Last summer my Mum and I had a Friday off one week, so we decided to go on an adventure to Albert Dock, Liverpool with our cameras.
I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get around to posting this but it’s all very grey in England at the moment and I feel like I need to be reminded what blue sky looks like.
When we found out we both had a Friday off my Mum told me we could go on an adventure, anywhere within reason – Loch Ness was apparently not ‘within reason’. I had never gone to Liverpool before but had seen some beautiful pictures of Albert Dock and my Mum hadn’t been for years either, so we got up early and headed to Liverpool.
The great thing about living in the Midlands is that the majority of places in England are no more than about 2-3 hours away, so Albert Dock was only a two hour drive.
Albert Dock is a beautiful place and in the sunshine it makes you feel like you could be anywhere in the world – it actually reminded me of being in Barcelona. We even spotted small jellyfish in the dock too which made it feel even more exotic.
SIDENOTE: Did you know that the collective noun for jellyfish is a smack? Now you do.
Now I know what you’re thinking: it looks like a pig crashed into a surfboard, and that’s what I thought too.
The placards at their base said they were called ‘superlambananas’. They’re mini versions of a giant, bright yellow Lambanana sculpture designed by a Japanese artist called Taro Chiezo, which is somewhere else in Liverpool. We looked for it but didn’t see it.
I really wanted my own mini-miniature superlambanana but couldn’t find one. Bizarrely the gift shops around the dock were selling loads of London tourist crap.
I don’t know if this happens in other countries but if you go to a gift shop in England, about 80% of it is London stuff. I don’t know why; if you’re outside London, you obviously know there’s more to England than London. It really annoys me. I’m just butthurt because I wanted a Superlambanana snow globe.
On the rails looking out across the Mersey river people had attached padlocks to it like they do at love lock bridge in Paris. It was quite sweet really.
We headed into the city centre to get some lunch and do a bit of shopping. It took us ages to get there though because we couldn’t stop taking photos of all the beautiful buildings. The architecture really did remind me of Barcelona.
The city centre was really nice and easily to get around. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around shops, which of course meant I ended up in Waterstones and came away with more books.
It was nice to escape and go on a weekday adventure with my Mum, and of course a three day weekend is never a bad thing.
Have you been to Liverpool?