The World of Daman Beatty

Europe 2014 Part 3: Liverpool City Photowalk

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Travel Journal: Monday, June 16, 2014

I slept straight through the night. Perhaps the melatonin helped! It usually does. I didn’t wake until 6am when the alarm sounded. Fatima was working the nursing conference today and we wanted to breakfast together. The continental included baked beans, of which I had two bowls. Baked beans make a great breakfast! They also had chocolate danish/croissants and a coffee machine. The coffee was good too. I took a mug for the road and escorted Fatima to the Convention Center.

I returned to the hotel room, changed my shoes and loaded up the camera for today’s adventure. I strolled past the Royal Liver Building, over Strand and up Water Street towards Liverpool Lime Street station with a few diversions.

Liverpool Town Hall's rooftop Minerva statue from 1799
Liverpool Town Hall’s rooftop Minerva statue from 1799.

From there I would catch the train to Chester, a small medieval town with an old Roman wall around it. I aimed to catch some Liverpool sites along the way. One of them which I discovered was St. Luke’s church. It was bombed out in 1941 during the wartime May Blitz of Liverpool.

St. Luke's church. Looks like a normal church from the outside but inside is a different story.
St. Luke’s church (left). Looks like a normal church from the outside but inside is a different story.

WATCH: Artists in Residence at “The Bombed Out Church”

I continued on and explored the nearby Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, then entered the train station. I bought a ticket and headed to Chester, only a 45 minute ride away. I will dedicate another blog post to that adventure, so let’s skip ahead…

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Detail of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral entranceway.
Detail of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral entranceway.
Interior of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Interior of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Street view from the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
My view from the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Liverpool Cathedral visible in the distance.

After a few hours spent in Chester, I surveyed the area around Lime Street station including St. George’s Hall and Gardens, the World Museum and Walker Art Gallery. I also discovered many street vendors and markets, the Queen Victoria Monument, and visited the Museum of Liverpool along the Mersey River while returning to the Convention Center to meet Fatima.

Exterior of Lime Street Station, Liverpool UK.
Around Lime Street Station.
Lion statue on the steps of St. George's Hall.
Lion statue on the steps of St. George’s Hall.
Marble statue inside Walker Art Gallery.
Marble statue inside Walker Art Gallery.
Angel statue in St. George's Gardens.
Angel statue in St. George’s Gardens.
Street vendors in downtown Liverpool.
Street vendors in downtown Liverpool.
Flowers in an alleyway.
Flowers in an alleyway.
Queen Victoria Monument.
Queen Victoria Monument.
Museum of Liverpool along the Mersey.
Museum of Liverpool along the Mersey.
A liverbird overlooking rooftop statues of liverbirds perched atop the Royal Liver Building from inside the Museum of Liverpool.
A liverbird overlooking rooftop statues of liverbirds perched atop the Royal Liver Building from inside the Museum of Liverpool.
Football memorabilia on display in the Museum of Liverpool.
Football memorabilia on display in the Museum of Liverpool.

She she wasn’t quite finished, so I strolled back around the Albert Dock nearby and found a dockside patio. I ordered a Guinness and beet pizza at a funky little spot called Revolution. Fatima soon joined me.

Guinness on the patio of the Albert Dock.
Guinness on the patio of the Albert Dock.
Beet pizza from Revolution.
Beet pizza from Revolution.

It was late evening now. We were both jetlagged and ready to rest. She must work again tomorrow, so more adventures for me!

Photo Album: Liverpool City Photowalk

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