We celebrated my sixth consecutive birthday in the UK by going to my favorite city of all time, Liverpool!
First, we went to the Maritime Museum--they have a really interesting section on the merchant marines, a special exhibit about the Titanic's centennial, and a section on customs & border control.
In the section about emigration, they had an oil painting of the ship that my great-grandma and her parents & sister sailed on from Liverpool to New York (specifically to Ellis Island, where we went for Richard's birthday in January!)
It's so crazy to think that they were here...
Festive Albert Dock
The white modern looking building on the left is the Museum of Liverpool that opened last year
The view from our hotel room--very close to Albert Dock and Liverpool One
Christmas Market downtown--this snowglobe looks ridiculously fun
The Hard Days Night Hotel has their Beatles statues decked out for Christmas, too
Shopping in Metquarter--we stumbled across a school orchestra performing songs from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. They were really good, and the kids only looked about 12!
I love this time of year...
En route to Liverpool Cathedral, we went through Chinatown
Inside the Cathedral--we went to a Santa Lucia service, there was a choir visiting from Sweden touring around with a minister from the Church of Sweden in London
After the service, we went to dinner at the Phil--the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, across from the Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street. When a reporter asked John Lennon what he missed most about his old, pre-fame life, he said "having a quiet pint at the Phil."
It really is very cool inside--we had dinner & a pint. (I forgot to take pictures, so these are borrowed from Google images...)
View from the Museum of Liverpool
The Liver Building and the Customs House