Saturday was another beautiful day, this time back in the United Kingdom at Liverpool. Ray and Traci planned on exploring the city on their own. After a leisurely exit off the ship, they wandered down the waterfront to Albert Dock, a ... Read More
Saturday was another beautiful day, this time back in the United Kingdom at Liverpool. Ray and Traci planned on exploring the city on their own. After a leisurely exit off the ship, they wandered down the waterfront to Albert Dock, a tourist food and shopping mecca. A Liverpool branch of the Tate Modern art museum was their first attraction of the day. Using the very helpful Google Maps, they then found their way to Liverpool Cathedral, a beautiful Anglican church, just in time to enjoy a noontime concerto by the church organist.
A short distance away, Ray and Traci found the much different Catholic church, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Shaped like Disney’s Space Mountain, the structure was quite different than any other Roman Catholic Church either traveler has seen. The history was also very unique. Fundraising and initial construction started with the crypt below ground. This area was quite immense and included many different areas for events and performances. The initial plan was to build an immaculate traditional church – the model rests in the Liverpool museum. Unfortunately, the war and lack of finances prevented the execution of their plan and in 1962, this spaceship looking church was built next to the original crypt. The inside of the cathedral matches the modern appearing outside. From there, Ray and Traci wandered back to the waterfront along the streets of Chinatown. Many Chinese restaurants and shops lined the streets although surprisingly most were closed on a Saturday afternoon. Back at the waterfront, a statue of these local residents seemed to attract a lot of attention: Read Less