Clive booked a nice room on Laterooms for Liverpool. We were very excited and it seemed like an easy run on the motorway from Newcastle to Liverpool. Wow we were wrong. We came across a traffic jam and we got the easier jam. The traffic coming the other way was banked up for 10miles plus it was the Blue Mtns x 10.
We drove and drove and drove and then we final arrived. Feeling beaten down by the bloody traffic we were hoping that Liverpool would be at least a nice room and the Beatles Museum would be half decent. Well Liverpool you surprised us both. Not only were we staying right in the middle of the city in a GRAND building but there was so many things we could and did do.
We stayed at the Adelphi Britannia which was half demolished in the Blitz, well most of Liverpool was. This surprised me since I forgot all about this and it also saddened me. The Hotel was opposite the Lewis’s Department store building which was bombed and then re-built. It is now closed down and the store windows are used as exhibition space which is currently focussed on the Blitz.
Out the front of the Lewis building was also where John Lennon would organise to meet up with his first wife to go out to listen to bands and have some pints. The architecture in Liverpool is surprising as well.
It has all the history of partial or whole buildings that were rebuilt after the blitz and new contemporary building and shopping malls that have a very edgy feel without the whole cement block style.
When we arrived we pulled up at the grand building of the Adelphi Britannia. When I lumbered out of the car and dragged our gear into the lobby I was in a bit of awe. I was faced with a large and grand marble clad foyer that lead into a lounge area that was dripping with heavy chandeliers.
Very happy with a nice space we were staying in a small room on the top floor. We tried and take the stairs each time for a bit of fitness as we noticed we were becoming lazy and a little chubby.
We went and freshened up then wandered around Liverpool. Clive was determined to make sure he had a good location for the rugby. Liverpool has a Walkabout Bar so felt it was all good. We had a fairly early night that evening since we were starting to feel a little worn.
The next day we bounded out of bed and headed to the Tate Liverpool, Gallery of Liverpool and the Beatles Museum. The Gallery was closed for refurbishment and the other two didn’t open until 10am. We wandered and shopped. Clive bought a bright yellow t shirt that I have since shrank twice over in the drier. It was only 6 pounds and only worth about 4 pounds.
After a wander and discovering Oportos in Liverpool we headed to the Tate Liverpool. I have since been to 3 Tates and the Liverpool is the smallest. It had a large section of it closed whilst they changed over the exhibitions. We still throughly enjoyed it. There was a sculptural piece there that was a large table and chairs. It was so large I could walk under it and the detailing was fascinating.
After I had looked at every piece of work I could we bought our Tate Liverpool badge and headed to the Beatles Museum. This is all located at Albert Docks which is just on the Mersey.
Pictures I took in the Tate Liverpool……
Oh did you know police are called Limey’s in Liverpool because the Police Station in on Lime Street. I already knew this before I went and I walked Lime Street multiple times as our car was parked near it.
Anyway, so we headed to the Beatles Museum with a load of other tourists. As soon as we paid for our tickets and got our audio guides the fire alarm goes off. So we had to evacuate the building. Luckily the Beatles Museum now spans over 2 sites. We headed for the second one.
The second site was all about an exhibition called White Feather which had been curated but Julian Lennon and John Lennon’s first wife, whatsherface. The name white feather was because just days before John was killed he gave Julian a white feather and told him that no matter where he was or what happens just look for a white feather and this shows that I am there and I love you. Years later Julian came to Australia and an aboriginal elder gave him a white feather. This sparked the memory he had of his father and felt he should show a more intimate side of John to the world.
The exhibition was great it had a lot of “artifacts” of the Beatles and John’s in particular. It used multimedia to enhance the whole experience and Yoko was mentioned very little.
After this we wandered back to the main Beatles Museum.
The Beatles Museum was cool. It had a completely different feel to the White Feather exhibition which was great. The audio guide that we got were so comprehensive. It takes you from the very start of the Beatles how they were a Skiffle Band to becoming the Beatles to their break up and what projects and life they had after the Beatles. If anyone goes to Liverpool I highly recommend going, we were in there for HOURS!
There was also a 4D animation about the Beatles which was a bit if fun but I believe that was at the 2nd location.
That evening I believe we went out for Mexican. It was nice staying in the one spot for a few days. The next morning I want to get a souvenir shirt. One I saw at the Beatles thing but it wasn’t open for a while and we were killing time until we could watch the Rugby. We went for a walk and stumbled upon The Cavern. The outside wall of The Cavern is covered with engraved bricks for those who are famous and played there. The walls is high and wide. There has been 2 bricks removed so far, a Jonathon King and Gary Glitter (I am guessing for socially unacceptable illegal activity). There is a statue of Lennon and also a lot of Asian tourists surrounding it doing the peace sign for the photos.
Along with the White Feather exhibition, Julian Lennon and whatsherface have placed a Peace Statue in the mall square at Liverpool. This is to help continue John’s message of peace on a global scale and they are trying to locate them all around the world.
Once we had a shirt and seen the monument we were heading to the walkabout Pub which they said since they couldn’t open until 12noon they would be recording then replaying the Rugby which had started at 10:30am. On our way the Peace Monument is near the large and new mall Liverpool has to offer. We thought we would cut through and they we heard someone smashing around on a piano, then we heard someone a bit better. We discover the Tickle The Ivories project. This located pianos all around Liverpool for people to play and they scheduled in some professional pianists to play at different times and locations. We were luck enough to sit and listen to one (mostly because I had a hypo and we had to sit and wait for my glucose levels to rise instead of bolting to the pub to watch the rugby).
So after our wonderful musical interlude and sugar fix we headed to the Walkabout Pub. Clive had already turned is phone off the night before so he didn’t get a text from someone with results.
We waited out the front as it wasn’t open yet but we could hear people inside cheering. When the doors opened I was sent in to investigate since Clive didn’t want to chance seeing something that would ruin the match for him.
And wouldn’t you know it….The match was being played and the bar staff lied to us that the manager said it being showed later.
The bar manager was great and told us to come back once it was over and he will play get a replay for us thanks to digital TV. Unfortunately when I went back it only went back for half the match.
So here is Clive having a break down out the front and me inside a pub full of men getting flustered and ready to have a tantrum….the extremely apologetic manager said there was a reply that evening. After I told he we only hung around today to watch the match and need to move on. He asked what direction and can I have your number. I think he gauged the puzzled look on my face and explained he would contact the bar manager of what ever walkabout pub that was closest to where we were going. We were heading to Cardiff, Wales. Next thing you know Clive has me jogging to the car so we get to Cardiff on time and then I get a text message from the Liverpool Walkabout Bar manager that the match would definitely be on for us.
Getting to Cardiff wasn’t too much of a trip but as soon as we got there Clive was flustered about the rugby and we got accommodation right on the main party strip of Cardiff. And off we went to the Walkabout Pub to walk the match……