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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Guardian Angels

L IS FOR?



LIVERPOOL!
Liverpool is the nearest large city to where I live. Having lived in this area for some time now and being married to a 'Scouser' (native of Liverpool) I have rather a soft spot for this city. After London, the city has the largest number of listed buildings in the county, including the Royal Liver Building, which is probably the city's most recognisable building. The two Liver Birds that perch above it guard both the city and the sea. Legend has it that if the birds should ever fly away that the city will cease to be. The clock faces on the towers are larger than those of Big Ben and are in fact the largest electronically driven clocks in the United Kingdom. The photo below shows a relatively new aspect to the scene with the extension of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal along the historic Liverpool waterfront. This project was completed in 2009.



As well as the old, Liverpool has a myriad of new buildings some of which have proved to be rather controversial in their design. Here is the new museum which is due to open next year ~


and the One Park West building which was nominated for the 2009 Carbuncle Cup - an award for the country's most hideous new buildings ~



Liverpool is certainly a lively city and full of interest whether you are a history lover, art lover, music lover, sports lover or a lover of life - there is something for everyone. Do come and visit if you can. Now why not leap over to ABC Wednesday where there are more posts listed all featuring the letter L.

27 comments:

  1. What a great tour of Liverpool, Anna! And that's a great word for the L day! I always enjoy learning more about cities and countries around the world, that's one of the marvelous things about the internet/blogging! Hope you're having a great week! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  2. One Park West may be an example of "they sure don't make them like they used to." The architecture of the first two photos are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing your little corner of the world.

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  3. Indeed it is very unusual design from the usual design that we used to see specially museums. Great shot and thanks for sharing!

    ABC Wednesday~L

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  4. Boston has that same sort of eclectic mix of old and contemporary. I often wonder what they'll be saying about the buildings we are erecting now....

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  5. Ah! Two Liverpool posts in a row...must mean I simply MUST visit there! :D

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  6. Such a great city that I regretfully missed on my visits to England...how I wished I had gotten there.

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  7. I love the story of the two birds - how sweet! Happy April to you, Anna!

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  8. I have never been in Liverpool. Lovely city.
    I like much more old buildings, than the new ones.

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  9. Dear Anna, It is years now since I last visited Liverpool [at the time of The Garden Festival in, I think, the 1980s] and your posting today prompts me to think that a return is long overdue. The extension of the canal through the city is, I feel, a marvellous idea.

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  10. I see Liverpool Mus be put on the List :-)

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  11. The new museum building looks very interesting indeed but for me, cannot compete with the wonderful architecture of traditional Liverpool.
    I used to love the Liver Birds on TV!

    Jeanne x

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  12. I much prefer the old buildings rather than the new ones. I've never been to Liverpool, though I'm not really that far away.

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  13. I wondered what the building that is going to be a museum was, now I know. Love all the info. What great buildings. I did Liverpool last round, but as you know manage to sneak another one in tangentially, great city.

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  14. I much prefer the older architecture, although the Museum does have a certain attraction. The One Park West building is certainly deserving of its award. :)

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  15. We visited Liverpool once when we used to live in England, such short memory and did not see to much of the city. Thanks for your marvelous photos of the city.

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  16. I would love to visit there one day. I love the old buildings, something we just don't see around here.

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  17. Thanks for showing us Liverpool. The last building looks like an interesting place to visit.

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  18. Methinks the museum building will be next year's "winner." Ee gads! :)

    The older buildings, by contrast are lovely and I bet the waterfront is too. Thank you for the tour.

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  19. I'd like to visit; I hear a famous rock band grew up there.

    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!- Ramblin' with Roger

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  20. This city has some beautiful architecture. I would love to visit!

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  21. Liverpool is so much more open and more beautiful than I ever thought it was. I've never been there (as you might guess!) but it looks well worth a visit. Such lovely architecture, too!

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  22. Hi Anna,
    Liverpool is a good choice of L-word! Nice city-scapes.
    I'm very late.
    Best wishes,
    A different "Anna"

    http://annasadornments.blogspot.com/2010/04/abcwednesday-round-6-alphabe-thursday-l.html

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  23. Anna
    Hi thanks for the spring wishes. I have been away for a fortnight without a computer so haven't been blogging but just had a swish through your posts some lovely spring flower photos not so keen on large modern architecture though.

    My Dad is going to be coming to live with us so we are having an enormous clear out of junk so with that and catching up on Lyme Disease things and gardening I may not be around blogging for a little while.

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  24. So many good things come from Liverpool. I used to love watching the Liver Birds too - and then there's - The Beatles, Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Mersey Beats.... oh dear showing my age - used to love them all

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  25. If I ever do my epic England journey (and I will, be warned!), will you take me on a tour of Liverpool?!

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  26. Oh! Forgot to say the marrow peas have germinated. Noogie!

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.