Anfield (via Chester)

Trip Start Mar 19, 2006
Trip End May 11, 2006

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Spent most of the early evening traveling from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead to Chester, where I stayed at a railway hotel called the Queen's as I could not find a room in Liverpool.

Chester is also an old Roman city complete with old walls and an amphitheatre. Woke up early and did a brisk walk about the town before I caught the Merseyrail to Anfield.

Anfield, the famous home of Liverpool Football Club, is located just off of Stanley Park and a stones throw away from Goodison Park, home of their city rivals Everton--it will never cease to amaze me how close they build football stadiums to each other in England. And I was on hand to watch the 203rd Merseyside derby ('dar-bee', a matched played by city rivals), to be won in spirited fashion by Liverpool. Listening to the Kop sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" raised goosebumps.

After the match, I made my way to the waterfront to see the Albert Docks and see the buildings that surround them; apparently the whole area is a World Heritage Site--go figure! Had a chance to pop into a few museums in the area including the Maritime and the Beatles exhibit but was eventually foiled by the late hour and the rainy weather so I decided to make my way to Manchester.
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