23 October 2017

Why Liverpool Is My Happy Place

I know that by the end of writing this post, I'll be searching for cheap hotel deals to go back up there.
 
If you don't know that I love the city of Liverpool by now, then where have you been?! So much so that I have a canvas hung up on one of my bedroom walls of the city's skyline. As it says in my Twitter and Instagram bio - 'Heart and soul in Liverpool'. But relax fellow Newportonians, I still love living in my hometown.
Ah, Liverpool. My favourite city, place and word that rolls off the tongue. There are so many reasons why I love this city so much. It's a three hour drive/train ride to get up there but as each minute passes on either modes of transport I use to travel there, the excitement builds up knowing I'm going to my favourite place.

I've made so many extraordinary and wonderful memories every time I've visited Liverpool. From my birthday weekend this year to making the journey there on my own in May last year to my incredible first time up there meeting the Liverpool players at Melwood for that out of this world morning.

Well, technically, I've been up there twice before that Melwood weekend. I have been to Anfield for two matches before February 2016. That didn't mean I could really see Liverpool for the amazing city it is, but I got to admire the best stadium in Liverpool.

Like I said at the beginning, there are so many different reasons why I love Liverpool so bloody much.

T H E
B U I L D I N G S
The buildings and architecture in Liverpool is absolutely stunning to the eye. From Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to the modern Mann Island apartment buildings, St George's Hall opposite the busy Lime Street Station, and of course the beautiful Three Graces that stand out on the Waterfront. They're so iconic and photogenic. Very Instragammable I might add. I could literally admire them of all their architectural beauty all day long.
S C O U S E R S
I'm going to put it out there - Scouser's are the best people on this earth. They are so kind and welcoming and are such a laugh. Every time I stroll through the City Centre, I don't feel like I'm a stranger, I feel like I'm an honorary Scouser. When I go into shops to look around, there's always at least one person who will approach you and ask if you need any help or advice on what you would like to buy. Honestly, they're sound.
B A R S / R E S T A U R A N T S
Around Liverpool, there is such a variety of bars and restaurants, you can't tell me that if you've been to Liverpool that there's nowhere you've fancied eating in or having a quick drink in. You are so spoilt for choice. The ones I have been to are Yard & Coop on Hanover Street which cooks the most truly scrumptious chicken I have ever tasted (excuse the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reference!).
The Hotel Chocolat serve the most delicious hot chocolate you will ever drink in your entire life. Seriously. Of course you have to visit the Cavern Club, such an iconic bar. Also another place I've grown to love is the Pump House which is on Albert Dock. A converted Victorian Pumphouse serving a traditional menu. One thing I love about this place is that it reminds me of my local pub. The exterior of the place is eye catching because of the long chimney outside.
T H E R E ' S
A L W A Y S
S O M E T H I N G
H A P P E N I N G
Liverpool is definitely a city which always has a big event happening. Whether it be Liverpool FC playing or that small blue team playing across Stanley Park or a concert taking place in the Echo Arena, or even a food and drink festival, you are never stuck to find something to do or visit. I've made a promise to myself next time I visit Liverpool, I'll make myself go and do the tourist-y thing. I'd love to walk into the Museum of Liverpool and learn more about the city of Liverpool's illustrious history. I'd even go on the open top bus tour!
 Y O U
A L W A Y S
S E E
S O M E O N E
W E L L - K N O W N
I have been known to have met a couple of well known faces around Liverpool *cough* "footballers" *cough*. I've walked around the city and spotted the odd one casually strolling through town with a Harvey Nichols or Adidas shopping bag. It's so hard to get around the fact that they are just normal people trying to go about their everyday lives as normally as they possibly can. But you can't help but get feel giddy with excitement when you walk past a footballer but then rue the chance you missed to ask them for a quick selfie. The thing is, I don't want to disturb their day and piss them off, especially if they're with their families, cause let's face it, it must do their heads in from time to time.
A L B E R T
D O C K
Another beautiful part of the city. Going for a long walk along the Albert Dock, Salthouse Dock and the Waterfront going towards Pier Head is just refreshing. Taking in all the views from looking over across the Mersey to seeing any magnificent cruise ships which are anchored up, it's so breathtaking at times.
There are so many other reasons why I adore Liverpool but I'll be here for days and nights if I named them all! Liverpool is my happy place. I know that all my problems and worries seem to disappear when I'm up there. That's why I like to go up there as much as I can, if I could afford it, I'd drive or catch the train up there every month, or even better, live there. But I need to be completely ready and confident before I can even consider making a huge life changing decision. But I can dream can't I?  
 
Lucy

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