flags-Honest MumThis family LOVES Liverpool, I nearly studied English at the university there before opting for the bright lights of London and Goldsmiths, University of London- but now we live in Leeds, we like to visit it a lot-for culture, shopping, great food and family fun.

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The buzz of Liverpool is like no other city in the world, the locals are so friendly, welcoming and warm, the architecture staggeringly beautiful with over 2,500 listed buildings in one place, described by English Heritage as England’s finest Victorian city…

It’s such a happy-maker of a city, I urge you to visit if you haven’t already!

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…Last weekend saw us meeting up with London based friends Ruth and Paul and their children Rosa-Maria and Antonio (along with some of Paul’s relatives too), in his home city of Liverpool for a perfect family day out filled with food, culture and lots of laughter.

…I met Ruth when we both had babies at similar times, my eldest, Oliver is just 4 days older than Rosa-Maria and they were ‘best baby friends’ when we lived close to one another in South West London-it was touching seeing them connect again as little people too.

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Ruth and I bonded instantly over our kids, cultural backgrounds and shared interests-I, Greek Cypriot, she, Colombian and we cemented our friendship at a time in our lives when everything felt so new and a little surreal with new babies in tow and new lives!

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I’ll never forget how much it meant to me having Ruth a mere twenty minutes away when my family felt so far away in Leeds- we’d meet up weekly to talk, eat (Ruth and I love to cook) and go for long walks in South West London, usually by the pretty river in Richmond and Twickenham or to Richmond Park, to feed the ducks, take in the sunshine and enjoy picnics under the trees.

Most importantly we were able to support one another at such an important time in our lives where new friendships are so crucial to feeling normal when not much else does.

Now with two children each, it was the first time we were able to get together to meet one another’s new additions (we’d met solo in London of course)-and it was such a fun day-windy but bright with fab Italian food (thanks Zizzi and for your great service too), wonderful company with Paul’s sweet and entertaining family-his Mum, sister and her fiance also joined us…and of course, the perfect opportunity to see Liverpool with our very own personal tour guide: Paul.

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After a long lunch we took in the beautiful views before heading to the Museum of Liverpool, a free must-see museum for all the family…

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…With a quick stop outside to appreciate these beauties first!

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These vibrant Superlambananas are utterly captivating- weighing almost eight tons and standing at 17 feet tall, they’re a cross between a banana and a lamb, designed by Manhattan-based Japanese artist Taro Chiezo and certainly brightened up our day!

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Chiezo actually only created a four-inch model; the full-size replica was made by four local artists: Andy Small, Julian Taylor, Tommy Reason and Ray Stokes and developed for the 1998 ArtTransPennine Exhibition.

The pieces are both a comment on the dangers of genetic engineering and also signifiers of Liverpool: historically both sheep and bananas were common cargos in the city’s docks. And aren’t they gorgeous? I’d love a dress in that print too?! Any thoughts on that Chiezo?!

…Inside, we reflected on this uplifting city’s history, geography and global significance learning more about Liverpool’s famous playwrights, creatives, sportsmen and leaders (I found a film of vox poxs of well known Liverpudlians and locals truly touching) and the kids were occupied for hours…

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Oliver-Honest MumThere is just so much to do and see in Liverpool, we’ll be back again soon, that’s for sure…

Have you been?


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33 Responses

  1. Hay In A Day

    I’ve only ever been to Liverpool once and didn’t get chance to sightsee so I must go back, it looks an interesting city! #brillblogposts
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  2. ghostwritermummy

    Ah what fab photos- we love Liverpool too. Luka has become quite The Beatles fan just lately so we plan to take him to the museum this summer. We also love the maritime museum 🙂
    x x x
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    • honestmum

      Oh fab, yes wanted to see the Beatles museum but didn’t have enough time-def next time and will check out the maritime musuem too x

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  3. susankmann

    Looks like such a lovely city. I’ve never been, but it is somewhere I’d like to go. Love the pictures x
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  4. Coombemill

    I’ve never been to Liverpool but you make it look like a lovely day out with plenty to see and do. A great looking city.
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    • honestmum

      It is truly gorgeous Fiona, you must visit, so, so much to do! x
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  5. Maria

    What a beautiful day for a trip. Meeting such a great supportive friend and spending your time with each other’s family makes it even better, I bet.

