Thursday, September 11, 2014

What I did in Liverpool: Day 3

Our third and final in Liverpool started with standing among thousands of people to catch a glimpse of The Giants. Memories of August 1914 is a commemorative event to mark this August being 100 years since World War I began. It was a spectacular street performance with gigantic models making their way around Liverpool, for more about their story read here. After the buzz, crowds and heat of the parade we went somewhere a little cooler and relaxed to learn about the Beatles. The Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition about the band. It tells their fascinating story from the very beginning, has audio to tell the story throughout and is simply an explosion of color, sound and information. After all that information we were just plain starving, so we headed to The Slug and Lettuce for some lunch. We both had burgers, I had the Swiss, and they were just what we needed, tasty and filling. Before we left Liverpool we visited a few landmarks central to The Beatles; The Grapes pub where the Beatles used to drink before playing at The Cavern, as it didn't serve alcohol back then. I love visiting museums to learn about new places but there is nothing quite like visiting the real landmarks where history was made. After that all there was left to do was grab our suitcases and bid farewell to Liverpool a great city that I can't recommend enough for a girly trip. 

Next up in my travel posts is my trip to York and then in a few days I'm off to Sorrento so I guess I better get packing!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

What I did in Liverpool: Day 2 & Shopping Guide

On our second day in Liverpool we awoke early for a very tasty buffet breakfast, then my sister happily scurried off to her makeup lessons at Peaches & Cream. While she was occupied for a few hours I explored the city some more, being a little culture vulture in the museum and visiting Beatles landmarks. After her lessons we meet up at TGI Friday's for some very tasty food. After that it was shopping time, there is a ridiculous amount of shops to root through in Liverpool so there's something for everyone. I thought I'd make a mini list of some of the places we shopped for anyone looking to visit Liverpool and do a spot of shopping. 

Liverpool Shopping:

Liverpool One- Has more than 160 high street shops including Bank, H&M, Hollister, New Look and Office. It also has an Odeon cinema and plenty of places to eat like GBK, Pizza Express, Nando's and TGI Friday's. Perfect for: Those who love the high street and having alot of choice. 
Metquarter- Has shops including Jack Wills, All Saints, Armani Exchange, Kurt Geiger, Jo Malone, Mac and Illamasqua. Perfect for: If you're feeling like treating yourself and splashing out a little. Also If you're looking to embrace the incredibly glam Liverpool look drop into Miss Francesca Couture for show stopping pieces worn by celebs like Michelle Keegan. 
Cavern Walks- Shops here include Vivienne Westwood, Cricket and Boudoir Boutique. Perfect for: If you're looking for a statement item for a night out drop into the beautiful Boudoir Boutique which is crammed full of treasures. 
St Johns Shopping Centre- There's 100 shops in the center and also St Johns Market. Perfect for: If you're looking for a cute outfit, statement necklace, handbag or new a pair of shoes with a bargain price tag. My sister loved it here
Peaches & Cream- A makeup studio where you can get your makeup done, hair styled and buy amazing accessories. Perfect for: A glam makeover or picking up a few glittery pressies from Liverpool. 

Also you'll find 100's of shops on Bold Street and City Central BID so honestly if you're looking to shop til you drop Liverpool is perfect. This is just a list of where we went shopping, I'm sure lots of you will have more recommendations and I'd love to hear them! To see what I bought click here I'm trying out bigger images on the blog what do you think?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What I did in Liverpool: Day 1

We arrived in Liverpool after a short flight and bus ride for our sister break to warm sunny weather. We dropped our bags at the hotel reception immediately and began our exploring. My sister being the avid shopper she is made a beeline straight for Liverpool One. After a quick pitstop in the huge Primark it was time for some lunch. We settled on Pizza Express because I love their thin pizza bases. I had the Legggera Pollo ad Astra: chicken, mozzarella, sweet peppers, spices, garlic oil, red onions and a little salad in the middle to keep it light.  
After a little mid day nap to tackle the tiredness from getting up at 3 we were fresh as daisies to do some more wandering in the city. The city looked so beautiful and buzzing with people enjoying the sunshine. We strolled along Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey where you can visit the Tate Liverpool and the Beatles Story. There is a Mondrian and his studios exhibition on in the Tate Liverpool until 5 October if you are a fan of his work. 
Next on the agenda was the Museum of Liverpool, there was so much to look at in this fascinating museum that I actually visited it twice in the 3 days I was here. It's a free of charge and has a diverse mix of exhibitions that really tell you the story of Liverpool and it's people. 
There was a fascinating and inspiring exhibition on in the museum, April Ashley: portrait of a lady, about a former Vogue model and actress who was one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The exhibition runs until 7 December 2014, so if you're around for it definitely give it a look.  
After shopping, a little culture and sunning ourselves, it was high time for desert. So we headed over to T,G.I Friday's in Liverpool One for a sugar hit. I had the Cookie Dough Cheesecake which was just ridiculously tasty and my sister had a serious Rocky Road Sundae. Then it was time to roll into our super comfy hotel beds with stacks of magazines to veg out in front of the TV. BLISS  
Have you been to Liverpool? What are your recommendations?

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