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Published: August 9th 2017
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"So where are you from?", Australia I replied. “Wow, that's a long way to come to visit the Isle of Man, what made you come here?”. I explained my reason to an elderly man who is working at the Peel Castle. His reply; “So this is the kings royal table cloth”, pointing at the cleaverly constructed replica as if he hadn't payed any attention to what I was saying.
Feeling rejected and unheard we proceeded to listen to him explain the use of the rest of the room as he repeated a few jokes. Later on we laughed at the situation while waiting for the main bus back to Douglas.
Well if you haven't caught on, we are on the small island of the Isle of Man. Placed in between England and Ireland where taking the ferry or plane is the only way to get there. We had caught the bus from Ambleside to Lancaster then to Heysham where it was a 3.5 hour ferry ride.
We arrived in the early evening and settled in to our luxurious accommodation.
I was surprised at how big Douglas was, a line of adjoining hotels and apartments hug the main beach promenade, green hills form
the backdrop. Douglas is one of a few “major” as in minor towns on the Isle of Man. We bought an all day bus ticket which took us to the other side of the island to Peel, an even smaller town with quite a few attractios such as Peel Castle, Manx Transport Museum and Kipper Factory. Kipper is a type of fish that's prepared over a number of hours and processes.
From Peel we headed South to Castle Town, I assumed there were quite a few attractions but we didn't venture past the Castle Rushen. It was a nice little castle but most rooms were empty with a sign explaining what it was used for during it's different uses throughout time.
The following morning saw us take a walk along the promenade for a bit of lunch while we waited for the ferry to Liverpool. It was an hour shorter than the trip from Heysham but still arrived late.
We weren't expecting to stay in Liverpool, but we had missed a day in our planning.
At first glance Liverpool looked nice, a mixture of old brick buildings with new glass covered buildings. I thought it was pretty quiet for a Saturday night,
but then as we walked to our accommodation at the Hatters hostel further inland I soon realised the latter.
The Liverpool night life is teaming with people of all ages and they love to get dressed up, the two of us looked to be the only under-dressed people in the city. I even saw a 50+ lady dressed in a short black dress and showing a little too much cleavage for anybody's liking.
As the night quickly passed by we grabbed some dinner and decided to get a drink at one of the local pubs/clubs. This place saw it's fair share of Hen's night's and groups dressed in matching outfits all night.
With limited time and day bus tickets, the following day brought us to Anfield stadium, home to Liverpool Football Club. We opted for the museum and tour which was all great, seeing Liverpool is my second favourite team. Next time I hope to be attending a Liverpool Premier League game.
Might be a problem as tickets can be very hard to come by.
We caught the bus back in to the city area and checked out Mathew Street, home to the Cavern Pub where the Beatles played their first gig
and an extra 270 odd. It's a very nice pub which was resurrected after being partially demolished and filled in. But it has been rebuilt with the exact same bricks to exact specifications.
Now it's a look back through time and at some of the other amazing people that have played there.
Strapped for time we hoped we would be able to see "The Beatles Story" at Albert Dock, but we had to catch our bus back to London.
All in all I both enjoyed the Isle of Man and Liverpool. This trip has been so amazing so far and it has only been 10 days. We now head to Paris for more adventures.
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