I was dying for a run along the waterfront but I am sidelined for the moment by my IT band issue, so instead we took a walk around, had coffee by the water, and visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum, both of which were excellent and offered interesting views into Liverpool’s past.
I was pleasantly surprised to see what a vibrant little downtown Liverpool has. The city has a nice scale and there were plenty of people out and about on Saturday walking and shopping along the many pedestrianized streets.
We also went into St. Luke’s Church, bombed out in WWII and now used as a cool community space for arts, music and special events. Very cool.
And visited the Liverpool Cathedral, the fifth-largest cathedral in the world. It was massive; photos could never capture the scale. The architect also built Battersea Power Station and you can see the resemblance in person.
Later we wandered around, stopping off at historic pubs and checking out side streets, and eventually ending up at a music festival with tons of local bands, some of whom were really good. Liverpool is definitely a cool city, with interesting local culture and pride.
And on Sunday, we went to see LFC play a friendly against Dortmund. It was so much fun to be at Anfield, to see the players in person and get to experience it all firsthand. Looking forward to lots more football this year!The trip home was a bit of a hassle because trains weren’t running so we took a bus and it was a bit of a cluster…but we got home eventually. It’s funny how when you live in a new place and then go away, coming back can make your new home feel a bit more like “home”.