Life, Photography, Travel

A sunny day at Albert Dock, Liverpool

March 17, 2015

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. 

Superlambbanana Liverpool

Superlambanana

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.

Love locks

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.

Liver Building Liverpool

Liver Building Liverpool

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?

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  • Oh wow I love Liverpool. I love the architecture, the shopping, the docks, the Beatles history, the night life… We had an amazing weekend there for my dad’s birthday a couple of years ago. I don’t like all of the London gifts either, I don’t get it.

    • It’s so nice isn’t it? All you tend to hear is bad things about Liverpool, and yeah I’m sure it gets a bit rowdy at night in the city but that’s the same for every city.

  • Looks wonderful. I’ve never been, but these photos makes me want to visit it asap. And thank you for the jellyfish trivia – who knew… πŸ™‚ x

  • This is GORGEOUS. And no, I unfortunately haven’t been to Liverpool but I seriously want to see England (mostly London, hehe) and those buildings are just amazing. Love the locks too! And the pig/surfboard/Japanese thingie…is…interesting. πŸ˜‰
    *whispers* I want to see the Lochness Monster…

    • I want to see Nessie too! I’m going to Scotland next month and Loch Ness is on the list, if I see her, I’ll tell her you said hi.

  • Roxanne Louise

    Oh!!! If I’d have known you were visiting I could have shown you where you got a Lambanana from. And how to see the big one. If you go again let me know. Obviously I can’t show you around but I can give you street names of places to buy Lambananas.

    I never understood all the london stuff you could buy! Pointless

    • The London stuff doesn’t make sense, but I’ve seen it for sale in so many places apart from London.

      Yes, I would love to go back again and I neeeed to know where to see the giant one.