Nord’ and take the Monza exit. By train you can leave from either the Garibaldi or Centrale stations, you can also travel by ATM bus line.