27 May 2013
LIVERPOOL AND THE BEATLES
The sun was again shining the whole way til Liverpool. It was a very long ride with two stops. We arrived in Liverpool at 3 pm and could visit the town afterwards. Our hotel was again an Ibis hotel and the Internet rates expensive. I really don't understand why in most of the cafés, pubs and restaurants WiFi is free and in Hotels you pay a fortune. Even Skype is expensive.
There was a WW 2 celebration for marines taking place in Liverpool and the city was crowded with marines, war ships etc. We went along the habour and walked a little through the city center. Liverpool is not a very beautiful town it's very industrial and was rather poor and you still can see that. Fortunately the Beatles brought masses of tourists to the city !
And wherever you go you see the Beatles ! On the way to the habour was the Beatle shop and the Beatle museum. We made a tour in the shop, it was interesting to see, the Beatles on cups, plates, T-shirts as dolls, in short on everthing possible.
After supper some of us went with our guide to the place where the Beatles had started their career. The place was a basement called "The Cavern". Just besides "The Cavern" was a restaurant or hotel I don't know exactly what, with Beatle sculptures on the front side.
We then went inside ! We went down 3 floors to the cave and there was a group playing but so loud that I hardly could hear what they were playing. I thought when I was going dancing at least you could hear the music. It was so full that I didn't stay long, just the time to take some pictures and then I went outside, while Ilona stayed inside for a while and danced with all the others ! It was fun ! I observed the people who came out, one girl was so drunken that she could hardly walk on her high heels ! It was really interesting. Then we walked slowly back to our hotel.
Tomorrow we are off to a more intellectual visit ... Shakespeare in Stratford on Avon. I should also meet a cat there which a blogfriend had photographed and written about ! Would be too funny if I would see the cat too !