24 Hours in Liverpool

We took the train from Manchester to Liverpool -- an easy one hour ride.  The Liverpool station was impressive.
One of the first things I noticed was these dolphin encrusted lampposts.  It made me think of the seahorses on the lamps along the River Liffey in Dublin.
I liked this view of the Radio City Tower behind St. Georges Hall -- a bit of old and new juxtaposed.
Majestic lions sat in front of St. Georges Hall.
We had arrived quite early and once again sought breakfast as a first order of business.  We stopped at Cafe Tabac on Bold Street.  They do great oatmeal (porridge).
We continued our trek around town.  I smiled when I saw Krunchy Fried Chicken.  With the color scheme and font, it seems they are taking a bit of licence with Colonel Sanders trademark.
We saw a dummy on a ladder -- is it an art installation?
I wasn't sure what to make of this sign -- "6.8 million people live alone in England.  Do you feel lonely?"
I liked the decorative ads for Liverpool in the arched doorways of an old building near Chinatown.
Liverpool boasts a very impressive Chinatown gate even though Chinatown itself is rather modest.
Here we have a little Liverpool street art.
The waterfront in Liverpool is quite lovely and tourist friendly.  We took a long stroll along the river.
We saw people practicing a sport that seemed a bit like water polo but played with kayaks.  I did a quick Google search and the sport does indeed seem to be called kayak polo.
We soon approached Albert Dock, the hub of tourist activity in Liverpool.  We took a quick pass through for now and spent more time here later in the afternoon.
We walked back into the main part of town toward Mathew Street where the Beatles got their start.  You can see the Fab 4 smiling down from a nearby hotel.
The Cavern Club features a brick wall with the names of all the artists who have played their over the years (including the Beatles).
Even in Liverpool, folks enjoy a good Guinness.
We opted for cheap pub grub for lunch at Yate's along Bold Street.  We had a good vantage point and could watch the people go by as we ate and downed a pint.
We stopped at the Bluecoat art and craft centre on our way back toward Albert Dock.
I liked these rather haphazard birdhouses in the courtyard outside.
In the shop at the Bluecoat, I saw a familiar sight from home in San Francisco.  This is a sculpture by Thomas Hill.  He often has his work on display at Velvet da Vinci on Polk St. in San Francisco.
I've written about this previously but I am obsessed with Mister Softee.  I can still hear strains of the ice cream truck jingle in my mind and remember running out to the curb to get a soft serve cone whenever I heard him coming.  They still have Mr. Softee in New York City but I never expected to find him across the pond!
We took some time to explore the Merseyside Maritime Museum.  The main exhibit focused on the shipwrecks of the Titanic, Lusitania, and Empress of Ireland.  There was also a good display about Shackleton and his harrowing voyage to the Antarctic plus the unique "Hello Sailor" (Gay life on the ocean wave).
We visited The Beatles Story near the end of the day.  The museum stays open a bit later than most other attractions and shops.  We were able to pop in at about 5 pm and stay until they closed at 7 pm.  The exhibit was detailed and fascinating.  A complimentary audio guide was included with the (rather expensive) price of admission (13.95 pounds).  The tour was well worth it.  The memorability and history were quite detailed.  I was starting to worry that we'd run short on time but the exhibit ends when the Beatles broke up in 1970.  There is very little about the drama of their solo careers and John Lennon's assassination.
Just outside the museum we say this "Humped Zebra Crossing" which I thought was particularly fitting for Sidewalk Safari.
Here's a rare black taxi cautiously crossing.  Glad I was able to capture one of the "Big 5" urban game on film.
The city architecture was quite lovely -- especially when reflected in the harbour.
We passed the Cunard Building which was also quite impressive.
I liked this exhibit of colorful animals (dogs? lambs?) on a street corner nearby.
Liverpool reminded me a bit of a city in the US or Australia.  I think it was because of the big open air shopping mall.  We had drinks and dinner at Las Iguanas at Liverpool One.  The food and drinks were really refreshing after a long day of exploration.
We decided to take the bus back to our hotel near the airport.  It was really inexpensive and super convenient.
Thus concludes our whirlwind city break in the UK.  It's amazing how much a person can see and do in just 48 hours.  Here's a map of some of the sights we explored in Liverpool.  We covered 7+ miles on foot in a single day and about 17 miles for the weekend.
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