The BF came to visit this past weekend (as he does every weekend 😀 ) and we had SO much fun!!! Friday night I cooked pasta and steamed squash and we watched How I Met Your Mother (season 1). I do miss my sitcoms, I must admit.
On Saturday he came back around lunchtime and we had lunch then went off for a fun-filled day! We started by taking the bus to a church I’ve passed a few times (a roof-less church. I know) but never gone to. As it has no roof (??) I was intrigued.
It’s called St. Lukes and it was bombed during the Blitz (May ’41). The city of Liverpool bought it from the Church of England and they’ve landscaped the gardens and they use the church as a sort of gathering place/open air venue, etc.
We hopped back on the bus and continued to the Albert Dock. On the waterfront, it has tons of pubs and restaurants, shops, hotels, and museums.
We went to the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum (which is inside the Maritime Museum).
It was huuuuuuge! There was an exhibit about World War Two and Britain’s role (especially the Navy, obv), one on three sinking ships that had strong ties to Liverpool (The Titanic, The Lusitania, and the Empress). The Titanic was registered in Liverpool and the captain had lived in Merseyside (Liverpool) for 40 years before moving to Southampton. One of the musicians lived on Smithdown Road, which is in my neighborhood.
Something I learned that I hadn’t heard before was that when The Titanic sailed, she was only sailing at HALF capacity, and they STILL only had lifeboats for 50% of those on board. Imagine if it had been sailing at full capacity. We also learned that one of the first lifeboats launched was launched with 12 people in it, and it had been built and approved for 40. Double 😦
Another exhibit was called “Hello Sailor! Gay Life on the Ocean Wave” and it was smaller but really interesting.
There was also an exhibit called “Seized,” which has less to do with Maritime history and more with border patrol overall, but it’s basically about the role of the UK Border Agency and taxation and how goods smuggled in hurt the economy and environment and pose risks to public safety. They had displays of all the stuff that’s been seized either at airports or in the post, some innocent (people buying Ivory or snakeskin boots on holiday, for example, and not knowing they can’t bring it back) but also things like weapons, drugs, and counterfeit goods.
I don’t have any photos but you’d be amazed at the stuff people attempted to bring or smuggle into the UK. Pickled vipers, for one. I know, right? Apparently they’re used in some kind of Eastern medicine or something. There was also a lot of stuff from protected animals – ivory, skins, furs, butterfly wings, etc. (On a side note, what kind of heinous person could pull the wings off a butterfly? Seriously? Gah.)
Then there were the weapons. Someone apparently tried to bring an Israeli assault rifle in. Needless to say it didn’t make it through. Everything from guns to knives to brass knuckles.
We then went to the International Slavery Museum which is on the top floor and was way bigger than I expected it to be. Apparently it’s moving to another building in the next year or so in order to have more space but it was a great exhibit.
This is a sculpture called “Freedom” and it was made out of recycled materials in Haiti by young Haitians and some famous sculptors.
Another part of the museum was an exhibit about domestic servants and slavery and told the stories of people who had gone to work as domestic servants (either in Britain or other countries) and been forced into slavery, basically, by being forced to work for no money and in being stuck, basically, in countries without legal rights or support. We spent a few hours going through all of the exhibits in the museums, and after, we left to go to dinner.
As you all know, I LOVE Jamie Oliver. With a capital “L.” So imagine my excitement when I found out that one of his restaurants had been opened in Liverpool.
The BF suggested we go as a celebration dinner, to celebrate his new job and the beginning of the school year for me. I, of course, agreed.
We got there at 4:45 because I’d been told if you go later there are lines out the door. I figured 4:45 would be a safe time. Guess what? It was PACKED and there was a thirty minute wait. At 4:45.
So we waited by the bar and we were seated around 5:15.
For a starter we got an assortment of breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The BF ordered some pasta with a creamy sauce and ham (I forget the name) and I got Spaghetti Bolognese (which I have absolutely no clue how to spell).
So, the food was awesome and I, obviously, was with the most handsome man in the restaurant :D. So overall, the meal was awesome all around!
So that was my weekend! NEXT weekend should prove to be even more awesome. We’re going to see a sculpture called “Dream,” to Ikea, then to Manchester! We’re going to an Italian restaurant we found a coupon for (BOGO baby!) and then to the movies. I am also trying to find a museum or something to see before dinner. I’m still working on it.