Trip Start Sep 06, 2010
Trip End Apr 14, 2012

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Everton Hostel

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

While Michelle stayed in bed trying to get as much sleep as possible to assist with a hopeful speedy recovery from jetlag, Brendan woke early this morning and went for a run in to the city centre. Once he was back we both showered and ate a surprisingly fantastic breakfast put on by the hostel.  After eating we agreed that this hostel may be the one that has given us the best value for money.  With full stomachs we set out for our one and only day of sightseeing in Liverpool, the once mighty port town of the north.  We started the day with an hour cruise on the Mersey River which provided an informative and interesting commentary about the city along the way.  Throughout the course of the cruise we learnt that Liverpool has Britain's most recognisable skyline, the largest brick building in the world sits on the Mersey’s banks and the unique birds that sit on top of the town hall are known as liver birds.  Folklore suggests that if these birds were to ever fly away then Liverpool would cease to exist.  After the cruise we made our way down to Albert Dock which apparently has Britain’s most Grade One buildings.  This fact we got from the cruise meant nothing to us because they did not explain what a Grade One building was.  They did however repeat this a few times making it seem like it was quite a big deal.  At Albert Dock we visited the International Slavery Museum which was a little confusing.  There seemed to be way too much going on with far too many kinds of multi-media used to tell a story that seemed to be lost along the way.  The most important thing we gathered from this museum was that Liverpool played a significant role in the trade of African slaves.  Next we visited the Beatles Story which serves as a tribute to the greatest rock band of all time.  The audio guide takes you through several exhibits dedicated to telling the story about the band and its members from their humble beginnings as the Quarrymen to the phenomenon of "Beatlemania" at the group’s height.  We both thoroughly enjoyed the museum but were a little disappointed with the second site which had a 4D film and exhibition called White Feather composed by John Lennon’s son, Julian.  After a busy day we decided to head back to our hostel, taking a detour down Matthew Street where the infamous venue The Cavern is located.  After eating a simple dinner prepared in our fantastic we called it an early night and were asleep within minutes of lieing down.
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