Monday, July 24, 2017

Cathedrals and Cocktails

After a lazy morning (we needed it) we eventually got out at midday. We walked along the docks and then over to where the cathedrals are..
We seemed to come in the back entrance of the Liverpool Cathedral and the minute you get close to this building it blows you away with its size..
You walk into the building and there is a great feeling of peace and space..
We walked round and was amazed at the whispering arch, and then we bought our tickets for the tower..
 You go up two escalators and it still has 108 steps to deal with after that, which go through the bell tower..
The view from the top is amazing so pick a nice day..
We came down and in the car park there was a Ice Cream van, we sat on the wall and just took in the view of the cathedral.
We then walked along Hope Street past the suitcases, and along to the Metropolitan Cathedral which also is an amazing structure.

When you walk in it is round and the glass in the tower changes colour as you walk round it..
Again a lovely feeling of peace here, and it has an area remembering the Hillsborough Disaster, and all the people who sadly lost their life..
We then walked back towards town and down Bold Street and ended up in TGI Friday's for cocktails in the sun..
We then walked back home and chilled out the front for a couple of hours..

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beatles, Battles and Booze

We decided to get a lot in today as the weather didn't look too promising late afternoon. We left Derwent6 at 9.00am and walked round to The Beatles Story museum and got there as the doors opened.
We were just in front of the crowds and had it almost to ourselves. It gives a good account of what their lives were like right from when they started, we all really enjoyed it..
We then had a bite to eat back on the boats and then walked to the Odeon Cinema not far from the Dock to see the film Dunkirk, this was a good film and well worth a watch.
Then it was shopping time, as there are some really good shops in Liverpool, and on the way back we picked up some food shopping just before the rains came..
Mark and Sian wanted to go to a few pubs round Dean Street, and as Del's favourite pub the Ship and Mitre was there it was rude not to go with them..
We ended up visiting five good old heritage pubs before we called a cab and went to Lark Lane. Here there are loads more pubs and some great unusual restaurants to go to, and this time it wasn't going to be an Indian..
We ended up in a Turkish place called ELIF which had hot coals burning in the front window as you walked by. You could see all the food being cooked which is always a good sign and it was. The food was fantastic and not over powering..
We then got a cab back to the City Centre and finished the night with some live music till midnight.. It was a tricky walk back to Derwent6 after that lot..

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Iron Men looking out to sea

We left Derwent6 at 11.00am and walked up to central station where we got the train towards Southport.
Al had always wanted to see Antony Gormley's  Iron men at Crosby Beach just north of Liverpool, so it was a good chance to see them.
The train took about 20 minutes and was only £3.00 return to go, so it was a no brainer for us..
We were a bit silly really because we went out there in summer vests and to be fair it was a bit cold with the north wind blowing in our faces.
We were surprised that the sand was very soft and could see why this spot had been picked by Antony Gormley. There are 100 of these sculptures spread over 2 miles and they go about half a mile into the sea.
Some of the statues had been clothed by members of the public and looked very real with the real people walking along the beach.
After about half an hour we had to get a coffee somewhere and found a Leisure centre which did a five star rated hot chocolate.
We then walked back to the station and got the train back to Liverpool city centre. We did some shopping at Liverpool One before stopping off for an afternoon tea and heading back to Derwent6.
By this time the sun had come out and it was very nice sitting out the front with a few nibbles.. Mark and Sian came back a bit later and we chatted about what we had done and what we will do tomorrow.. This was going to be a dry day and an early night, I'm sure we will be back on it tomorrow..

Maritime and Marinated and Music

We surfaced a bit late and when we did we went to the Maritime Museum first thing. It gives a bit of information about the docks and also about the ships Titanic and Lusitania. There is also a section on slavery and it is quite moving.
Afterwards we did a bit of shopping and ended up extending our data on our dongle as our contract had run out...
From there we went on to a Brazilian restaurant that had been recommended by Chris (Mr Laminate) called Fazenda which turned out to be one of the best restaurants we had ever been in. It was a little on the pricey side, but boy did you get your moneys worth.
Its as much as you can eat and the meat is brought out to your table. You have a card with green or red on it and if you want more meat just leave your card on green. The Salad bar is top quality, but don't eat too much too early, you have to pace yourselves..
We came out of there very full and called Mark and Sian for a meet up, in a pub of course.

We ended up watching live music all night till 1.30am and got back to Derwent6 at 2.00am full of food and drink.
We should sleep well!

Ferry Cross the Mersey

We had a bit of a lay in, and the sunshine woke us up through the window. It seemed a nice day to take the Mersey ferry as Al had got some cheap tickets using her Tesco's vouchers.
We got the midday ferry which takes you over to Seacombe which has a spaceport, and a U Boat tour at Woodside/Birkenhead. The round trip takes 50 minutes and gives you a great view of Liverpool and also you learn a lot about what the buildings are along the Mersey. Oh and yes! you get to sing "Ferry cross the Mersey"
We didn't fancy the spaceport but stayed on the ferry till we got to Birkenhead. The U Boat Story was about U-534 a German submarine which was sunk during the war and resurfaced and brought back to the UK.
The only disappointing thing for the boys was that it had been broken into four pieces and you couldn't walk through it, but they had glassed the ends so you could see through it..
It was still worth the visit and good to see..
We then walked up to Birkenhead and the gardens at Hamilton square, well worth a walk.
We ended up having lunch in some lovely tearooms with great food, we had jackets and a BLT.

We walked back to the ferry as the heat was getting to us a bit and jumped on the 2.30am ferry back to Liverpool.
We spent the afternoon chilling on Derwent6 with a ice crush and a cake taking in the views, people watching..
In the evening we went back to the Cavern, as it is free to get in on Monday Tuesdays and Wednesdays still with loads of live music.