Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Liverpool | UK

A few photos I took in Liverpool last Friday. I had been there once before but that was a very long time ago. The only recollection I have is going to an indie club and staying at a friend's house that he was sharing with other students.

My friend D was instantly in love with Liverpool, whereas I liked it but not as much as Manchester. In my last post I forgot to tell you that I almost ended up living in Manchester as I had applied to the University of Manchester and received an offer. But as you know, I eventually moved to London instead. I will never know what my life would have been had I gone to Manchester. But I digress...

D pointed out that Liverpool and Manchester are rival cities. This was confirmed by my Google research. It all started with the Manchester ship canal. There is an entire Wikipedia article dedicated to the cities' rivalry. If you are interested, you can read more about it here.

As you can see there is a nice balance of modern and old buildings defining the city landscape.

For lunch we first went to Castle St Townhouse but as no one came to serve us, we moved on to Izakaya across the street, where the service was really great.

We picked a mix of dishes; the maki were presented in an original way.

I'm glad that we had lunch at Izakaya. I definitely recommend this place.

D's travel app showed Sefton Park as one of the places to visit. We considered going there by Uber or bus but then we thought that walking there would be a nice idea.

We had to walk through an area called Toxteth. D started feeling uneasy. I mean it seemed a bit rough (think Hackney a few years ago) but I didn't feel scared. D wanted to avoid the little streets and so we looked for a main road to continue our walk to Sefton Park. We did see some grimey scenes. Then there was this girl in a pink dress who was singing to herself while riding her bike. A bit like The Shining déjà-vu.

Anyway, I later found out that Toxteth is one of the dodgiest parts of Liverpool. It is famous for riots that took place in the 80s and as recent as 2011...

We did make it safely to Sefton Park where we walked around a bit and did some people watching.

At some point we had to head back to the city centre, where we had a final drink before taking the train back to Manchester. Wish I had spent a bit more time in Liverpool and done some of the cultural stuff. I would also have liked to visit places connected to The Beatles. Hopefully I will get to do this another time.



  1. The first time I visited London, my friend from there meniotned that Liverpool and Manchester were rival cities. I don't remember how it came up but that little factoid has always stuck in my mind ever since.

  2. Wow I had no idea that Liverpool and Manchester were rival cities. I can already tell it is full culture! What an incredible quick trip!


  3. Tiffany Zimmy5/31/2017 5:49 am

    still moved by your older post.. I was supposed to meet Ariana in London on the 26th, I got m&g tickets... I love Ari so much. How could anyone do that. Especially since only teenagers and kids go see her concert. I wrote an entire post about it.. I'm broken..
    Love, Tiff

  4. You didn't visit any Beatles-related stuff! Ack!

  5. Liverpool looks and sounds like a really interesting city. I'd like to go sometime. Looks like you had a nice time!

    Jane / deluminators

  6. Beautiful photos! These sushis are making me so hungry!


  7. Every time I fly to London, the city keeps me busy with all the things going on there, that I never saw anything else from the U.K.
    But I really should consider it, for this summer...

    Du hues mech op eng Iddie bruecht :-)

  8. Mes Voyages à Paris5/31/2017 11:48 am

    Amazing pictures as always!! Great post!
    Mónica Sors

  9. Amazing photos! I love the architecture and the food look so yummy :)

    ❤️ Alyssa // STYLE VANITY // Instagram

  10. This city looks amazing! Very modern and unique!! Thanks for sharing! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

  11. Bella Skoog (Bella)5/31/2017 7:57 pm

    Amazing photos!

    Hugs Bella, http://nouw.com/bellss/zara-lace-top-30283920 // Instagram: bellaskoog

  12. I've never been outside of London, so it's nice to see what other UK cities look like through your lens. I always find it interesting how the choices we make end up shaping our lives. I was for example accepted into the Master program in The Netherlands, but chose instead to come back to the US. At times I too, wonder how different my life would be now if I had decided to move to Europe. But I guess that's what makes life interesting; there are so many possibilities, and each one leads to a different path :)

  13. I fully agree with you! There are so many possibilities and I think that we end up getting the ones that are best for us (even if don't always see it that way).

  14. Jo, heinsdo muss een aus London eraus a real England gesin!

  15. I hope that you will get the chance to see her when she returns to the UK! Stay positive!

  16. Cool that you remember... I shall too from now on ;)

  17. PLAYING WITH APPAREL6/01/2017 2:37 am

    OH how I miss this city. You must go visit my hometown of Leeds

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  18. I loved joining you - or so it felt - on your visit to Liverpool! What a mostly lovely place. It is funny how we can end up in shady areas when we are new to an area. My husband and I even felt uncomfortable in one particular part of Oslo, or maybe it was our imaginations. Thank you for the virtual walking tour!
    xo, janea

  19. The architecture is amaaaazing- and all those dishes look so yummy!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  20. Eleine Pereira6/01/2017 1:26 pm

    Great photos!


  21. Liverpool looks like a nice city. I wanted to go there during my time in London but didn't really have enough time :)

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

  22. What a gorgeous place! I def need to go some day ♥

  23. Liverpool is absolutely beautiful! I'm sure it was wonderful walking around and experimenting it all.


  24. I had no idea that Liverpool was such a nice place! Indeed there is great balance between the modern and old buildings. It looks like you spent a nice day there. The photos are great!

  25. Carmen Jny (carmitive)6/02/2017 9:34 pm

    Oh Liverpool looks like a great place - your photos are amazing as always :)
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

  26. People watching is always a good idea. Its a lovely city. I remember a Liverpool street market back then but never been to the city itself. Beautiful capture.


  27. I always thought the rivalry stemmed from soccer hahahaha! What a lovely town though. I've never really seen much about Liverpool even though I used to work with someone who grew up there.


  28. Fabiana Aguilar Fernandez6/04/2017 2:32 pm

    Can't wait to go!!!!

    Love your pictures and blog <3 <3 <3


  29. Beautiful pictures!



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