My trip to Liverpool can be divided into three types of adventure! We impressively fit sports, culture, and site seeing into one day. Before we get to those three adventures, its important to note that the day started off in Starbucks. Not just any Starbucks, the coolest underground Starbucks ever!
The greatest part of site seeing began early in the day at Albert Dock. This is an old dock built in Liverpool in 1846. It was built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood, the first of its kind. It has been used for many things throughout the years. Now the dock is full of shops and cafes. The weather treated us well with a sunny day. This provided for beautiful views of the sun shining off the water.
Just past the dock, across the water, you can see Whales. We didn’t have time this day to take a ferry over to the other side, but maybe I will return someday. Also on the dock is a statue of Johnnie Walker, the inventor of Scotch Whiskey. Of course I posed for a picture with him.
Just past the docks are four statues. They are replicas of an original statue called the SuperLambanana. The superlambanana was made to represent and fight against the genetic modification of food. It is a large yellow lamb whose tail looks like a banana. We never made it to the original Superlambanana but did take some photos of the ones we saw. They can now be found all over the city.
The city was full of beautiful buildings around every corner. I didn’t know the significance of most of the buildings. The ones I did know were St. George’s Hall, the Royal Liver Building, Port of Liverpool Building, and Lime Street Station (it just looks like a normal train station).
You must be thinking, “Isn’t Liverpool famous for the Beatles?” You would be correct. This might make me some enemies, but I am not a big fan of the Beatles. We had the opportunity to visit the Beatles Story (basically the largest Beatles museum) but decided to spend our time elsewhere. We did stop in at the Cavern Club. This is where the Beatles were discovered. Over the span of their career, the Beatles made 292 appearances.
There was only one more stop to our site seeing. Along the way, we found a Forever 21. This is my favorite store in the U.S. It also happens to be one of my sister’s favourite stores as well. This Forever 21 was significant because of all the malls I have been to, none of them have had a Forever 21. Also this was, by far, the largest Forever 21 I had ever seen.
Now back to the point. We were on our way to the Zanzibar club. I am not sure why the world finds this significant, but it has a special importance to me. My brother (whom I am very close to) loves geography. In particular, he loves learning about small nations with funny names. You may be thinking Liechtenstein. His favourite country though is Zanzibar. We still have debates on whether it still is its own country, but that’s off topic. We went on a detour through the city to find this club, and the club turned out to be closed. Don’t worry, we took a photo of the door.
My travelling buddy for Liverpool was my boyfriend Georgi. Liverpool is the home to both of our favourite football clubs (soccer teams) in England. Considering we don’t support the same club, this makes us rivals. My club is Everton FC that plays in Goodison Park, and Georgi’s club is Liverpool FC that plays in Anfield. Unfortunately there are no tours of Goodison Park on Saturday. We still visited the outside of the park to take some photos. Luckily for Georgi, Anfield does give tours of the stadium on Saturdays. I was supportive and went along, mostly so I could see a EPL field. While there, I made it clear that I did not support the club by carrying an Everton bag.
While I am in England, I hope to return to Goodison Park for more than a tour. I hope to fulfil my dream of watching an Everton game live. I’ll keep you posted if that ever happens.
Our first stop in our cultural experience was the Bluecoat Chambers. This is not a very famous place in Liverpool, but worth the stop. It is a gallery and an institute. They pride themselves on discovering artists and helping to serve the community. Most of their art shown speaks a message to the viewers. In particular, one of the galleries we visited displayed clutter and rubbish found in nature as left by humans. The paintings and photos were beautiful. So beautiful that I wanted to capture of photo of the gallery. On doing so, I got in trouble. Rebelliously, I kept the two photos I had taken. Yes I know, I’m a terrible person. 😀
Our second stop on culture was absolutely breathtaking. This was the Walker Art Gallery. The advantage to visiting art galleries in an old country is seeing art that students like myself have studied for hundreds of year. The gallery contained room after room of magnificent famous art. Being that we were on a tight schedule and getting very hungry, I made Georgi remove me from the gallery early. I am hoping to plan a trip to Liverpool just to visit this gallery again. I would like to spend hours viewing each painting or sculpture. I took some quick photos to capture the feel of this enchanting place.
We ended our day with a different type of culture, the type that comes in a cup. I spent some time before our trip finding the coolest tea rooms and attractions in Liverpool. By far, my greatest find was the LEAF of Bold Street. This is a very chic and hip tea room. I enjoyed a cup of tea and Georgi enjoyed a cappuccino.
As always the tea was the perfect end to a perfect day. While walking through the city, I took many photos in hopes to capture the feel of the city. Here are some of my best (the ones that weren’t blurry from my unsteady caffeinated grip)