Day Seventeen - Beatlemania
Trip Start Apr 08, 2012
40Trip End May 19, 2012
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As I mentioned my first Beatles' thing of the day was the National Trust tour. I had purchased my ticket prior to leaving home, so I had known for awhile I would be spending my morning doing this.
Only 15 people are allowed on the tour at a time and they only do it certain days of the week and certain times of the year. About 7,000 people are able to go on this tour a year, so I felt special being able to go.
And was it ever special! I got to walk though the homes where John and Paul wrote some of their songs and see some memorabilia not open to the public. I also learned things about them that I never knew. Like how they met, though a friend of John's who went to school with Paul, and how Paul knew George before he knew John, they attended the same school and rode the same bus. It was an amazing look back into the childhoods of two members of one of the greatest bands. They don't allow photography inside the houses, but I was able to get a few pictures outside.
On the tour I met a nice British couple from Devon. Jane is originally from Liverpool and Bob, her husband lived in Oregon 30 years ago, knew a lot about the Beatles and were happy to share it with me. If not for them I wouldn't have seen Penny Lane or learned how Ringo joined the group. They also suggested I check out the Cavern Club.
After the tour I decided to grab lunch at a cafe and check out a few museums at the Albert Docks. My first stop was Tate Gallery Liverpool.
It's a very small museum that consists of 2 floors
From there I walked down the docks to another free museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum. I spent close to an hour and a half touring this museum. There is a special exhibit on display currently in the museum on the connection the Titanic had with Liverpool.
Even though this exhibit is much, much smaller then the Titanic Museum in Belfast I enjoyed this one more because they had actual artifacts on display from the Titanic.
After visiting those two museums I considered visiting the brand-new Museum of Liverpool but I opted for more Beatles.
I decided to go see The Beatles Story. It was complete Beatle overload and I loved it! I spent over 2 hours looking around the museum while listening to the audio guide which led me from
the formation of the group to their eventual breakup and solo careers
I had purchased the full experience ticket and as part of that I got admittance to a special exhibit on The Beatles and Elvis and to the 4D Beatles Experience.
I never knew Elvis had such an impact on the Beatles. It was interesting to learn how much influence his style and music actually had. The 4D experience was pretty cheesy, but I did like how when they played Strawberry Fields the auditorium suddenly smelled like strawberries.
By the time I had finished with The Beatles Story it was almost 17:30. I headed back to my room to drop off a few things and then I headed to Mathew Street and the "Cavern Quarter".
The Cavern Club is where the Beatles frequently played in their early years. The original club is long gone, but a mock-up has been built, out of many of the original bricks, a few doors down.
There is also a Cavern Pub across the street, which contains old photos and memorabilia of the Beatles and other bands
I did however venture into the Cavern Club. It was brilliant! They have live music every day starting at 15:30. When I arrived there was a guy on stage doing covers of some of the Beatles hits. He was only on stage for about 30 minutes before another performer took over.
The second guy, Paul Jones, was fantastic! I ended up staying for his entire show. I had a seat right next to the stage and was able to get some amazing pictures and video. While I listened to the covers of their music I also enjoyed the Beatles signature drink, scotch and coke. It wasn't too bad. But since I haven't had soda in over two years the coke was extremely sugary and almost too much for me to drink. I didn't really taste the scotch. After the show I managed to get my picture taken on stage with Paul.
Then it was back to my hotel for dinner, since it was 21:30 and everywhere else nearby was closed.
Overall I spent almost 10 hours today doing Beatles things. In case it is not obvious I am a huge fan. If I didn't all ready have a room booked elsewhere I would consider staying another day in Liverpool just to do a few more Beatles things, but alas it is time to move on.
Tomorrow I am going to try out the British rail system and make my way to the North Lake District.
Day Eighteen - The Lake District