There are still huge bits of our great nation I have never ventured to, so in the past year or so I have made a point of exploring new places at weekends. This Saturday was no exception so off we ventured to a city I'm quite ashamed I've never visited before...Liverpool.
First stop was the Metropolitan Cathedral in all it's beautiful concrete glory. A huge and very imposing structure. In 1960 architects all over the world were invited to design a new cathedral for Liverpool. The winning design, the one that stands today, was by Sir Frederick Gibberd. Building began in 1962 and was completed in May 1967. It's part brutalist part I'm not sure what? Inside it is equally impressive but hard to take photos (very dark) so you'll just have to take my word for it and visit yourself. http://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/
|Photo from the fantastic website www.creativetourist.com|
Next it was time to find a spot of lunch, we headed to MelloMello on Slater street, a vegetarian cafe by day and jazz bar by night. I'm not a vegetarian but I find vegetarian cafes and restaurants to be a lot better at gluten free options and in this instance I was not disappointed. I opted for a cheddar cheese and red onion marmalade sandwich (on gf bread) then afterwards we shared a gf lime and chocolate cake, yum!. It's very reasonably priced with the everything for two of us including drinks costing around £10.
We ventured down to the docks after lunch and I was blown away by the beautiful architecture! From the three graces (photo below) of the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool building.
|Edward V11 stands in front of the Royal Liver Building.|
To the modern glass architecture of the Museum of Liverpool
And the imposing yet complementary Mann Island Development.
Here we paid a visit to the Open Eye Gallery to visit the "Not all documents are records: photographing exhibitions as an art form" exhibition. It featured the works of Ugo Mulas and Hans Haacke. Lots of black and white portrait/street photography (right up my street) documenting art shows. It was a slight inception moment as I was looking at an art exhibition of photos which documented other people looking at an art exhibition. It's on until 19th October and is well worth a visit (it's free entry too!)
|The amazing radio city tower which had shut before we had chance to go up! :(|
Finally after wandering around and taking in the sights and sounds of Liverpool we headed to Lunya for dinner. They serve Catalan and Spanish inspired dishes and have the most amazing gluten free choices. We decided to get a few tapas dishes which included; gluten free calamari (yes I know), patatas bravas, pickles, chorizo, sardines and pluma iberica. It was delicious and the atmosphere was great, very busy (we booked earlier in the day) and there is an over flowing deli downstairs full of cured meats and tasty things in jars!
|Inside Lunya, photo from www.creativetourist.com|
There was so much we missed out on and I can't wait to visit Liverpool again, it's a great city! Keep your eyes peeled to part 2 of this blog post as I paid a trip to Menswear store Weavers Door.
Thanks for reading!