When I was a kid the weather forecast used to be presented by a man who stood on a large floating model of the British Isles. The best bit was when he leapt from Ireland to Wales as everyone waited with baited breath to see if he would fall in the water. The model of Britain was actually in Liverpool, floating in the Albert Docks.
We also visited a small museum showing a replica of back-to-back housing which was good. Although it was a museum, a lot of the furniture was familiar to me as my grandma had some like it.
There has also been a lot of development in the Docks area and several glassy modern buildings have sprung up.
I loved the new Museum of Liverpool, which is how a modern museum should be. Lots of colour, videos, interactive exhibits, and packed with stuff to read. We only had time to see 2 galleries (including an interesting Beatles exhibit containing their clothing, guitars etc) but it was so good that if I lived locally I could imagine visiting the museum on a rainy weekend. The building itself was also an interesting structure.
Outside, we admired the imposing Liver Buildings (with the Liver Birds on top) and watched the infamous “Ferry across the Mersey” continued its slow progress across the, um, Mersey.
The only thing I remember from visiting Liverpool as a kid is the Anglican Cathedral, and the nearby “alternative” Catholic Cathedral. I think this is a really cool space. From the inside it reminds me of the Tabernacle building in Salt Lake City.
It is difficult to visit Liverpool and not see how proud the city is of its golden sons, the Beatles. The Cavern Club is a mecca for Beatles fans and tourists. Apparently the actual cavern club was a few yards away, with a different entrance. However that doesn’t stop the fans, and we went inside to watch a tribute band playing Beatles songs. It was fun to pretend we were there in the 60s to hear the real thing!
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