Sunday, 28 November 2010

The 39 Steps of Anfield

Freezing cold temperatures today so there've not been many people about.  I rode north, right up to Anfield, home of Liverpool FC.  The streets around the ground are pretty run down and halfway through being "regenerated" (knocked down).  This is one house in that area.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Bus Station Seats

Liverpool's new bus station (in the middle of Liverpool One) is already showing signs of wear and it's only 3 years old...

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Dockside Pub

Another trip down the docks - this time in bright glaring sunshine.  I found this pub, seemingly full of life and doing its best to attract passing trade.  It was closed as it was only 10am (though there was probably a lock-in going on within).

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Albert Dock

It was a lovely day today - just right for biking!  En route I got this shot of Liverpool's new waterfront.  This one is looking in with me back to the river, with a view of the new hotels and apartments that seem to have sprung up hereabouts...

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Free Water for the People!

As a cyclist who is tight with his money (!) I am always looking for places to fill up me water bottle.  The usual one is at garages, where you can usually fill up where the car people pump up their tyres.  Whilst free, the water only tastes OK.  Cemetaries are usually a good bet as well as they have a standpipe for the graveside flowers.  Allotments also usually have a tap somewhere in them but you normally need a key to get in.  Museums, art galleries, shopping centres and other public buildings always have a toilet with a tap, but they get fussy when they see a sweating man leaning a bike on their precious wall/branch of Gap/priceless work of art and chase you away sharpish.

I was chatting to a bike mechanic the other day about the quest for "a tap in town".  Most of my rides go through there and it is always good to have a source of water there to add to the mental network of taps around the Liverpool area.  He told me about The Liverpool Spa (as it is known) and gave me directions - at the back of the Anglican Cathedral (we have two cathedrals in Liverpool - one for Catholics and one for, well, Anglicans) - in the gardens, left just before the mausoleum thing - use a leaf to get it to flow rather than spew...

Sure enough... The water tastes good too - filtered through sandstone and other such rocks.  Much better than garage water...  Almost worth the trip to taste it - not just for the humble cyclist...
And a shot of the cathedral it is behind - the Anglican.  Massive - and you can climb the steps to the top of that big tower too...

Monday, 1 November 2010

Public Transport in Liverpool

Two girls yak whilst waiting at the new bus station in Liverpool.  Huge big wheel in the background adds to it.  With apologies to Edward Hopper.

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