Liverpool: It’s Not Just About The Beatles

Jun 9, 2011 by    Posted under: Photos, Travel

What do you think of when you think of Liverpool? The Beatles, right? Well, as it turns out, Liverpool is much more than the birthplace of the Beatles and very well worth a visit.

Of course, there is the obvious Beatles draw to Liverpool and the City doesn’t disappoint when it comes to feeding the wants of the tourists. There are Beatles bus tours, walking tours, museums, paraphernalia to bring home and lots of Beatles tunes being played in shops and by street musicians.

I didn’t really get into the Beatles mania while I was there. Sure, I like them well enough but the pulse of Liverpool is so different than that of London and is incredibly beautiful in its own way, that I find myself mostly just wandering around, soaking it all in. And, while I was happy to just snap away in my usual manner in London, Liverpool makes me wish I was a better photographer and writer so that I could truly capture its essence.

There’s kind of a sadness to Liverpool that wasn’t in London. There are buildings falling into disrepair everywhere and a black soot that clings to all the buildings. But there is such beauty in this. The history of each block feels more alive than in London and I found myself standing still more often in Liverpool, just soaking in its essence.

There is also a lot of revitalization being done in Liverpool and I spent a lot of time in Liverpool One, their large and very modern pedestrian shopping area. There are cozy cafes, posh restaurants and, of course, a thousand lively pubs to choose from. There are also some really funky and artsy pockets in Liverpool that seem influenced by its moderately sized university culture.

Two of the best pieces of architecture in Liverpool are without a doubt Liverpool Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral. Both are relatively modern structures built in the 20th century and couldn’t be more different from one another.

Liverpool Cathedral, an Anglican church, is the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest in the world. It is, to put it lightly, gigantic. It style and grandeur make it looks much older than it actually is. Its foundation was laid in the beginning of the 1900s.

By far, the strangest thing piece of architecture I’ve seen on my trip so far, is Metropolitan Cathedral, a Catholic church locally known as Paddy’s Wigwam. It looks more like some kind of 1960s science fiction space station to me than a church. I don’t care so much for this style of architecture but I love that someone’s vision of a church was so different than the thousand year model of church and steeple.

I can’t write about Liverpool and not talk about the accents. I’m terrible when it comes to understanding people with thick accents (I even had trouble with southern accents when I moved from New England to Florida) and boy are they thick here. Everyone calls everyone “Luv” and speaks very high in the throat and nose. I found myself eavesdropping on conversations everywhere I went to try and figure out what they were saying. Between the accents and the local dialect, I could follow the conversations maybe 50% of the time.

Liverpool Fun Facts: People who come from Liverpool are called Scoucers and their lingo is called Scouce.

My favorite Scouse expression is “Aright our kid” which means “Hello brother/sister”.

Head on over to Where in the World is Basha’s Facebook Page for more photos from Liverpool.

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