When I think of England, there are a few things that immediately come to mind. With Harry Potter being number ONE, the Beatles are a close second. :)
When I realized that Liverpool was only an hour train ride away from Manchester (home of the Beatles), I knew I wanted to take a day and check things out. So I talked the team into taking the ride with me.
Because we were a little pressed for time, I had picked three things I wanted to see.
1. Abbey Road
Okay, here is where I should have done a little bit more research.
As soon as we got off the train, we started looking for our best route to Abbey Road.
Color me surprised when we couldn’t find it. I know I had done a search before leaving home and I KNOW I had seen something about Abbey Road in Liverpool. But… one of our other team members did a search and nope, Abbey Road is in London.
So, we went on to the next place on my list.
2. The Beatles Museum
When we arrived at the location for the Beatles Story, I realized that when I had completed my search for Abbey Road, it had listed the replica that was located inside the museum. Okay, it makes sense. Still, next time I will do better research.
Because we were on a time crunch and the rest of the team didn’t want to stay, we only saw a portion of the exhibit. Then I stopped off in the store to grab some cool memorabilia.
As we were heading to our next stop, we passed some of the very cool houseboats that were docked and I couldn’t help but take a few pictures of those, too. I can’t imagine living on these, but there were definitely cool to look at. How about that yellow submarine???
3. Liverpool Christmas Market
We had passed this on our way to The Beatles Story, so backtracked to do some shopping at our second Christmas Market for our England trip.
This was pretty cool and half of our team headed off to do some shopping, while the rest of us grabbed a beer and mulled wine.
This was a much smaller Christmas Market than the one we visited in Manchester, so after about an hour of looking around, we decided to head over to another shopping area.
All morning long we were curious as to why we were seeing so many people dressed in similar Santa suits.
When we saw this sign, it all made sense. We asked and found out they had just run their Santa 10K that morning. How fun would that have been?
When we found the center of the shopping area we were looking for, we split up and everyone headed off in separate directions.
Listening to the band play Silent Night really put me in the holiday spirit.
Seeing this Santa dog doing tricks for the crowd was fun.
And I loved their version of a Christmas tree that was sitting in the town center.
We were all getting a little hungry, so decided to hunt up a pub to grab a bite to eat. I don’t know how we discovered The Beehive, but I am soooo thankful we lucked out with this one.
This place was seriously cool. The waitstaff was so nice. The inside of the pub just epitomized what I thought a traditional English pub would look like.
The food was AMAZING!!!!
And the decorations were super cute (and hilarious - see the reindeer).
We did have a great time in Liverpool. I, of course, bought wayyyy too much.
But I loved that I had this opportunity to spend even a few hours in this wonderful city. I definitely would like to spend more time. Maybe on our next trip…
Come back next week as we make our way to London!