My British Homecoming Day 8: Liverpool

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I was cleaning out my desk and I found an old travel journal I had kept during a trip to the UK and Ireland from a few years ago. This had been the first time I had returned to England after being expelled for working without a permit back in the late 80’s. (I have been back a few times more since) But I thought I would share the journal and some pictures with you all. 

After my adventure eating samosas on the beach in Blackpool with my new British friends, I walked back to the hotel. I was pretty wired from all the fun I had, I only slept for a few hours and felt fine. I rode morning train to Liverpool and was ready to explore.

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Matthew Street is just a few blocks away from the Central Train Station and has the Cavern Club where the Beatles first made their mark on the local music scene.
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The Cavern Club. I was told the original location where the Beatles played is across the street
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A statue of Beatle John watches passerby on Matthew Street.

Scenes from around Matthew Street. The Beatles are still a draw for tourists throughout the world. Many local businesses feature their image and music.

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The lads live on.
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Given that several of the Beatles sites are scattered throughout Liverpool using one of the local tour services isn’t a bad idea.

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Menlove Avenue where John Lennon grew up living with his Aunt Mimi.
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Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about. This was the site of an orphanage where John Lennon used to play at in his childhood.

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Penny Lane isn’t really that long of a street. It starts as a residential area and after crossing the railroad tracks becomes a business district. John and Paul used to catch the bus into the city from here.  There is a barber shop, bank, and fire station there just like in the song.

The Albert Docks area of Liverpool is also very nice. The area was once a warehouse area for the ships heading off to sea, but today is full of cafes, shops, and trendy apartments,

I really wish I had more time in Liverpool, the city was such a delight. You could easily spend a couple days exploring. Maybe one Beatles themed and another seeing all the other non-“Fab Four” stuff.

This was my last day in the UK exploring the next day I would head back to Thetford for an overnight stay at my uncles and then heading to Gatwick and home later that day.  As fate would have it, I would be in Scotland less than six months later. So that’s another series.

 

 

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