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I am not a fan of football sports so the idea of Liverpool trip is just as fancy as any other trip. We went there twice – first, within the city and second, to the stadium. My knowledge about Liverpool F.C. is limited to the hunky, beefy players Suarez and Gerrard! So this entry is far from what made Liverpool famous to young adults.
It was a very sunny Saturday morning, a rare case in England. There were too many people basking in the sun and enjoying the outdoors though it was still biting cold. We went inside the Albert Dock through the alleys. While walking, a guy told me to flick my finger on the red columns supporting the roof. He explained that usually buildings in England before were made up of granite but this one was of cast iron. I didn’t know that. All I know was that columns were of Doric Greek Style.
We walked past the shore into the Museum of Liverpool but not before swinging by the Waterfront Café. It is on the ground floor, very accessible with glass interior providing views of the streets. The free-entry Museum has a modern architectural design with the grand nautilus-shaped staircase as the focal point. The design is in contrast with the traditional English grandeur of the Three Graces – Cunnard Building, Royal Liver Building and Port of Liverpool Building.
There were weird and wonderful artworks that either make you furrow your forehead or flicker your eyes with amusement notably the peculiar Super Lamb Banana (half banana and half lamb) at the Pier Head that is now a well-loved symbol of the city. The copper birds on top of the Liver Building are chained because there is an old belief that if they fly away, then the city is destined to be doomed. Isn’t Liverpool quirky and funky? I thought so.
We next visited the Beatles souvenir shop. Oh my, there were too many from CDs to pens, you name it. If you are a fan, what better way to shop memorabilia than in Beatle’s birthplace.
We stopped by the shopping area in St. John’s at the city center before heading to China Town for a sumptuous Chinese lunch. The entrance to the Chinatown is landmarked by a colorful and ornamented traditional arch.
My friend fancies vintage stuffs and antiquities, so when we saw this antique shop she immediately went inside. The 69a Antique Dealers has lots of decorative trinkets, old books, ancient crates and other crafty treasures. The store has a vintage musty smell but not bad enough to have you marching out.
At twilight, the Wheel of Liverpool looks astonishing. It gives you a panoramic view of the whole city at 82 meters above sea level with each trip lasting 13-15 minutes. Guess what, each of the capsules has a panic button!
At 7 pm, exhausted because of too much walking, we went home with the school bus. I regret that I didn’t buy something like a trinket or just anything, so I went back after a month!
All in all, in contrast with the thunderous screams and ecstatic leaps in Anfield football stadium, the city is actually laid back.