Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 149, Liverpool - Random pictures from Liverpool

Hello there! Long time no see again, I know. I'm not a good blogger. So last time I wrote we were in Sweden enjoying the snow and cuddling with the cat. My cat might be one of the most spoilt creatures on earth btw, but reversed. He only eats his dried catfood. Even salmon and tuna is rejected. We have tried EVERYTHING, and all he eats is still the cheapest crap available. Stupid cat. Anyway, since then I have managed to finish 3 essays for uni, they were short but as usual I started late. Hopefully they will score alright. I've also been appointed team captain for my riding team which is very honouring and will probably end up being lots of work...

Now, back to the real topic I had on hand. In June I went to Liverpool for the first time, and actually managed to get some pictures taken. As you all know my blog is not very picture heavy, manly because I am not very good at transferring my pictures to the laptop. Now I managed to finally do that, so here are some pictures for you!



 This is Museum of Liverpool and its located by the waterfront, just by the Albert Docks. We were a bit unlucky with this, since it closed just as we came by. I am yet to actually go in there and have a look, but I had to put up this picture anyway since I like the look of the building. It is actually really long but I only captured the end of it.



 These are the Three Graces, from left to right they are the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. These are also by the waterfront (the museum is actually to my right) and the place is also known as the Pier Head. Its an UNESCO World Heritage Site, so luckily all these three are well protected.



Now the pictures are coming a bit at random, which is because I uploaded them and then failed royally at rearranging them. You have to forgive me. Here we have the Liverpool Cathedral, or the Anglican cathedral, one of the most magnificent buildings I have ever seen. This cathedral belongs to the church of England, and the road you can see leads right up to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral via Hope Street (Where 60 Hope Street is, the restaurant I got to go to for my birthday!). The Metropolitan cathedral is catholic, and holds a crypt that is supposed to be absolutely amazing. Unfortunately I have no picture of the  but its a sight to behold. We didn't get to go down into the crypt when we visited because it was closed (Of course...) but its on my list.

 

Here we have the magnificent Albert Docks, which are several buildings built around a dock, you can go in and have a look at the basin it creates, which is what we have done here. These buildings were the first to be built using only bricks, stones and cast iron in Britain. The buildings held warehouses making it possible for the ships to offload straight into them. lately the ships used are too big to fit in through the opening, but it is still used for cargo.

 

This is the River Mersey and it is an impressive 112 km long! It holds the Port of Liverpool where the infamous White Star Line were based. I was hoping that this meant that Titanic went in here down the Mersey since Port of Liverpool was the home port of Titanic. However, Titanic never actually went here, but was merely registered under this port because of the WSL base. Might be worth mentioning that the RMS Lusitania, famous from the WW1 also had her home port here.

 


Port of Liverpool building







This one is interesting, it used to be a church, the Church of St Luke, built 1811-1831. During the WW2 it was hit with an incendiary bomb causing the inside to burn out completely, leaving only the shell. It is now commonly known as the bombed-out church and you will even get directed to the proper wikipedia page if you type in that on Google. The shell is still standing (as seen here...) and is covered with vegetation on the inside. I desperately wanted to go inside and see what it was like but all the doors were locked. Earlier this year a man was found hanged in here. If the bombed out shell wasn't creepy enough that surely sealed the deal.


 This is the entrance to the Anglican cathedral, I was interested in catching the little chapel in the front in a picture, unfortunately that godawful banner in front ruined those plans.


 


I meant to write inbetween these pictures but blogger wont let me so here goes: the first picture is a big marble tile on the floor of the Anglican cathedral with the architects name on. Its so very beautiful with the beams around and the marble stone I just had to take a picture. The picture is also in a way a tribute to David since he is also an architect and I felt I really wanted that picture. The second picture is a part of the ceiling. Its blurry, I apologise for that, but look at that perfect symmetry! So impressive, I'll never get over the awe I feel when I see huge constructions like this, knwoing how old it is!





These two are really interesting! Huge as the Anglican Cathedral is, it was supposed to be even grander. This is the model that shows how it was supposed to look like. Unfortunately, the money ran out and they had to make do with what we can see now. However, just the model in itself is a work of art. Its so intricate, with the smallest details right down to the stained glass windows cut out. I was mesmerised by this, walking around it several times to look closer.


Complimentary artsy shot of David admiring the ceiling. The light really hit here, hehe.





 I tried to capture the beautiful windows but it was no use with merely a Iphone camera. You can see them a little in the first one though!


 Here I wanted to picture the beautiful rainbows the windows create when the sun hit through the coloured glass. See how it glimmers on the walls? The effect was absolutely stunning in real life,  but of course impossible to capture for me.

So, thats what I had, hopefully I can manage to take some more pictures on a sunny day!

M xx

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  1. I am just passing through, Nice pictures, I am looking through blogs today to get some ideas for my blog. I hope you don't mind. Thanks

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