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Liverpool - birthplace of the Beatles & historic port

I don't think Liverpool would be the big tourist destination it is today were it not for the Beatles; musicians from the city have produced 56 No. 1 singles, more than any other city in the world

I don't think Liverpool would be the big tourist destination it is today were it not for the Beatles; musicians from the city have produced 56 No. 1 singles, more than any other city in the world

The Royal Liver Building, opened in 1911, was one of the first buildings in the world to use reinforced concrete; it was the largest building (it's very deep) in Europe until the mid-thirties

The Royal Liver Building, opened in 1911, was one of the first buildings in the world to use reinforced concrete; it was the largest building (it's very deep) in Europe until the mid-thirties

Liverpool Town Hall (1754); the population of the city went from 78,000 in 1801 to 855,000 in 1931 then down to 440,000 in 2001

Liverpool Town Hall (1754); the population of the city went from 78,000 in 1801 to 855,000 in 1931 then down to 440,000 in 2001

Bluecoat Chambers is the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool, dating from 1716; originally a boarding school, the building was later bought by English industrialist William Lever who founded Lever Bros and later Unilever

Bluecoat Chambers is the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool, dating from 1716; originally a boarding school, the building was later bought by English industrialist William Lever who founded Lever Bros and later Unilever

Painting to Hammer a Nail, Yoko Ono, 1966; Ono specialized in conceptual art and listening to her describe her work left me just as clueless as when I started

Painting to Hammer a Nail, Yoko Ono, 1966; Ono specialized in conceptual art and listening to her describe her work left me just as clueless as when I started

Liverpool Mountain, Ugo Rondinone, 2018; the Maritime Museum and Slavery Museum both had lots of exhibits but they were static when video would have been helpful

Liverpool Mountain, Ugo Rondinone, 2018; the Maritime Museum and Slavery Museum both had lots of exhibits but they were static when video would have been helpful

0 through 9, Jasper Johns, 1961; the Tate Liverpool focused mainly on modern art and had a special Keith Haring exhibition

0 through 9, Jasper Johns, 1961; the Tate Liverpool focused mainly on modern art and had a special Keith Haring exhibition

The Beatles Story replicated the Cavern Club where the group first found stardom; fans, wedged into the small club which was hot and smoky, described the experience as euphoric

The Beatles Story replicated the Cavern Club where the group first found stardom; fans, wedged into the small club which was hot and smoky, described the experience as euphoric

The Museum of Liverpool, opened in 2011, was my favorite of the many free museums in the city; Liverpool was a European Capital of Culture in 2008

The Museum of Liverpool, opened in 2011, was my favorite of the many free museums in the city; Liverpool was a European Capital of Culture in 2008

The Beatles got together in 1960 and became the best selling and most influential band of all time; they were collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people

The Beatles got together in 1960 and became the best selling and most influential band of all time; they were collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people

The Catholic Cathedral seen from the top of the Anglican Cathedral; Liverpool also had the earliest mosque in England (1887)

The Catholic Cathedral seen from the top of the Anglican Cathedral; Liverpool also had the earliest mosque in England (1887)

Case History, John King, 1998; this creative sculpture on Hope Street reflects on the important role transportation has played in the development of the city

Case History, John King, 1998; this creative sculpture on Hope Street reflects on the important role transportation has played in the development of the city

The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Catholic) is on one end of Hope Street while the (Anglican) Liverpool Cathedral is at the other end; interestingly, both are modern, cavernous buildings

The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Catholic) is on one end of Hope Street while the (Anglican) Liverpool Cathedral is at the other end; interestingly, both are modern, cavernous buildings

The Liverpool Central Library (1860); railways, transatlantic steamships, municipal trams and electric trains were all pioneered in Liverpool as modes of mass transit

The Liverpool Central Library (1860); railways, transatlantic steamships, municipal trams and electric trains were all pioneered in Liverpool as modes of mass transit

The circular Picton Reading Room, completed in 1879, at the Liverpool Central Library was the first electrically lit library in the UK; the library was packed on a weekday afternoon with patrons

The circular Picton Reading Room, completed in 1879, at the Liverpool Central Library was the first electrically lit library in the UK; the library was packed on a weekday afternoon with patrons

St. George's Hall (1854); prior to Charles Dickens (who often held readings here) sailing to America a banquet was hosted in the Great Hall for him on the April 10, 1869

