Liverpool and The Beatles
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Here are the first 4 evening pictures, when I arrived on Friday night, a few hours after checking in.
I’m never expecting all the old structures, castles, and workmanship. Everywhere I go. Canada just doesn’t have the age. There is an old history all around this adventure. Hundreds of years. Allyways are roads, not defined as allyways, and most of these small brick roads have clubs up and down, with a big party atmosphere most nights.
That being said, today I ventured out to the largest cathedral (religious building) in Britain.
To justify its size, it looked equally as big as Devils Tower in Wyoming. I added a pic from my trip to Wyoming last year. 🙂
The architecture was amazing around the outside. I was blown away!
And then I went inside!!!!!
I took video of the practicing choir. The sound and resonance was unbelievable. If you’d like to view and listen, then it’s back to my Facebook page. Click HERE
And now we move into this century. As I mentioned, I’m staying at a boutique hotel which was the family home of Stuart Sutcliffe, known (at the time) as one of the original Beatles. He is even known for coining the name “Beatles” with John Lennon, as they were childhood friends. Here’s a few pics, a report card, and some artwork from inside the hotel.
Stuart Sutcliffe, “mutually” left the Beatles before their success, was engaged to Astrid Kirchherr and died from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 22 in Germany.
And since we are on the subject of the Beatles….
I decided to hit the Beatles exhibition called “The Beatles Story”. £15 to get in (a little over 20 Canadian bucks). With a headset and about an hour, one can scoot thru and get more of their original story. Born in the 40’s, the Liverpudlian Group grew up during the war and in the post war society. Liverpool saw little bombing raids from Germany, but mostly, the port city was not getting enough supplies due to the German Uboats sinking about 60% – 70% of the supply ships.
All that being what it was, a number of drinking and social clubs became popular. Rock and Roll Music became popular. Here are some pictures from “The Beatles Story”.
One room had a mock-up of a studio using authentic instruments. I’d love to play the Rickenbacker (closest to the front)
Moving through the museum, there were picture I hadn’t seen before, and some specific information about their individuality. Especially regarding Brian Epstein being their 2nd Manager, and coming to the United States and Canada.
Jumping ahead a few years of their timeline, I think my favourite display room was the John Lennon Piano “White” room, as seen here.
When I left the exhibit, I decided to tour around the city to check out more history and buildings. In doing so, I came across “Canadian Boulevard”, and a number of old buildings. One historical building is said to be the first building to have electricity (the round one).
The picture above with the buildings on either side was the street to the home of Brian Epstein. I could start taking pictures and naming all the buildings and structures, but I’d need a few months and this blog would be much much longer.
Many people in the 1800’s and 1900’s wanted to get to “the new world” (Canada, USA, Australia, etc) and Liverpool was the port to do so. Part of my ancestry is from (close) to this neighbourhood, and, being a musician, it was in my blood to visit.
I return to Brighton via fast train tomorrow, but I might make a stop on the way.
Cheers all, and thanks for joining me on this continuous adventure.