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Favorite thing: Get spotting these SuperLamBananas this summer 2008 as 125, two metre tall replicas of Taro Chiezo’s iconic SuperLambBanana sculpture have been painted, decorated and adorned by local artists, schools and community groups, to create a free to view, open air, public art spectacular.
You can't fail to spot some as you walk around Liverpool. If you want to know where they all are then a trail is available from Travel Centres, Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Museums and Galleries, some stores and 08 Place or download a leaflet from http://www.goelephants.co.uk/Resources/maps.pdf
shades of Chicago..
Favorite thing: The design of the Liver Building was based upon the Chicago skyline - I think you can see why when you see the resemblance in this shot.
St George's Hall
Favorite thing: St George's Hall, built in 1854, is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world. Built originally for use as a concert hall with adjoining court rooms. Its famous minton tiled floor is rarely on show - its kept under wraps for protection.
Today it provides the city of Liverpool with the most magnificent conference and events venue.
The Hall has beeny under wraps for a major overhaul - John Lennon wass gracing it with his portrait! - but now it is almost finished and is visible again . Check the website for a virtual tour of what can be seen.
Favorite thing: The liver birds are a strange cross between an eagle and a cormorant - the sailor's lucky bird. Local tales relate that the female looks across the riverfront waiting for the sailors to return whilst the male faces the back looking towards the pubs!
If you enjoy this kind of info then you need to take the river cruise trip on the ferry!
Titanic Memorial with the Three Graces
Favorite thing: Keeping walking past the Liver building, over a little bridge and you will come to the Titanic memorial. Its inscription reads " IN HONOUR OF ALL HEROES OF THE MARINE ENGINE ROOM" so at first you might not realise its referring to the Titanic ;-). It was originally designated as the Engine Room Heroes Memorial (RMS Titanic) but it was subsequently decided to honour all marine engineers and engine room hands lost during WWI and the (RMS Titanic) part of the inscription was not used.
Tower Reflection in Albert Dock
Favorite thing: St John's Tower, in Williamson Square by the markets, used to have a restaurant situated at the top where you could get great views over the city centre - see Steventilly's Liverpool page for some pics.
Now it is the home of the award winning radio station "Radio City 96.7 FM". Fabulous advertising for them as it dominates the citycentre and you'll be able to see it from most locations. Unfortunately visits are by appointment only today....wonder if I could arrange that on the premises of taking pics for a certain website!
Fondest memory: Well just recently I did manage to arrange a litle VT tour up the tower! Its normally only possible on a Saturday or Sunday at 1.30 and again at 3.00pm but I engineered a visit Godd Friday 2003.
The tour is mainly to show the (supposed ! ) views and to peep through the studios where the radio station is broadcast from. A short video presentaion is also given on the the transition of the tower from restaurant to radio station.
Check out the travelogue for what we saw or did not see on my Merseyside page travelogue!
sepia Liverpool scene
Favorite thing: One of my favourite views of Liverpool is this skyline reflection of the Three Graces in the Canning Dock (just by Albert Docks).
The tall tower (of art deco design) is the ventilation shaft for the Mersey road tunnnel.
Taking it in sepia tones seemed to add to the impact. See more reflections in the travelogue.
Liver Building 2003
Favorite thing: Completed in 1910, the Liver Building was one of the world's first mult-storey re-inforced concrete buildings. It is the home of the Liver Friendly Assurance Society. The clock faces on each tower, at 25 feet diameter are the lagest in Britain - London's Big Ben is just 23 feet diameter.
Favorite thing: I wish I'd noticed this when Laura visited Liverpool with me:
Canada Boulevard, running infront of the Cunard Building with its row of maple trees, is "decidated as a living memorial to the sacrifice, valour and industry of Canadians in the defence of freedom during the battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945
And in recognition of the special relationship that developed between Cananda and the city of Liverpool during those dark days"
This memorial stone was placed here on 15th May 1995 on the 50th anniversary.
Also on the Boulevard the stones in the pavemment bear the nnames of the ships.
One I particularly noticed was HMCS Charlottetown, Canadians who contributed to the victory on the homefront.
Favorite thing: Opposite Marks and Spencers a short side street leads to the Bluecoat Chambers.
This building dates from 1717 is the oldest in Liverpool and perhaps the lovliest - although many would argue in favour of the Liver Buildings.
It also has a great little cafe here, just a short step away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
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