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Liverpool to Llangollen

You can never have too many /l/s in your life.


Good morning Liverpool! Started the day with a relaxing breakfast, looking out over the Mersey and planning for the day ahead. Since it was only drizzling rain, we decided to walk into town and checked out the waterfront area. Albert Dock had lots of monuments and maritimey themed thingies, and it was also there that we discovered the phenomenon that is Superlambananas. These lovely constructions are a warning against the perils of genetically modified foods, while also acknowledging Liverpool's main exports of wool and bananas. And no, I did not make any of that up.
After the excitement of Superlambananas, the Fab4D experience was a little underwhelming. It gave a Beatles-esque perspective on what it must be like to experience hallucinations, and was mildly entertaining. The Beatles Hidden Gallery was more my cup of tea, with some interesting photos. Keeping with the Beatles theme, we went into town and had a pint (between us!) at the Cavern Club. I then ate a Penguin in the main street of Liverpool, and that was the beginning of the end - the bad accent impersonations had begun. Poor Simon. To be fair, he's been saying "g'day" to absolutely everyone we meet so I was just trying to balance out his Australian-ness...
Next stop - the museum with maritime exhibits, slavery exhibits and customs exhibits. Interesting, and free! Always a bonus. And like every other place we have visited so far, there was a customer satisfaction survey at the end of it all. Just for the record: Liverpool gets a gold star from me :)
We hit the road, but got a bit confused by the distinct lack of speed signs, and prevalence of speed camera warning signs. Simon just tried to drive about as fast as the other cars, and hope for the best. Will keep you posted on any speeding fines...
Made it to Llanfairpwg....gogogoch. What a name for such a tiny little town! They really milk the tourism aspect; there's a shop that lures you in with Llanfair... souvenirs and then turns out to be a big shop of everything - kind of like Clark's in Swan Hill.
Our final destination for today is Llangollen - easier to spell, not much easier to say. We got chatting to an American couple - Larry and Patti - whose son went to uni in Perth for a semester, five years ago. So we're practically related, yeah?
Our accommodation (Gales - go there) is amazing - the room is huuuuuuuge, comfy and clean. AND there are hot chocolate sachets in the room! You tea and coffee drinkers always just assume that you will be given provisions for your beverages, but to find hot chocolate sachets standing proudly alongside the teabags - why, it brought a tear to my eye! Just marvellous.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant was equally amazing - Pip, the host with a splendid beard was very passionate about food and wine, and it made for a most delightful evening. On the downside though, Simon hasn't been brave enough for a rematch of Monopoly Deal again yet... Maybe tomorrow.

Posted by Buccas 14:27 Archived in Wales

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