What comes to mind when you think of Liverpool? It’s a large British port city – probably dirty – they talk funny there – and oh yeah, the Beatles called this place home. Well…shock of all shocks, it’s actually a beautiful city with a lot of cultural activity – yep, it was home to the Beatles. You’ll never forget the Beatles link after being here. What a fabulous city and did we ever have a good time!
We were on the Highlights of Liverpool excursion early in the morning. The ship docked at a location well within walking distance of the city’s center. It’s a very walkable city. Here are our first looks.
I really enjoy taking pictures of flags…. can you tell? Yes, we’re back in England.
Our first stop was a panoramic park well above the city center.
Good shot, huh? And I didn’t take it. Next, we’re off to the Liverpool Football Stadium – well, soccer for us silly Americans. Although I wasn’t much into their team and its history, the stadium was fascinating and I got the obligatory tee shirt at the shop.
And then we were off to the cultural quarter of Liverpool. It is home to the Central Library, St. George’s Hall, and other interesting buildings. Liverpool’s Library is a beautiful architectural piece with both modern and old aspects.
Immediately next door is St. George’s Hall which was featured in the movie, Fantastic Beasts.
Yes, we did have a lot of fun. And then off to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral – it is monstrous. It has a gift shop and small restaurant inside. I couldn’t get a decent shot of the exterior but here are a couple photos from the interior.
The weather the entire day was a combination of sunshine, clouds, and some rain. It seemed to change by the minute. Fortunately, we only experienced a small amount of rain. We left our tour at Albert Dock and had lunch at the Pump Station with Bessie and Lauren. We then toured the Beatles gift shop while listening to endless Beatles songs – very cool.
Isn’t that representation of the Beatles great? I was so glad we were able to see it. At the time, however, the winds were extreme – nearly blowing us over. But what a magnificent view to end our tour of the city.
We returned back to the ship – we were supposed to return by 4:30pm and sail at 5:00pm. Unfortunately, the winds were so strong that the crew were not able to sail from the port without assistance of two tug boats – and their assistance was delayed until 10:30pm. What a bummer! As a result, they had to cancel our next port stop in Cork, Ireland – a place everyone wanted to see. Instead we have one more day at sea.
No worries. We had a smashing good concert on the pool deck as all of our performers sang Beatles songs….what else. Everyone was singing along and it was such a good time.
We ended the night with dinner at the Compass Rose. Their menu tonight included lamb chops with mint jelly. Rich had those in memory of his Dad, affectionately called Libs – it was one of his favorite meals. So here’s to Libs and the mint jelly.
That’s all from this wonderful city. We were totally surprised by how much we enjoyed seeing and experiencing this city. Beatles tunes are stuck in my head forever. Let it be……