St. George's Hall (1854); prior to Charles Dickens (who often held readings here) sailing to America a banquet was hosted in the Great Hall for him on the April 10, 1869

Wellington Column (1865); Liverpool is home to the UK's oldest surviving classical orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the oldest surviving repertory theater, the Liverpool Playhouse

Wellington Column (1865); Liverpool is home to the UK's oldest surviving classical orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the oldest surviving repertory theater, the Liverpool Playhouse

The original design of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral would have made it the second-largest church in the world; it would have had the world's largest dome, with a diameter of 168 feet compared to the 137.7 feet diameter on St. Peter's Basilica

The original design of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral would have made it the second-largest church in the world; it would have had the world's largest dome, with a diameter of 168 feet compared to the 137.7 feet diameter on St. Peter's Basilica

The Lantern Tower of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral contains the world's largest area of colored glass; this modern cathedral, completed in 1967, is strikingly different from the other cathedrals I've seen in the UK

The Lantern Tower of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral contains the world's largest area of colored glass; this modern cathedral, completed in 1967, is strikingly different from the other cathedrals I've seen in the UK

This statue of Eleanor Rigby is dedicated to all the lonely people of Liverpool; it's also an homage to the 1966 number 1 song from the Beatles

This statue of Eleanor Rigby is dedicated to all the lonely people of Liverpool; it's also an homage to the 1966 number 1 song from the Beatles

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Rembrandt, 1630; the Walker Art Gallery was one of the many free museums in Liverpool (the city has the second most museums in the UK)

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Rembrandt, 1630; the Walker Art Gallery was one of the many free museums in Liverpool (the city has the second most museums in the UK)

The Albert Dock, in the foreground, is Liverpool's biggest tourist draw attracting 4  million tourists a year; the docks were built in the 1840s and are now home to a maritime museum, slavery museum, Tate Liverpool and the Beatle's Story

The Albert Dock, in the foreground, is Liverpool's biggest tourist draw attracting 4+ million tourists a year; the docks were built in the 1840s and are now home to a maritime museum, slavery museum, Tate Liverpool and the Beatle's Story

The Liverpool Cathedral is the longest in the world and the largest in the UK; it has the largest bell tower in the world but the Anglican cathedral is relatively new, begun in 1904 and completed in 1973

The Liverpool Cathedral is the longest in the world and the largest in the UK; it has the largest bell tower in the world but the Anglican cathedral is relatively new, begun in 1904 and completed in 1973

In addition to the Beatles, Liverpool is known for having 2 of the most successful Premier League soccer teams; Liverpool won the most recent European Cup title

In addition to the Beatles, Liverpool is known for having 2 of the most successful Premier League soccer teams; Liverpool won the most recent European Cup title

Bottle and Fishes, Braque, 1912, Tate Liverpool; historical temperatures in the city have ranged from 0 (2010) to 95 degrees (2006) with snow being common in winter but heavy snow relatively rare

Bottle and Fishes, Braque, 1912, Tate Liverpool; historical temperatures in the city have ranged from 0 (2010) to 95 degrees (2006) with snow being common in winter but heavy snow relatively rare

I can still remember listening to Live Aid and Do They Know It's Christmas? in which pop music rallied behind important social issues; after what happened to the Dixie Chicks, artists are now reluctant to speak up

I can still remember listening to Live Aid and Do They Know It's Christmas? in which pop music rallied behind important social issues; after what happened to the Dixie Chicks, artists are now reluctant to speak up

This is the first time I've seen a street decked out with umbrellas that weren't open; to make matters worse, it was raining!

This is the first time I've seen a street decked out with umbrellas that weren't open; to make matters worse, it was raining!

