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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

City of Culture

Liverpool was granted the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site mainly for its impressive waterfront and the commercial port from the time of Britain’s great global influence. 
In 2008 it was also the European City of Culture.
Here are some of the sights we have found over the past few days, cultural, historical or otherwise.


The Bluecoat is the oldest buildings in central Liverpool and was built as a charity school in 1717.  Nowadays it is an arts centre, showcasing arts, dance, music and literature.




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Everywhere you go there are reminders of the Fab 4, here along Mathew Street, the Cavern Club, where the young, new Beatles group were discovered by Brian Epstein.


“Liverpool is the Pool of Life”
C.G.Jung 1927






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Liverpool has the oldest Chinese Community in Europe, dating back to 1834 when ships began to arrive from China trading goods such as silk, cotton and tea.
The wonderful arch marking the entrance to Chinatown was completed in 2000 in time to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
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We liked this old warehouse building with the painted sign advertising the wares once available here.

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The Maritime Museum, at Albert dock, has some interesting exhibitions, including “Seized”, about the Border & Customs work and history; “Titanic and Liverpool”, telling the untold story of the ships links with Liverpool, as well as the International Slavery Museum, the Old Docks Tour, and ships to explore, there’s loads to see and do.
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These three boats moored in Salthouse dock, The Joker (as from Batman), Yellow Submarine and a sinking Titanic are all apartment hotels, available to hire for a stay in the city.
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One of many Superlambananas around the city, originally created for the European City of Culture year, they are decorated in many styles and dotted all around the city.




Along Hope Street between the two cathedrals and just opposite the Philharmonic Hall is a wonderful pub ‘The Phil’, amazingly ornate and decorated in the style of a Gentleman’s club, it’s a real treasure.
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We enjoyed a look around and a visit to the loos!




Once again we have enjoyed our stay in this wonderful city, it is clean, easy to get around, lots to do and lots of it free!  Our moorings are in the heart of it all and it hasn’t cost us a penny to stay, with water and electricity available and our rubbish collected daily; luxury!

1 comment:

  1. If I remember right one of the 3 boats in Salthouse, I think the Yellow submarine, was part of the "Four in a Bed" TV programme on channel 4 where they compare B&B establishments. It was owned by 2 guys.