So why did nobody tell me how great Liverpool is? I definitely think that this is one city that isn't given anywhere near the amount of credit it deserves! It's an incredibly exciting and vibrant place and one that practically begs you to take photos of it so settle in for a nice, long picture post!
A few weeks ago, Vicky and Michele and I drove up there one Friday evening to see our old housemates, Lauren and Frankie. We drove all the way from Exeter - it was a pretty epic road trip in the end, especially as Vicky's car radio is a little bit broken and likes to jump all over the place so we were alternating between a nice bit of Friday night Radio 1 and Classic FM.
By the time we got to Lauren's, it was pretty late. We'd arranged the trip as a surprise for Frankie who has since gone to Australia for a year of travelling/finding herself/post-uni gap yah. She was definitely surprised but no overwhelmed tears were shed to our disappointment.
We snuggled up on the sofas for a catch up over frizzante and chocolate cake before heading to bed and sleeping the journey off.
But the next morning was our full day in Liverpool!
We started off in the aquarium inside the Liverpool World Museum. Seeing as the weather was fairly grey and miserable in the morning, we planned out a tour of all the brilliant free museums around the city.
Before leaving, we popped upstairs to take a look at the planetarium and see if we could squeeze a quick show in. There was one due to start in about 15 minutes but it was aimed at toddlers which we thought we could overlook until we saw the posters and realised that it probably wasn't going to be the immersive space experience we were after!
Photos weren't allowed in the exhibition which is such a shame but here are some pictures from the exhibition book and from around the web because I loved them so much I just couldn't not share them!
This kind of art is right up my street with a huge nod to realism mixed in with a very decent dose of quirk. I bought the exhibition catalogue because I couldn't bear the idea of forgetting so many of the paintings. When I was doing my art GCSE, we were given an incredibly boring still life of a guitar leaning against a window with a view of concrete blocks of flats in the background to work with, using oil pastels. I promptly fabricated an alien invasion occurring behind the guitar and window pane - my art teacher was a little bemused, if only I'd known about Macdonald's work and I could have claimed that I was inspired!
Afterwards I took a little wander around some of the permanent collections where photography is allowed woo!
The detail and almost photographic portrayal of everyday life in this one was absolutely fascinating to stand and look at for a while.
Having made the most of Liverpool's free wares, we went off to spend some money.
We started off with this old beauty, the church of St. Luke, that was bombed out during the second World War and still stands today as an eerily beautiful reminder of the past.
Smashed pea and ricotta bruschetta:
We practically waddled back to the train and went home to put our feet up (and admittedly eat more chocolate!)
Tune in again for more Liverpudlian adventures!