Liverpool Weekend

This past weekend, I took my first trip out of London.  Andy and I went up to Liverpool to explore the city and see a football (soccer) match.IMG_6089

We went up late on Friday evening on a train, which was quick and easy.  Checked into our hotel, a basic chain hotel on Albert Dock around midnight, and woke up the next morning to clear, sunny skies. IMG_6090

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.

Later, we walked into city centre and of course checked out the (rebuilt) Cavern Club, where the Beatles got their start.IMG_6092

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.  IMG_6093 IMG_6095

We also explored the Ropewalks, the more hipster/indie part of the city, and had a fabulous Lebanese lunch.IMG_6099

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. IMG_6101

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. IMG_6109

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.IMG_6116

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!IMG_6131The 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”.


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