"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Sioux under General
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With my assignment complete, I was looking forward to an enjoyable break. I had accommodation arranged at a lovely little flatlet with everything we needed for the time we were there.

 

Paul had spent a few days in London with his brother and was now headed north to Liverpool. After meeting up with him at the nearby station, and getting our luggage unpacked, we took full advantage of the long days and good weather, with our first visit being Birkenhead Park, a public park area I had visited a few times, and it was literally a 5 minute walk from the flatlet. 

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Entrance to Birkenhead park. 

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One little squirrel was quite keen on the

crisp crumbs I threw on the ground, but the birds beat him

to the tidbits and he left empty handed!

We walked through Birkenhead Park and on to the church of Christ the King, a Birkenhead Priory Parish. Constructed in red sandstone, with a Welsh slate roof, the church was built between 1846 and 1850, and the chancel more than doubled in length in 1892–93. Originally dedicated to Saint Anne, the dedication was changed to Christ the King in 1991. The two manual-pipe organ was built in 1878. The interior of the church has been subdivided with some of the rooms now being used as a soup-kitchen and dining hall for the less fortunate residents in the area. We were made to feel more than welcome and were even offered a meal or cup of tea! 

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From there we took a train to Crosby Beach and the Anton Gormley sculptures,to see what sunset would offer but the wind was so cold and harsh, we didn’t even make it onto the beach, and instead made for the warm interior of a nearby pub, then back to the station and into the city centre & Albert Docks for sunset. 

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According to popular legend, the Liverbirds are a male and female pair, the female looking out to sea, watching for the seamen to return safely home, while the male looks towards the city, making sure the pubs are open.

 

An alternative version says that the male bird is looking in to watch over and protect the families of the seamen. Local legend also states that the birds face away from each other as, if were they to mate and fly away, the city would cease to exist. They were actually designed to watch the city (the people) and the sea (their prosperity). 

Crude telescope near the Liverpool docks, with the Royal Liver building in background, adorned with the famous Liver birds, facing opposite directions.

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A memorial to the men who fought in the Atlantic battles during 1939-1945, with the Offices of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board in the background. Completed in 1907 this impressive structure is in the style of a Renaissance palace with cupolas at its corners with a large classical church dome on a high drum in the centre. 

The lateness of sunset made for long days and it was well past 9pm when both the cold and dark chased us indoors and we finally called it a day. It took a while before we found a pub still serving food though.

 

Hungers sated and thirsts quenched, it was back to the station and home. Tomorrow was an early rise, with much sightseeing planned.  

 

3 responses to “Seeing the City of Culture with new eyes #1 – first time visit to the UK.”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Love your pictures and info S! You are such an inspiration!

  2. Pauline Smith says:

    Ahhh shame, poor squirrel. He’ll have to move quicker than that.
    Lovely pics of you and Paul.

  3. Paul says:

    It certainly was an eye opener for me. But Sioux, having worked in the area, was able to take me to the “out of the way places”. Watch the next couple of posts for our travels about Liverpool.

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