Beatlemania!!!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 01, 2011


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Hatters Hostel

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

 After having a filling continental breakfast we set out to explore Liverpool considering we had wasted our first day here. We had a map from the hostel and started by taking pictures of Luke's cathedral which was bombed during the war and the only thing left is the walls. It was closed though so we couldn't go inside. Onward we went to check out the Liverpool Cathedral. This building was gigantic! We walked around inside admiring the architecture and stain glass windows and walking through the halls and small churches to the sides of the main centre church.

 After finding our way down to Alberts Dock we took the tour through the Beatles Story. It was awsome to see where they came from and how many times they played at bars before they hit the big show. Learning about 'The Cavern' and how many shows they played in that dark little basement was amazing (292). It was gross to hear that they would pack so many people in there that the walls would literally leak from all the condensation coming off peoples bodies. We got to see lots of memorabilia that had been collected over the years and lots of pictures taken over the years.

 The museum was set up in chronological order from when they met as teenagers to when they finally broke up and continued on to follow their solo careers and what they've done in the past 30 years. 

 We then walked to the slave and marine museum which displayed how Liverpool had its role in the slave trade. We saw some very disturbing things about what they had to go through.
We then saw huge models of ships that had either been built in Liverpool or connected to it some how, the main ones being the Titanc, Lusitania, and the Forgotten Empress.

We still had another half of the beatles museum to see and a 4D video about the Fab Four.
Well the 4D video was terrible, it had nothing to with the beatles except their songs. The rest of the museum was about a tribute to John Lennon by his son and ex-wife.That was pretty cool to walk through and read their stories from the sidelines of the famous band. Then there was also a gallery of pictures that were taken by a very young photographer when the Beatles were first starting, before only big business people and professionals were allowed near them. Apparently he had put his work in a storage box in his attic and it sat there until around 2005 or something (can't remember the exact year) when he developed them to put in this gallery in Liverpool.

Walking around all day long can get tiring, but good thing we weren't too tired from it this night because while we were up reading in our room at about 10pm the room next door turned what we can only describe as rave music or remixes on on their stereo. A little music isn't so bad but this group turned it up so loud that the base seemed to slurr, it wasn't even worth listening to, it seemed to be just to have loud noise to go with their partying. We thought maybe they would just get ready with it on and then go out but sadly that wasn't the case, they seemed to plan to just party in their room. It was a pretty big hostel so the people at reception didn't hear a thing. Finally close to midnight when we realized they probably weren't leaving James went up to reception to find out if there was a quiet time in the hostel or if we were going to just have to put up with it. Turns out the noise cut-off was an hour earlier so a guy came down to tell them to turn it off. They just turned the music down though and started yelling at eachother and so he had to tell them again and that they could use the lounge room upstairs if they wanted to party. It took them a few minutes but finally the music was off and a few people at a time went out the door until they were all gone. As we're finding out and have found out in the past hostels can be a horrible place for sleeping!
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