Saturday, July 18, 2015

Liverpool - part 1

Liverpool was our base for four days so we took time to explore this city.
We started by walking near the Mersey River. Four years ago we viewed the river from the other bank so it was interesting to explore this side of the river.
The river at low tide.
Red brick buildings lining the walk-way by the river.
Nearby there is a collection of statues including this one to immigrants who left England via Liverpool.
There is also a statue of Billy Fury (1940-1983), one of the many entertainers from Liverpool popular in the 1960s.
View from Albert Dock.
A reminder of Liverpool's nautical past.
Liverpool today - The Wheel of Liverpool.
But the major tourist attraction in Liverpool is The Beatles. In the afternoon we visited the Beatles Story an exhibition, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, about the musical group.
Early posters of the Liverpool music scene including one for a group called The Beetles.
One of the photos of the young Beatles at The Cavern.
The influence of The Beatles is everywhere including in our hotel - ibis Styles hotel in Dale Street. Beatles motifs are throughout the public areas and the bedrooms. Lucy in the sky with diamonds was the theme in our room.
Near the hotel is The Cavern section including this photo board at the entrance of the former original Cavern Club. Hotels and clubs in this area include references to The Beatles or The Cavern Club.
Nearby is a wall of the Cavern Pub is The Cavern Wall of Fame featuring the names of the many musicians and bands who performed at the club.
The Hard Days Night Hotel also strongly carries on The Beatles theme including having statues of each of the group members on sections of the balcony.
In Stanley Street we passed a statue of Eleanor Rigby sitting on a bench. It was made by the entertainer, Tommy Steele.

I am writing this post on a Friday evening (9.30). It is still daylight outside but the young people have been out on the town for some hours. Across the road Beatles music is blaring out. The Beatles have not been forgotten in this city.

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