Several Thoughts about Liverpool

Using the occasion of Grand National Race, we went to spend a weekend in Liverpool area. Liverpool was the first big city of England that we really visited and not just passed by, spent a stopover or stayed for a night. Was it a good experience? Yes and no, but it did all but left us indifferent.

The Beatles are really loved.

It couldn’t be otherwise, could it? But it often happens, that the inhabitants of the birthplace of some celebrity tend to roll their eyes when talking about this very celebrity. No, Liverpool is not this case. They do love and do listen just like everyone to the legendary Beatles without abusing with relevant merchandize (though I never said there wasn’t any). Anyway, the Matthew Street can’t be avoided by any single tourist of Liverpool.

Liverpool, the Beatles. Mathew street

Liverpool, the Beatles. Mathew street

Liverpool, the Beatles. Mathew street

Big English cities are not exactly our type.

Like I said, we haven’t explored thoroughly big English cities, however, we had a short look at London and Newcastle and honestly, it was quite deceiving. Unfortunately, here, maintaining the architectural style and historical buildings isn’t a priority. After the war, English cities were heavily damaged, but their reconstruction leaves a lot to be desired. Sadly, it happened to almost all destroyed towns, but here even the new buildings don’t correspond to any existing style, which makes Liverpool not really interesting to visit from this point of view.

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

Museum of Liverpool is fantastic.

Not only is it perfectly made and organized even for the less interested in history people, but also it is free. An impressive and interactive place, which tells the whole history of Liverpool from A to Z. We didn’t have enough of it. Most of all we were impressed by a short movie “The Rise and Fall of British Empire” – something that gives a lot to think about.

Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

Bitter feeling that the history is an endless spiral.

We left Liverpool with hard feelings. It used to be a powerful industrial city in a country, which invented and actually made the industrial revolution in the first place. Nothing is left here now. Huge docks of Liverpool are demolished, except for a little piece left for tourist amusement. However, in spite of this, Liverpool possesses quite important harbor. Factories that used to boil with life are closed and abandoned. Lonely creepy places. The UK, as well as the majority of European countries, moved the industry to Asia. Even if life during the years of Industrial blossoming was far from being easy and happy (poverty, childwork, unhuman conditions, horrible destinies), it is the way that the countries become powerful (and exactly the way that China is getting more and more influential these days). If you don’t conquer and smash, you will be smashed and conquered instead. That’s the way we are, and it can’t be different. Liverpool reminded us about it once again.

Liverpool, Albert Dock

Liverpool, Albert Dock

Liverpool, Albert Dock

More of Liverpool.

And finally several shots from the streets of Liverpool.

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, China town

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Liverpool, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was Liverpool and I think, we loved it.

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Thoughts about Liverpool

2017-05-13T13:06:12+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|

4 Comments

  1. Jana Sunday May 1st, 2016 at 01:35 PM - Reply

    I’ve moved to Liverpool almost 8 months ago and I would say many of these points really depend on the way you look at the city. Maybe it also depends on how much time you spend here but for me, also an expat, Liverpool is about something else. Yes, the docks are abandoned but the city is trying hard and you can see there’s been a lot going on in the past few years (I visited before). Also the architecture is quite unique, yes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. For me personally, the contrast of modern, old and different styles is what makes Liverpool special. Or the whole country perhaps. It just depends on how you’re willing to look at it or a personal preference :)
    I’ve just come across your blog and enjoyed reading it so I thought I would comment on this. Also, the Liverpool Museum is really fab, I agree with that :D

    • independentpeople Monday May 2nd, 2016 at 08:32 AM - Reply

      Jana, we liked Liverpool despite anything, it’s just that we didn’t expect at all English (big) cities to be so mismatched in architectural terms. Otherwise, we don’t have anything against them. I’m from Ukraine myself, so I assure you that our government didn’t care too much about beautiful looks of the destroyed cities after the WW II either, but that is what makes them so special :) Thanks for your meaningful comment, if you ever pass by our beautiful Yorkshire Coast – we’d be happy to meet you!
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      • Jana Monday May 2nd, 2016 at 08:52 AM - Reply

        So sad I didn’t come across your blog sooner, I was in York last weekend! However Yorkshire Coast looks too tempting not to go there again :) Also, I loved the reportage from Grand National, I wanted to go but I ended up going home for Easter and my dentist appointment was that week (boring adult stuff haha). I’m also amazed by how drunk the “ladies” can get and how they manage to walk outside half naked. I think that’s just an English thing? Not at all glamorous, though…
        If you ever come back to Liverpool or the area around here, I’d be happy to meet you too! :)

        • independentpeople Monday May 2nd, 2016 at 10:14 AM - Reply

          Well, York is quite far from, but on the coast there are several beautiful towns like Staithes and Whitby that we would recommend to visit if you’ll have an occasion. Grand National changed my life forever, that was a fantastic event from sociological point of view :D Don’t miss it next year!
          By the way, there is a joke about the “toughest people in the world”: the Greenlanders and English girls on Friday evening in January. Oh god, so true, even in our tiny Saltburn. :D

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