Susan & Richard's European Adventure 2013 travel blog

Fairy Glen Snowdonia NP

John Lennon Statue

Liverpool Harbor

Penny Lane

Strawberry Field

The Cavern

The Cavern

Uncovered Neolithic Burial Tomb

We were sad to see Ireland fade in the distance as our ferry headed east to Wales. Ireland has been one of our favorite places. Our first few days in Wales were spent in the resort town of Betwsy-y-coed located in Snowdonia National Park. We hiked everyday often in the rain. We then headed north to Liverpool. Liverpool has gone through a lot of redevelopment in the past ten years with a new wharf and port area and vibrant city center. I was surprised at the number of tourists walking around the city with their city maps and cameras. Liverpool’s claim to fame is The Beatles. We took the two-hour Magical Mystery Bus Tour which takes you past the childhood homes, schools, and hang-outs of John, Paul, George and Ringo. We stopped at Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields both which became famous through music. The tour ended at the world famous nightclub “The Cavern”. The Cavern is where the Beatles played for years and is still a very popular place for big name musicians. The Cavern is appropriately named as it is about four stories underground. In actuality, this Cavern is not the same one the Beatles played in. The original was knocked down but because most of it was underground, they later rebuilt it in the same location using the original bricks. During the day, Beatle music is continually played by local musicians who are quite good. The Cavern was a nice place to duck into when it rained.

We are now in the resort town of Buxton located in an area called the Peaks District National Park. It is a popular area for people from Liverpool and Manchester to visit. The main attraction is hiking. Unfortunately, it has been raining a lot and is a bit on the chilly side. We do gear up with our rain pants and jackets and brave the weather but the trails are very muddy too. Many of the trails go through farmer’s fields so they are both muddy and poopy. We will be in this area for a few more days before heading north to York.

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