    Your photos are stunning and makes me yearn for a trip to Liverpool.

    Maria
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  6. Nomita | Ebabee

    You’ve sold me on Liverpool. Whenever we go away even for a short break, for some reason I instinctively look to go abroad. But a weekend in Liverpool is now sounding very appealing. Thanks for sharing. Stunning pictures by the way! x
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  7. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    I really do love geographical blog posts from around the UK. Vicki, if I send you a list of places I haven’t visited in years up that way, will you do a northern tour just for me? Looks like you had such a great day – that blue sky is stunning! It must have been so warming to meet with friends with such a close bond, I could feel the love! Also nice hearing about your old haunts in my neck of the woods in SW London -Pembroke Lodge strolls? I must confess, I’ve only visited Liverpool once in my life. We must return. Do they still have those boats which start off as cars? xx

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    • honestmum

      Ha love the sound of the Northern tour but you must come and I can show you around! Such fab friends and we did love our time in SW London. Do visit Liverpool again, it’s such a stunning city! Thanks for your lovely comment, your comments always make me smile x

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      • Fiona @ Free Range Chick

        Literally, as soon as the kids are able to ‘do travelling’ (they complain on a 20-minute journey), we will head north – and I will give you a bell! x
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      • honestmum

        Would LOVE that and mine are not great travellers either, we find driving at night is the only way with them! x

  8. The Reading Residence

    I last visited Liverpool when I was pregnant with my oldest, so we’ve yet to take the kids. You have me quite fancying visiting again after looking at your photos, though!
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  9. Notmyyearoff

    I love Liverpool, we have an office very near to the Docks so love just looking out the window. It’s so nice to have that friend you bond with in the very early baby days when everything is so scary. And looks like you’re just as close now despite the distance.

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  10. Chloe (Sorry About The Mess)

    Ah, I didn’t know you had lived near Richmond. That’s where I grew up. Lovely place to spend your days with a new baby. I took the riverside and Richmond park completely for granted until I moved away!
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    • honestmum

      We had a place in Barnes before moving back to Yorkshire, loved Richmond-such a stunning place to grow up in-I grew up in Ilkley in Yorkshire and Barnes and Richmond really reminded me of there! Where are you now? x

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  11. Louisa

    Your photos are just stunning. I have only visited Liverpool once, on a sixth form school trip, many, many years ago. It’s wonderful that you got a chance to catch up with old friends and explore the sites at the same time. #whatsthestory

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  12. You Baby Me Mummy

    I love Liverpool. I was born and partly brought up in Cheshire, so we used to go clubbing in Liverpool. I went back recently and fell in love with Liverpool One. Glad you had a fun time x
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    • honestmum

      Oh wow, love the clubbing scene in Liverpool, in fact girlfriends and I are planning a night out there soon, Liverpool One is fabulous x

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  13. Franglaise Mummy

    I studied there for 3 years, so I associate it with crazy drunken nights out, lectures, exams and graduating. We’ve also got family there so go back to visit once a year or so. Lovely blog post about a great city x
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      • Franglaise Mummy

        I went to Liverpool John Moores, but had such a blast – next time I’m up north I’ll let you know x
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      • honestmum

        My friend went there, fab uni and they had some wild nights when I visited! Please do let me know x

  14. Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    Love, love, love Liverpool. I studied there, worked near there and spent too many drunken nights out there. It’s a fantastic city. My aunt has a view of the Albert Dock area from here apartment … the boys love running along there too. Actually, I must give her a call and pop over there. Haven’t been for a few weeks. Lovely post xx
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    • honestmum

      Oh that’s so lovely, we adore the city, let me know when you are next there and free and we’ll have a family meet up xx

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