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Published: July 18th 2018
Somewhere in Wales...
We found Platform ten and nine elevenths! Unfortunately it doesn't go to Hogwarts.
Days 16 and 17 - A magical, mysterious, trip to Liverpool and the other International Wilsons
One outing Anne was really looking forward to this summer was a day trip to Liverpool. Michelle agreed to go but wasn’t all that interested and Tony suggested we go while he was in the office. So, Anne booked two tickets “to ride” and a magical mystery tour for her and Michelle.
They left early out of Euston Station and Tony walked them safely to Waterloo before going back to meet some friends. The International Wilsons who were coming in from Argentina (just as Anne and Michelle left). Tony has known Dave since college, and our families remain close. Tony offered our flat as a place to freshen up and have some real breakfast while they waited for their flat to be ready. This meant we had to tidy up and put away our laundry and generally clean up. Inviting people to visit is how we motivate ourselves to keep up on our house work, and London is no exception.
A couple of train transfers later and the girls were in Liverpool, home
Michelle found a train with a decidedly french mustache.
of the Beatles (and some other cool stuff). The tour was scheduled for after lunch so they had a few hours to wander through Liverpool. They headed for the Royal Albert Dock where much of the museums and attractions could be found. They saw the ferry across the Mersea (but didn’t ride), saw some tall ships and realized that the docks had locks to keep the ships afloat at low tide. In their wanderings we found the British Music Experience.
The BME is a museum dedicated to British music as it developed from the 1940s to today. The exhibits were very interactive and many of them showcased the interactions between American and British music during that time. It had costumes, memorabilia, and sound clips from well known as well as lesser known bands and a large section where you could practice playing real instruments. They had guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocal stations. Each had video tutorials at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels that taught you the basics. Michelle loved this area and they even came back after the tour to play some more. The highlight of the museum is a prerecorded stage show of Boy
Liverpool...colder than London
Yay, we got to wear our sweatshirts!!!
George singing Karma Chameleon. It was filmed and projected in such a way that at first it appeared to be a real singer. It alternated with a music and video montage of some of the most famous british artists and bands every 20 minutes.
The Magical Mystery Tour (the actual name of the tour) lasted 2 hours. Michelle and Anne got some great stories and made a few stops at the famous landmarks. They saw Penny Lane with the Barber and the shelter in the middle of the round about, Strawberry Fields, and the childhood homes of all the Beatles. They also heard (multiple times) how Paul McCartney was just there a month ago for the Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.
Meanwhile, Tony and the International Wilsons were hanging out in London getting housing squared away and recovering from their flight. Anne and Michelle had an uneventful train ride back while Tony worked, and then went to Euston station to meet them.
Anne and Michelle met up with Dave, Amy, Kai and Bodi the next afternoon at the British Museum. Kai and Michelle are both huge fans of
Meanwhile, back in London
Tony meets up with the International Wilsons as they roll into London after a REALLY long trip.
the Percy Jackson series and were excited to see the exhibits on ancient greek culture. They spent the next few hours going over their favorite parts of the series while Anne caught up with Dave and Amy while walking through the museum.
After the Museum closed they made their way to the Wilsons’ flat by Hyde park to meet Tony and watch the semi final match between England and Croatia. Incidentally, there were 30,000 people at the other end of Hyde park watching the match, too. The match was exciting but Croatia beat England, much to everyone’s disappointment.
We hung out at the flat and ate dinner until we were sure the crowds had dispersed and then we Ubered back to our flat. Both Wilson groups were headed out the next day. The International Wilsons are heading to Rome and we are headed to Athens for four days.
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