Friday, September 25, 2015

England Trip Part IV

Liverpool!! Oh my! We arrived by train and were taken by shuttle to the "Hard Days Night" hotel. I can't possibly describe the awesomeness of it in a blog post. I'm serious!! As we walked by the hotel, the stone statues of the Fabulous 4 on the second level caught my eye first...


And then, a DOORMAN!!! Can you believe it? I could not..at first LOL.

He was a nice chap. I should've gotten Paul to take my picture with him. Damn!
Then we entered the hotel and I was blown away as I tried so hard not to let my jaw hit the floor! In front of the reception desk and providing light, were some Beatles sheet music draping from the ceiling in front of some lights. I tried to take a picture but it didn't turn out too well.


To be honest, most of my pictures didn't do justice to the things I was trying to capture. But, oh well. Onward...
The elevator was a delight. A wrought iron spiral encased the glass lift. (They call them lifts in England). The the walls of the staircase outside the lift were covered with Beatles photos..

That's Paul walking down the stairs.


Me & Paul, oh yeah! LOL
Here's a couple of pictures of our room. Everything was musical, right down to the shampoo!
Notice on each side of the leather headboard, the digital boxes? Those controlled everything from the lights to the tv!!!!!
Cool designs everywhere!
Yes, this is our tv!
I told you, everything musical right down to the shampoo!
Needless to say, I was in heaven in my Beatles atmosphere. I wish we had stayed a bit longer than 2 days.
We walked around and found an outdoor mall. I was looking for a sporting goods store to get Jennifer her Manchester United Soccer jersey she asked for. You don't want to say that too loud in Liverpool hehe. Everything here was LFC. I did find it though in this mall.



We tend to find shops with our names on them..

We walked down to Albert Docks. I remember my dad mentioned it on quite a few occasions.


While there on the docks, we saw several restaurants and cafes. We ate lunch at the only place that had Welsh Rarebit!

My mom used to make this for me when I was a little girl. It's essentially cheese on toast.
Sorry I didn't take time to edit the photos. Really didn't need that orange poll right there! 

Notice on the chain railing, those are padlocks hanging from the chain.

I was fascinated by the little padlocks and wishing I had one to put on there.
I also took time looking at them, wondering how far some of the owners traveled from.
Then,
The Magical Mystery Tour, is coming to take you away, coming to take you away....


John and Paul were told to write songs about their childhood. John wrote Strawberry Fields Forever. A tidbit of information I never knew regarding this song is when John Lennon was a little boy, he was raised by his aunt and uncle. From the bus driver: After school he would go out the back of his house, climb the fence and run down the alley where the fence to Strawberry Field was. There was an orphanage there and John would peek through the fence at the girls. His aunt would yell him to stop and say, they're going to hang you ya know? Online version:  John's aunt Mimi did not like John going to Strawberry Fields, as it was basically an orphanage and she thought they would lead John astray. John liked going there because having lost his father and later his mother he felt a kinship to the lads. When John and his aunt would argue about his going he would often reply, "What are they going to do, hang me?" Thus the line "Nothing to get hung about."





Paul wrote Penny Lane.


On the corner is a banker with a motorcar...
In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs.
Please understand I'm taking photos of the bank and barber shop while in a moving bus.
In the window of a gift shop, made of jelly beans.
Display inside The Beatles Museum
Not sure why, but I also get emotional when I hear Beatles music. You can just imagine how I was in the Museum. It was SO fun though!! I think Paul enjoyed it too although Liverpool was on my bucket list...not "our" list :)

The rest are pictures of architecture etc.








A pub we stopped at before heading back to the hotel.
Another thing we noticed, whenever you ordered a drink, it came in the manufacturers glass. 


I love the different colored doors. Makes it easy not to forget which one is yours when you come home from a pub.
Ok ya'll. That's all for now. As always...


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