Sunday, August 7, 2005


I was in Paris on a business trip for more than two months and was planning for one of the weekends. I really wanted somewhere outside of France this time. Eventually, the decision was to go to Liverpool because I studied there and looked like it was a good time to visit my friends as well as some familiar places.

EasyJet flew from Paris CDG to Liverpool, so it looked absolutely good for me. Upon arriving, my friend picked me up from John Lennon Airport.

Most tourists who come to Liverpool are either football or Beatles’ fans, so this city is not touristy at all by the British standard.

I chose first to visit the Pier Head and Albert Dock beside the River Mersey. The Royal Liver Building, a recognised landmark with two copper Liver Birds perched on top of the towers was completed in 1911. Together with The Cunard and the Port of Liverpool buildings they dominate the skyline of the waterfront in Liverpool.

I then moved on from the Pier Head to take some more photos at Albert Dock. With docks and five warehouses surrounding it, Albert Dock was opened in 1846 but became less important in the 1990’s and closed down in 1972. It currently houses restaurants, galleries, museums, shops, offices and of course the Beatles Story (a museum that exhibits everything about the fabulous four).

That evening after dinner, my friend and I had a few drinks in some pubs on Mathew Street.

Next day, I went to visit the two cathedrals. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Roman Catholic is a circular building with striking modern design built in the late 1960’s. The other one, the Gothic style Anglican Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Britain.

Before going to the airport for the evening flight back to Paris, I visited the University of Liverpool in the city centre and the home ground of Liverpool Football Club.

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