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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool October 3rd 2022

Last night we had a lovely dinner in the dining room of the castle we were staying in. Don finally got to try some some lamb. I had the cod because it was the lightest thing on the menu. We ordered an old fashioned as our pre-dinner cocktail which stumped both the waitress and the bartender. The bartender did do her research and looked up what would be the best whiskey - and landed on a peaty scotch. It was very odd (if she hadn’t come over to explain the research she did we might have sent it back) and it was a lesson to us not to order old fashioneds in Scotland. This morning, after a lovely breakfast we set off walking to the village of Portmeirion. This well-known tourist area completely flummoxed us. It ... read more
Us at the Beatles museum .
John Lennon statue.
View from our deck at castle in Portmeirion .

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool September 13th 2022

TUE, 13 SEP 2022 - Day 6: Explore Tudor History and on to Liverpool - Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester with their characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester's medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. The haunt of the 'Fab Four' is our final stop today. Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool's Beatles' history and enjoy a free evening in one of Britain's edgiest cities.... read more
Walking Tour of Chester, England
Walking Tour of Chester, England
Walking Tour of Chester, England

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 29th 2022

So why Liverpool? With this trip being quite fluid based on where we were asked to cat sit through Trusted Housesitters and the location and timing of being able to meet up with friends, the rest of the time was pulled together in a much different way than we normally do. Based somewhat on geography, things to see in that area, finding a place to stay at a reasonable price and easy to get to by public transport, Liverpool made the cut! We didn’t have much time to research what we would do or see while there, but figured there would be enough for a few days so the train tickets were bought and the reservations made. In the end, it worked out to be a nice stop on our journey. Of course, when most people ... read more
Trying to Show The Massive Size Inside the Cathedral
Altar Piece in the Liverpool Cathedral
Details on One of Many Doors in the Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool March 27th 2019

Calderstones Park is a lovely spread of trees, and grass, interspersed by flowers, conservatories, eating spots as in cafes, picnic spots, a lake, playgrounds and a multitude of walking paths. Lots of bird life and the odd grey squirrel. In one set of four photos, there is the tree, a full flower on the tree, a recently opened flower from bud, and a bud.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool January 30th 2019

A quick trip to see new baby and help out where possible. Views are around Liverpool, but mainly near the Mersey. Added “feature” is a few bits of snow.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool October 30th 2018

I wouldn’t have predicted that I’d visit Liverpool - ever. Its image, even during the height of Beatlemania, was always of a kind of rough and grubby port town. Boy, howdy, was that wrong! Granted, the wealth that has flowed into this metropolis (residents of one+ million) was greatly augmented by its association with the (native-born) Fab Four, but the city on the Mersey was a flexing power with Victorian grace notes long before, and will be long after the rock and roll echoes fade. And, once again, I’ve been blessed in my accommodation: ATC host Louise has gone above and beyond any reasonable expectations... Not only did she retrieve me from the (John Lennon) airport - a 30 minute drive - she had a fire in the grate and a hot dinner waiting for me ... read more
Museum of Liverpool, waterfront
Tate Museum at Royal Albert Dock
Liverpool docks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 12th 2018

With great expectations, I set off to attend the 10:30 choral Eucharist at Liverpool (Anglican) Cathedral. Getting there was fairly direct and took the predicted 25 minutes. The solid building on top of a hill overwhelmed the surrounding gardens. I almost gasped with the feeling of awe created by its weighty presence and enormous height. Seated in an optimal place to best hear the music, I listened to the priest regret that there was no choir this Sunday. The congregation of about 150 sang in typically muffled tones. Recompense was the excellent organ - so resonant that the sound seemed to come from the Cathedral walls themselves. The altar was also very large, dwarfing the celebrants of the service. In contrast, the columns were so gracefully made that they look like folded drapes. The service was ... read more
Bells of Liverpool Cathedral
View of Mersey and modern buildings

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 11th 2018

This morning I woke quite confused, thinking it was Sunday, wondering how I had missed out on a day in Liverpool. My final recourse was to check the internet for the date! The walking tour of central Liverpool was entirely worth the 10 pounds cost. Two other people came, one from somewhere near Manchester and his friend from Liverpool who thought she should learn more about her own city. Much of the ground covered was the same as I had walked yesterday, only this time I learned some facts. The first was that the area around the Museum of Liverpool is named the Canada Dock, so named in appreciation for Samuel Cunard, a Canadian, and for the timber shipped from Canada. The three most imposing buildings on the waterfront are the url=https://www.l... read more
Eleanor Rigby 1982
Sailors' Home gates 1851
Cunard Building entrance

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 10th 2018

At 5:50 p.m. I am sitting in Darby Square, one of the few places with benches for sitting. The other cities also had a similar dearth of public benches, as if they are scared of people loitering with intent. I was going to have a cup of tea and write these notes; unfortunately, the streets are becoming empty, and shops and non-pub cafés are closing. Just a few minutes ago I explored Matthew Street, the self-advertised “Beginning of the Beatles”. A version of the Cavern Club is there and doing a roaring trade from grey-haired tourists - the first place in England the band played according to the Beatles tours pamphlets. Along the one-block street are Beatles-themed pubs, clubs and souvenir stores, but the advertising is circums... read more
Liver Bird
Zobop by Jim Lambie 1999
Lamb Shish Kebob

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool August 9th 2018

I am on the train (14:40) to Liverpool after three hours in Glasgowwandering up and down the imposing streets in the city centre. The huge sandstone Victorian buildings speak to the wealth of the Glasgow merchants who made the city a financial hub. Even now, bigger than Edinburgh, it also looks more prosperous – no premises for rent or charity shops in high rent districts. This morning, one last time I sat on the #11 bus watching the bungalows of Buckstone turn over to the attached Victorian residences of the inner city and then to the monumental buildings of Princes Street. Walking to Waverley Station was simple, because of scoping it out yesterday, and because I left in time not to rush. I got on the train, which was almost empty and wrote travel notes for ... read more
Buchanan Street pedestrian mall
St Enoch Square 1896
City Hall obscured by the European Championships tent

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