I have always kept a record of my travels. It used to be with a pen and paper and 35 mm film. Now it’s all digital. On Flashback Fridays I reflect back on some of my past travels and travel mishaps before I started this blog.
We are back in Merry Old England for today’s installation of Flashback Friday.
Let me preface this with the following statement: I am not a Beetles fan. I am not a hater, but given the choice, I would almost always choose to listen to someone else. I do appreciated their contributions to music though. But here I am, in England, and not all that far from Liverpool [1.5 hours away] so it would be wrong of me to NOT visit the city that brought the world the first Rock and Roll superstars…so off to Liverpool I go to spend the day…and night and take in another awesome English football match [Liverpool FC vs Leicester City anyone?] and see if there is more to this city of >400,000 than just the Beetles.
You know what? There is…The Albert Dock, a very cool hang-out spot for tourist and locals alike. There is even a yellow submarine floating in the harbour which I thought was pretty cool, but odd, until I realized that the Beetles sang the Yellow Submarine song.
Let’s all sing along now…”We all live in a yellow submarine…”
Liverpool also has some amazing church architecture. From England’s largest Anglican Cathedral to a beautiful bombed out building to a futuristic catholic church–church architecture in Liverpool is quite grand.
Anglican church exterior
Metropolitan Catholic Church [which looks like a spaceship to me]
the inside of Metropolitan Catholic Church
St. Luke’s Church…bombed out during WWII
Continuing on my Liverpool walkabout, I discover the Cavern. Since I am not a Beetles fan, I did not know that this was the club that the Beetles first performed as a group. Several other bands have played here too, and I wish I could have seen some of them.
Little known facts about Liverpool [2 of them]: It has the oldest Chinese community in Europe and Liverpool not only gave us the Beetles but also Edward Elgar–without whom no high school graduation ceremony would be complete. [Pomp and Circumstance anyone?]
The view from the cheap seats at historic Anfield–home of Liverpool FC…my second favorite team in England.