- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Liverpool
Liverpool people are boss!! Maybe I’m biased, but I reckon Scousers are some of the friendliest, funniest and down to earth people in the world. I’ve lived and worked in 10 UK cities, and I still think Liverpool is number one. Although I’d say Belfast and Newcastle come pretty close…
On the bus, in the street, in the corner shop, Scousers love a good chat, a bit of banter and to help you out. It’s not surprising that a lot of the UK’s best loved comedians come from here. If you don’t believe me, take a little peek at this post by Janice Waugh, who met an array of friendly Liverpudlians on her travels. People watching is also amazing in Liverpool. There are a lot of characters! And keep an eye out for the girls walking round with rollers in their hair and the dreaded ‘Scouse Brow’ scousebirdproblems. Plus, you’ll love the accent, even if you don’t always understand it.
Liverpool and the surrounding area has some stunning beaches and they’re a great place to catch the sunset. There’s Formby Beach, not strictly in Liverpool, but it has a Liverpool postcode so I can include it! Formby Beach is spectacular and huge, backed by sand dunes and pine woods, perfect for nature walks!
Then just 6 miles north of the city centre is Crosby Beach, home to Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’, an art installation made up of 100 cast-iron, lifesize statues, known locally as ‘the iron men’. Each statue stands alone, staring out over the sea in silent contemplation.
The artist explains that his piece “harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature. The seaside is a good place to do this.” He continues, “It is no hero, no ideal, just the industrially reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe, facing a horizon busy with ships moving materials and manufactured things around the planet.”
I visit this beach often. I’m not sure why. It’s a place to think, a place to be. I find it hard to put my finger on how exactly I feel when I’m there because I guess it’s different every time, depending on what mood I’m in when I visit. Sometimes peaceful or hopeful, sometimes sad and lonely. Then at other times, it just makes me laugh. Especially when someone decides to buy one of the iron men a new frock. Just bring your wellies, as the beach is a bit muddy in places.
It’s impossible to talk about Liverpool without mentioning football because we have two of the most famous and oldest teams in the world, Everton (the Blue half) and Liverpool (the Red half). So if you can, time your visit to Liverpool with a footie match. I’d say try and come for a derby day so you could see both teams play, but tickets are pretty hard to come by!
Even though I’m an Evertonian (by birth – hi Dad), I cannot say a chill doesn’t run down my spine when I hear thousands of Liverpool fans singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ (sorry Dad), especially if you’re at the game. Amazing.
Last summer, Liverpool had a zipwire across the main shopping street, Church Street. How cool is that? I really hope they bring it back for 2015! So much fun – to watch! Would I do it? Maybe…
Did you know that Liverpool has more parks than Paris? Well it does!
Sefton Park is particularly beautiful, with both a Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Award. In the park there’s a boating lake and the Palm House, a Grade 2 Victorian building. The Palm House hosts events all throughout the year, from plays and musical events to yoga. You can even get married there.
Another gorgeous one is Calderstones Park. Back in my youth I was a cross country runner, and this was the place I’d do a lot of my competitions. Or if you just fancy a little chill whilst you’re in the city centre, there’s Chavasse Park next to Liverpool One.