Love love love showing this city to new people and thanks to Alyn Smith my ex geography student for brining his students up from Gateway Academy for a cultural educational tour of Liverpool – fantastic weather and great photo taking opportunity especially as two of the students are into graffiti and art – photos say it all !!! Will add their reflections later 🙂
Feedback from the students showed the day had an impact on them and I hope to see them again soon ! Here are some of their comments ……
today was amazing as i seen so many nice different places and people it was a great trip that i would defiantly come back to Liverpool again. The buildings that we saw such as the bombed out church and hearing how it has so much history .. you can can actually feel the atmosphere that was there !
i would like to thank all of you for this an amazing trip and would love to move to Liverpool
Teri says …
today walking around Liverpool I saw how amazing and beautiful the city is as we visited or drove past the landmarks such as the Albert docks and then we visited the Liverpool riverfront and Ringo Starr’s old house that he used to live in (now derelict in the welsh streets). We also visited Sefton park which had a giant green house in the middle, which we didn’t go into but we saw inside and it had palm trees and other plants in it.
When we started the tour we visited two cathedrals one cathedral was a modern design, the other was an older design and it looked so amazing on the outside but the inside was even better, the celling was so high and the interior architecture was just mind blowing and unbelievable. The second cathedral was my favourite as it had just so many amazing elements of architecture.
We also visited some Banksy’s pieces of work the first one was of a rat with a cats face then the second was of the famous aeroplane and smoke in a shape of a love-heart which was very exciting as I’m a big fan of Banksy. We also visited two shopping centres which were both very different and i did have a clear favourite….. the day was very enjoyable for me as i saw so much of Liverpool and i have grown to love the city as the people are so friendly kind and polite and there are so many cultures – also the city has such amazing buildings and just seems safe in itself.
It’s been very interesting and i went out my way to come here and I have actually changed my mind about what i was looking for when i came to Liverpool.
My plan was to look at all the fashion and see what differences there were by comparing the two places liverpool and essex. and today i was enticed into all the graffiti and the way they have meanings and the way it isnt considered as graffiti up here but as art. I even got the chance to see two peices of banksy’s art work one was covered up and i felt kinda sad about that as i really love all of his art peices and it was the first art peice i have ever seen in real life!
On our way back in the mini bus i recognised the top of one of banksys art works and i was so happy to see it uncovered that i made everyone get off the mini bus so i could go and get a photo taken with it and see it up close. When we got back to the corner of where the work was i was so happy as on the bottom they have actually put a plastic sheet over banksy’s artwork so it cant get destroyed or graffitied over and it made me happy to see hat people dont see it as ilegal but as local art…. the difference is because in essex the artwork will be considered as illegal but in liverpool they put a plastic sheet over it in order to protect it and it generally made me really happy and i have had a fantastic time in liverpool seeing all the sights, getting a tour and talking to the university students and getting to see the real culture behind Liverpool.
And Darren says
… my trip to Liverpool, were do i start ? from the crazy bus tours to the mad clubs and shops in seconds theres so much to do and its hard to choose. The surrounds are beautiful and the people are lovely, its completely different from back home. I really enjoyed my time in Liverpool as we went to some amazing bars and saw some great sights …. theres just so much life in Liverpool! Would I ever visit Liverpool again? hell yeah ! I’ve only seen a bit of Liverpool and it was brilliant theres so much more I want to see and I will see it all one day I can assure you of that.
Photo: Chris Allen (far left) and Sara Parker (centre) with staff and students from the Gateway Academy at the start of the urban trail cultural tour of Liverpool