A few weeks ago, Toby and I made our way to Liverpool on what could only really be called a 'Beatles pilgrimage'. "Why would you go to Liverpool?" people would ask. Because of The Beatles!
We stayed at what could only be described as a joke of a serviced appartment. No toaster, no information about the hotel or surrounding area (not even a fire escape plan!), oven but no oven trays, iron but no ironing board, no soap or shampoo, and no tea or coffee. There was also a bug squished on the roof, no cold water coming from the sink in the bathroom, and I don't know where I got the term serviced from, because no one but us stepped foot in that place after we checked in. It was a short walk from the main shopping strip, which was nice, and it was pretty cheap.
On day one we went to the Beatles museum, after a quick trip to Primark where Toby tried to convince me he needed 8-bit sunglasses. The museum was really good! I did have a bit of a problem with the timeline, as I got a bit confused to when Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best as the drummer, because they kept talking about both of them. It was very interesting though. You get given headsets so you can just listen to someone telling you things instead of reading things, which lets admit, is really hard to take in.
5 minutes down the harbour was the Fab 4D experience, a 4D short movie with Beatles songs, which was really fun. Toby and I didn't have anyone else in our screening which was great so we could sing along and nobody could care about when I screamed when we got sprayed with water.
We then went for a walk over to the Cavern Quater and Mathew street, where the infamous Cavern Club is. The Beatles played there 292 times while it was open! It's since moved slightly from the original spot, a few meters up the road. The original club got closed because they wanted to build subway vents, but they never got built. The new Cavern Club is really cool though, and even Adele has played there (which would have been one of the coolest gigs ever!)
The second day we went to the Liverpool Cathedral and St James' gardens (I have another post lined up about that!), then walked down to the docks to the maritime museum. We went to dinner at Jamie's Italian that night which was really delicious!