a little bit of everything and a whole lot of film

31 Dec 2017


Liverpool. The land that gave birth to the Beatles. Courtney Love's old stomping grounds. Home to some of the best universities in the UK. Vibrant art scene. Insane night life. I had to go visit.

My stay was short but sweet and yet I managed to squeeze in most of the must see's and must do's.

A night out at a music club.
I love places that have so much character and this one has them in spades. For some insane reason which I will chalk up to impending senility, I cannot, for the life of me, remember what this pub was called but it was near Liverpool's Lime Street station. As soon as you walk through the door, you are immediately swept off your feet - the energy from the the performers and the crowd is palpable and contagious. Everyone is EVERYONE'S friend. Just my kind of place.

Dinner in Chinatown.
This one was at Sapporo Teppanyaki, where each table is equipped with its own grill station and comes with your very own Teppanyaki grill master, who aims to bedazzle you with his egg tossing skills. Be prepared for an extravaganza all throughout your meal. Tip - make sure you swallow your drinks immediately as you sip them. If you get caught mid sip whilst an egg is being tossed your way, then boy I feel you. Also Sapporo is the place to bring your shy friend on his/her birthday, make sure to tell the manager about the birthday and your friend will either love you or hate you for the rest of your life. Verdict: amazing food, wide selection of libations, grill exhibitions - all in all, good fun.

Met this doll, Natalie
Uni Tour.
I was lucky enough to be bunking with a friend who just so happens to live in a uni house so I was spectacularly treated to a tour of The University of Liverpool. Just look at the buildings. The architecture alone made me want to go back to school.

Victoria Building

Crown Place

Hope Street's Suitcases by John King


Visit the place where John Lennon was born. I have no words.

Visit the churches.
Two to be exact. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, a Catholic church and Liverpool Cathedral, an Anglican church. They are about half a mile from each other and is linked by a street called Hope Street which is, in my opinion, somehow poetic.

The Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral

A visit to The One Liverpool
Ah, shopping - always a nice must do which I so happily will oblige. I sadly have no photos taken at The One as by then my feet had begun to, quite frankly, die. Tip: please wear comfortable shoes at all costs. So my forays at The One was spent mostly alternating between crying out and looking for comfortable shoes. James, if you are reading this, you are an absolute angel for not leaving me that day as I probably would have left ME that day.

Eat as much as you can, wherever you can.  
We had a lovely meal at La Tasca, a Spanish tapas place. Please try the boquerones, they are delish. Then for breakfast, I prepared a Filipino breakfast buffet - garlic fried rice, Tapsilog, grilled pork strips with soy and onion dipping sauce and  sautéed green beans. Did I mention I was staying at a uni house? Needless to say, the food went down a treat.

Well what can I say Liverpool? You now have a piece of my heart.

The Lads and I
The last 2 photos were taken on a Holga 135bc TLR camera and Fuji Superia 200 film.

Michelle, ma belle
These are words that go together well
My Michelle

Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont très bien ensemble
Très bien ensemble

I love you, I love you, I love you
That's all I want to say
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that
You'll understand
The Beatles

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