|First through was a very shiny Mochyn Du|
|Followed by equally very shiny Derwent6|
|AmyJo nestles a good 10 feet longer than her jetty|
|Pier head Basin and in the foreground an art bar. Not sure what is art and what is bar here|
|The famous Liver birds on the Liver Building|
An alternative version says that the male bird is looking in to watch over and protect the families of the seamen. Local legend also holds that the birds face away from each other as, if were they to mate and fly away, the city would cease to exist. In fact, they were indeed designed to watch the city (our people) and the sea (our prosperity). Another legend says that if an honest man and a virgin woman were to fall in love in front of the liver birds that the couple of liver birds that are in statue form would come to life and fly away, and Liverpool would cease to exist.
One has no reference of scale when you see the birds on the building but in the museum there is a life size model of the birds Chris is 5ft 4 so here you can see just how big they actually are
|Chris dwarfed by the Liver bird model|
On Tuesday we took a trip on the open to bus like this one
|City tour bus|
|St Lukes the "Bombed out church"|
In the spring of 1941, the German Luftwaffe carry out a series of devastating raids on Liverpool over a seven day period, which will become known as the May Blitz. During the Blitz, St Luke’s was hit by an incendiary device. The building blazed for three days leaving only the burnt-out shell of the former church. It has since been nicknamed "the bombed-out church"
It now stands as a memorial to those who were lost in the war, and is also a venue for exhibitions and events.
|Imperial or Millennium Arch|
The arch was a gift from Shanghai, a city twinned with Liverpool and was shipped over, piece by piece in 5 large containers. It was assembled in 2000 by 28 Chinese builders that accompanied it, erected in time for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations held in Liverpool's Chinatown every year.
Protected by two bronze lions, and placed correctly with the principles of Feng Shui. The archway in all its glory simply states one thing, Zhong Guo Cheng or simply translated "Chinatown."
|The Catholic Cathedral or Paddy's wigwam as the locals call it|
|Beautiful interior of the cathedral and such a calm place to be.|
|Philharmonic Dining Rooms|
|Hope Street Suitcases|
Its positioning was altered in 2006 in the course of the upgrade of Hope Street's public realm, when the area was levelled and seating and a tree were added. The view down Mount Street to the River Mersey is stunning.
There is a noticeboard alongside with a numbered diagram which gives information about who or where the some of the suitcases and packages 'belong'. Those cases with 'owners' are marked by labels which are explained on the noticeboard.
On Wednesday we retraced our steps on the bus and went up the tower of the Liverpool Cathedral. Designed by London born George Gilbert Scott. At 21 he won a competition in 1902 for his design which he created in his spare time. It was not completed until 1970 and is one of the last "traditional" styled cathedrals to be built.
|The sheer scale of the main area is stunning|
|Unusual circular bell layout|
|Looking North across the Mersey river and the sea in the distance|
|Salterhouse dock, AmyJo is just behind the building on the right next to the blue boat|
|Impressive entrance tower to the cathedral.|
|Our Ferry, one of three ferrys, Snowdrop, in her Razzle Dazzle colours approaching our ferry terminal|
There has been a ferry service ever since and is reportedly the oldest continuous ferry crossing in Europe.
|The new working dock further down the river|
|One of several ventilation shafts for the Mersey tunnels|
The trip is a triangular one first stopping at Birkenhead then on further up river where we got off to view the Submarine story.
German submarine U-534 is a Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II. She was built in 1942 in Hamburg-Finkenwerder by Deutsche Werft AG as yard number 352. She was launched on 23 September 1942 and commissioned on 23 December with Oberleutnant zur See Herbert Nollau in command.
The U-boat is one of only four German World War II submarines in preserved condition remaining in the world, another being the IXC boat U-505 in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. U-534 was used mainly for training duties, and during her service she sank no other ships. A Royal Air Force bomber sank her on 5 May 1945 in the Kattegat 20 kilometres northeast of the Danish island of Anholt. U-534 was salvaged in 1993 and since February 2009 has been on display in Birkenhead, England as part of the U-boat Story.
The sub has been cut into 5 sections with glass panel across the cut allowing you to see the inner workings at various points through the hull.
|This is the center section and the ballast tank controls|
|The electric motor room|
|Damage caused by the depth charge from the aircraft that sank her|
|The U-534 center viewed from the ferry on our return|
|John singing and getting the crowd to join in|
|Wall of fame. There is a picture of the Beatles stood in front of this wall|
|As you would expect the place was packed and this was a Wednesday!|
|Many artists have performed here at some point and have left signed guitars which are now on display along the walls|
In early 1960 the Beat Music scene in Liverpool exploded and the Cavern Club became the most publicised pop music venue in the world. The Beatles first performed there on 9th Feb 1961
The Cavern was demolished in 1973 to make way for a shopping center but reopened 10 years later on part of the same site using reclaimed bricks from the original building.
Opposite the club is a bronze Statue of Cilla Black who died in 2015. She started work as a cloakroom attendant at the club. It was commissioned by Cilla's sons Robert, Ben and Jack Willis, who said they backed the idea after being moved by the response from the city following their mother's death. We would be seeing another memorial for Cilla elsewhere soon.
|Cilla's Statue outside the Cavern Club|
|We sat with drinks in hand just admiring this view. A fab place to be at night|
Most interesting is the fact from this vantage point one can see the whole of the docks and link from Stanley Locks right into Salterhouse dock.
|Here one can see Tobacco warehouse on the right and Stanley and Salibury Docks on the left.|
Just on the edge of the view is Victoria clock tower. The tall structure in the middle is another ventilation shaft for the tunnels.
|In this view one can just see Sid's ditch leading to Clarence dock|
|Zoomed in view of Sid's Ditch|
|Enjoying coffee after our meal|
|West Tower where Panoramic 34 is located|
|on the top floor|