Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Welcome To Liverpool!

As I mentioned in my last post, my boyfriend and I travelled up to Liverpool this weekend to go on the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour! As it was part of my birthday present, he decided we would make a weekend of it and spend some time in the city.

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View across the river from our hotel

I’ve never been to Liverpool before and had just heard stories of a run down industrial town, with closed docks and boarded-up houses, but the city has undergone a massive regeneration over the last couple of years. As we pulled up to our hotel right in the city centre, the sun was setting over the docks, and I was pleasantly surprised by how pretty it looked.
 
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View from our hotel room!

We were shown up to our room on the top floor and looked out over the view. I didn’t realise Liverpool had a big wheel and decided we definitely had to go on it! The next day we went straight to the Beatles’ tour. After spending an hour or so in the Cavern, we emerged blinking into the sunlight. It was a beautiful afternoon for wandering around the docks. Red Bull were running a wake boarding competition so we stopped for a while to watch it.
 
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Red Bull Wakeboarding

Finally we went back to the hotel for a quick swim and visit to the steam room. Then at sunset, we headed for the big wheel! You get a little pod to yourself and swing away into the air. It would’ve been really romantic if my boyfriend hadn’t kept making our pod rock precariously, terrifying me!

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Big wheel
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Wheel across the river
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Bit nervous?!
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Incredible views from the top


After the wheel we headed for dinner, which I was really excited for. My boyfriend had booked us a table at the Liverpool bar and grill and I couldn’t wait for my steak! First, we shared an Asian platter to start. Duck spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, chicken skewers, chilli squid and more, topped off with chilli and hoisin dipping sauces – I didn’t want it to end!
 
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Asian platter

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Luckily it did, and the waiter brought our steaks. I went for a classic ribeye with garlic butter and I have to say that it was one of the nicest steaks I’ve ever eaten. When I order rare I often find that waiters are over cautious and cook it a little too well for me, but this was perfect.


We shared a banoffee Eton Mess for dessert, which was incredible, and apparently so appetising to look at that I forgot to photograph it! Happy and satiated, we explored some of the Liverpool nightlife. There are some really gorgeous little bars along the dock, which had their windows open so it felt like we were sitting right at the water’s edge.



The next day on our way home we stopped off at Knowsley Safari Park. I love safari parks – I like zoos, but I do always feel that the safari parks are kinder to animals. I took loads of photos, but sadly I don’t think I’m cut out to be a nature photographer – most of them were of the backs of monkeys/elephants stalking away etc – so here are just a few of my slightly better ones!
 
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A very pensive lion

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Cheeky monkey!
Are you having a giraffe?

We drove home and were back on Sunday night in time for a big roast and some drinks. I had a really lovely weekend and from being a bit wary, would now thoroughly recommend Liverpool to anyone looking for a city break in the UK! 

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Cheers!

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  1. Looks like you had a fab day! I only live about 10 mins away from Liverpool myself and always have a nice day if I go shopping. I've not been to the safari park in over 10 years though, this most has made me want to go again....must work on the boyfriend :p xx

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    1. Definitely, and make sure you go through the baboon enclosure! It's so funny (although you might want to take your aerial off first...!) x

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  2. What an amazing trip! I recently went to London, and I've been regretting not making a side trip to Liverpool. Glad you had such a nice day, Liverpool looks lovely! :)

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  3. Beautiful glad you had a great time. I nominated you for the liebster award. Go see your name ob the list. CONGRATS.
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  4. I've only been to Liverpool once but we had such a fun time! I remember we went to a bar at about 7pm and already people were dancing on the tables! Great for shopping too :)

    That steak looks so good.

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

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    1. It was so good, I want to eat it again now...! x

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  6. Looks like you had fun..i love safari parks and the big wheel looks awsome..

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    1. It really was, although I don't recommend taking a silly boy who will rock the carriage! x

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