I’m not going to lie to you and say I’m writing this blog post because I’ve been to somewhere I’d never been before, because I’ve been to Liverpool many many times, but I finally got to show Rob around the city today and we had such a lovely time.
When we first arrived we walked straight into the city centre to have a look round the shops at Liverpool One, and so Rob could drop his phone off a the Apple Store to get fixed – whoops! It was pouring down with rain, which made Rob a bit miserable, but for me it’s part of the city’s charm that even in the pouring rain it’s still a great place to be!
After we’d dropped off the phone and done a bit of shopping, I thought we could do some sight-seeing, so we headed up to the Cavern Club and saw the Cilla Black and John Lennon statues, and just around the corner, Eleanor Rigby. I can’t say I’ve been to Liverpool many times without stopping by these statues, which are true hidden gems of the city, tucked away down side streets waiting to be discovered by newcomers.
After posing for some pictures with Our Cilla and our John, we headed back to Liverpool One and had some yummy food. When I left my job at the KM in December the guys in the office kindly bought me a Wagamama’s voucher as part of my leaving present, so we thought some spicy food would be a good call on such a cold and rainy day!
I am officially the worst for always having the same thing in chain restaurants, but I know what I like dammit! I did think I could try something new however, so along with my usual of chilli squid and chicken katsu, I ordered one of their fresh squeezed juices, imaginatively called ‘juice’. I’m a massive fan of passionfruit, and the ‘juice’ juice had plenty of that, as well as apple and orange. Rob went for the ‘power’ juice, made up of spinach, apple and ginger. They were so yummy, and so much better for me than the coke I would usually order!
The Liverpool One Wagamama is on the Terrace of the shopping centre, which offers great views across the city, including to our next stop, The Albert Docks and Waterfront.
Apart from being stopped and asked random questions by some school-kids, the docks and waterfront were, as usual, my favourite part of the day. The docks are home to plenty of eateries and shops, as well as The Beatles Experience and TATE Liverpool.
I’ve resolved to go back to TATE Liverpool at some point before June to see the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition they’re currently got running, which is completely free to view, as if I needed more convincing!
We then walked along to the Liver Buildings and the Mersey Ferry terminal, where of course we could hear that great Gerry and the Pacemakers song blasting out across the water. We also saw the new statue of the Fantastic Four, which is just great, but made me feel even tinier than usual when I stood next to it! Thankfully the rain had died off by that point but it was still bitterly cold on the waterfront – I wouldn’t have had it any other way!
All in all a great day out in one of my favourite places on the planet, and even the rain didn’t dampen Rob’s spirits, with him rating it as ‘very nice’ – quite something for my man of few words!