Sunday, November 25, 2012

Liverpool

With all the excitement and planning for Christmas, a weekend off in late November arrived and Pip and I decided that we would tick off one of the last remaining English towns which we'd wanted to visit.

Liverpool is less than an hour by train from our home in Manchester so it was a day out more than a trip away. We arrived in Liverpool late in the morning with only a couple of things in mind which we wanted to do. It was freezing so we followed my map to a cafe I'd looked up online called 'Bold St Cafe'. It's a really beautiful cafe that mixed the rustic theme that I love with a bit of pop culture modernism. This gave it a fresh atmosphere which Pip and I loved. The Mushroom on toast was amazing and although the flatwhites weren't as strong as we're used to, we still loved our experience right down to the lady sitting in the corner promoting a film festival while trying to act like a normal patron.

I wish the rest of our day could have continued in this positive manor but as we strolled around central Liverpool, Pip especially found it was a city that only seemed to have the worst parts of a typical English city, Chaves, Orange tanned woman, and tacky town planning.

We strolled down Mathew Street which is where the famous Cavern Club is and found about ten clubs with similar names and plenty of tackyness. The origional club may have long since closed but they have the enterance marked out and an exact replica next door. We went down for a half pint and watched a guy play Beatles songs on his acoustic guitar.

We got to the Beatles Story museum after a slight Google Maps hiccup and began the tour. This is the main reason we came to Liverpool and we weren't dissapointed. I have read books and watch the entire Beatles Anthology so there was not much for me to learn but the displays were well put together and there was enough origional Beatles guitars, clothing and the like to make the experience complete.

We emerged from the experience and decided to head home. We were lucky to get a trin pretty quickily and although I enjoyed Liverpool more than Pip, she's glad we went and did the things we did.

Saturday night we bought wine and chocolate and spent a night listening to music. Sunday we shopped for a new blanket to help us through the colder months, we also got me a new pillow as our bed is killing my back. I had to leave work early the other day as my neck was had it.

This evening we had a look through the Christmas markets. They are amazing, we ate our way around the market tasting Sausages, crepes, chocolate covered strawberries and German chicken. We cannot wait to take Pip's Dad around them next month.