This 2018 billboard is just staggering; it was part of a John Lennon and Yoko Ono special exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool

This 2018 billboard is just staggering; it was part of a John Lennon and Yoko Ono special exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool

The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s but apparently there has been an American invasion too; Liverpool has a higher rate of obesity and lower life expectancy compared to other UK cities

The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s but apparently there has been an American invasion too; Liverpool has a higher rate of obesity and lower life expectancy compared to other UK cities

The Liverpool Overhead Railway opened in 1893 and ran the length of the docks; it was the world's first electric elevated railway, the first to use automatic signalling and electric color light signals

The Liverpool Overhead Railway opened in 1893 and ran the length of the docks; it was the world's first electric elevated railway, the first to use automatic signalling and electric color light signals

Blitzed is an exhibition of 60 rare photographs at the Museum of Liverpool showing the devastation brought to the city during WW2; here the Liverpool Overhead Railway is destroyed

Blitzed is an exhibition of 60 rare photographs at the Museum of Liverpool showing the devastation brought to the city during WW2; here the Liverpool Overhead Railway is destroyed

The population of Liverpool rose thanks to its dominant port and, especially during the 1840s, when Irish migrants began arriving by the hundreds of thousands as a result of the Great Famine

The population of Liverpool rose thanks to its dominant port and, especially during the 1840s, when Irish migrants began arriving by the hundreds of thousands as a result of the Great Famine

Split Decision; Liverpool has roughly 500,000 residents with 2.3 million in the metro area making it the fifth largest city in the UK

Split Decision; Liverpool has roughly 500,000 residents with 2.3 million in the metro area making it the fifth largest city in the UK

The Cunard Building, completed in 1917, is one of the Three Graces lining the Liverpool waterfront; inside I visited the overpriced British Music Experience which was like a glorified Hard Rock Cafe

The Cunard Building, completed in 1917, is one of the Three Graces lining the Liverpool waterfront; inside I visited the overpriced British Music Experience which was like a glorified Hard Rock Cafe

Liverpool technology influenced the development of American skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building; seen here is the Empire State Building made out of Bayko (like Legos) at the Museum of Liverpool

Liverpool technology influenced the development of American skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building; seen here is the Empire State Building made out of Bayko (like Legos) at the Museum of Liverpool

Lion is one of the world's oldest surviving railroad locomotives; built in 1838, it ran on the first railway line in the world, from Liverpool to Manchester

Lion is one of the world's oldest surviving railroad locomotives; built in 1838, it ran on the first railway line in the world, from Liverpool to Manchester

The Three Graces; Liverpool's growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution

The Three Graces; Liverpool's growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution

Composition No. 11, Mondrian, 1920, Tate Liverpool; bands from the city include Dead or Alive, A Flock of Seagulls, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Echo and the Bunnymen

Composition No. 11, Mondrian, 1920, Tate Liverpool; bands from the city include Dead or Alive, A Flock of Seagulls, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Echo and the Bunnymen

The British Music Experience was just a superficial glimpse with many big names totally left out; Culture Club had some costumes included but I felt the visit was a waste of money

The British Music Experience was just a superficial glimpse with many big names totally left out; Culture Club had some costumes included but I felt the visit was a waste of money

Liverpool has had a large Chinese population since the first ships from the Orient began docking here in the 1830s; this is the tallest Chinese arch in Europe

Liverpool has had a large Chinese population since the first ships from the Orient began docking here in the 1830s; this is the tallest Chinese arch in Europe

The Walker Art Gallery (1877) is home to the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, the biggest painting prize in the UK; many past winners were displayed but most I found hideous

The Walker Art Gallery (1877) is home to the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, the biggest painting prize in the UK; many past winners were displayed but most I found hideous

Supper at Emmaus, Titian, 1531, Walker Art Gallery; residents of the city of Liverpool are referred to formally as Liverpudlians, but most often as Scousers, a reference to scouse, a form of stew

Supper at Emmaus, Titian, 1531, Walker Art Gallery; residents of the city of Liverpool are referred to formally as Liverpudlians, but most often as Scousers, a reference to scouse, a form of stew

Amazing atrium at Liverpool Central Library; I found it very difficult to understand most of the locals even though they were speaking English

Amazing atrium at Liverpool Central Library; I found it very difficult to understand most of the locals even though they were speaking English

The Port of Liverpool Building (1907); in the 19th century, Liverpool was a major port of departure for Irish and English emigrants to North America

The Port of Liverpool Building (1907); in the 19th century, Liverpool was a major port of departure for Irish and English emigrants to North America

White Houses, Ville d'Avray, Seurat, 1883; the Walker Art Gallery had a respectable collection covering art from medieval times to the present

White Houses, Ville d'Avray, Seurat, 1883; the Walker Art Gallery had a respectable collection covering art from medieval times to the present

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