Liverpool Travel Blog› entry 45 of 128 › view all entries
The next morning, I woke up and set out on a quest to find as much Beatles stuff as I could. There's a big Beatles museum with tours and what not, so I made my way there, checking out the sites on the way. Liverpool was damaged during World War II, and some of the bombed out buildings still remain as a tribute to the time.
I made it to the Beatles museum, but I was shocked at what the price of the tour was. So shocked, in fact, that I don't remember what it was! I did grab a map of all the sites in and around town and decided to set out on my own. Obviously, the Lennon and McCartney families did not live downtown, so I went to the bus station and got a one day bus pass for like 3 pounds. I had the bus routes figured out and before I knew it we were at Penny Lane.
Not too far down the road was an old elementary school where some of the little Beatles went. I then took a walk over to Paul McCartney's childhood home, probably the same route he took on his way home from school. I then headed over to John Lennon's childhood home, but I remember getting lost a couple times trying to find it. To my amazement, there was a huge Tesco's on the way, which is great becuase it was near lunch and I had nothing to eat. (I had a lot of great "God moments" in Liverpool, it was awesome). After John Lennon's childhood home, I checked out what's left of Strawberry Fields - an orphanage somewhat close to John Lennon's home.
The next stop on my tour was the church where John and George Harrison first met. I thought it was really neat how these three met at an early age. After the church, I jumped back on the bus and went out to the airport, just to get a few shots of the sign. The bus driver probably found it odd that I took a bus to the airport and did not get off. The airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and I was on a quest to find Beatles things. I took the bus back downtown to check out a few more sites. Among those sites were the Cavern Pub and Cavern Club, where the young Beatles performed some of their first performances. In this area are several plaques and statues dedicated to the Beatles, including Eleanor Rigby sitting on a bench.
As the sun set, I grabbed my things and jumped on a train to Cardiff, Wales.