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Are there any Beatles Fans here?

My friend and I joined a bus load full of them for the two hour Magical Mystery Tour. We boarded this big comfortable bus at the Albert Dock and it was a pretty full load considering it wasn't tourist season. What a beautiful day for a tour!

Coming to Liverpool and walking around, you don't see outside of the city core. The bus tour serves the dual purpose of showing you around and, of course, there is the Beatles theme. [She loves you. Ya-ya-ya] Their music was playing in the background - how to set the mood! Of course the guide was well informed and entertaining.

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The bus set out with a real sense of purpose, winding its way through the city streets and we caught sight of rows of red brick buildings and mature trees that were just setting their buds. It was all so green. Our first stop, above, and below, Penny Lane.

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At one point, the Beatles were asked to write about where they were raised. The song, Penny Lane, was one of the results. Reciting lines from it, our guide pointed out the sights and we pulled over on Penny Lane to have our photos taken with the street signs. There was nothing particularly different about the street - it's just famous from the lyrics. Above, is a stretch of the sidewalk on Penny Lane and the bus is just outside of the picture frame.

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[Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout] There is no longer a nurse selling poppies from a tray here, but there is the shelter. The barbershop referenced in the song is also nearby.

The bus pulled over. We all dismounted and were led around the corner.

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The tour guides had us keep a respectable distance from the houses where the Beatles were raised. You see, some of them are occupied! We were told the National Trust was trying to buy them all but hadn't yet. Imagine having a tour bus pull up in front of your place several times a day with tourists gawking at it!

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This is where George was raised. We were told where the future Beatles met and how they met. We were shown their schools. You got a feel for where they hung out and why it was convenient considering where they all lived. Interesting details. We tiptoed back around the corner and got back on the bus.

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[Eleanor Rigby, Died in the church and was buried along with her name] There really is an Eleanor Rigby buried in this churchyard. We couldn't stop here so the photo is taken through the bus window.

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[Let me take you down cos I'm going to, Strawberry Fields...] The bright red gate marks the entrance to Strawberry Fields where there was a picnic for orphans once a year. We all got off the bus here for photos. Developers had fought over this area for years but something is finally going to happen with it and it involves the Salvation Army, and that is fitting.

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Turn around and look the other way to get a feel for this neighbourhood.

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Once again, the bus pulled over. Here, we can see the house where John Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi. It's also where he lost his mother when she was hit by a car as she crossed the road. John and Paul probably bonded over losing their mothers, Paul at 14 and John at 17.

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I seem to recall being in Ringo's area here and somehow missed his house..

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On the road again, sitting at the front of the bus as it travels down the left side of the street, the normal way in the UK.

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We pulled over and went for another short walk, this time to the McCartney home. This one has been purchased by the National Trust.

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The guide joked about how Liverpool wouldn't name anything after someone who was living. They waited until twenty years after a person was gone to ensure they had some staying power. Imagine thinking all the Beatles don't yet have staying power, but that explains why John Lennon has the airport, for example, named after him as well as other things, and nothing has been named after the others yet.

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Paul McCartney cofounded the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in what had been his old school, the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. He has attended every graduation ceremony there.

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At the end of the school's street, what looks like old briefcases is a statue. The bus didn't stop here, so I took the photos through its window of the school and the children climbing all over the art work.

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Here we are near the end of the tour and heading back to downtown Liverpool. The bus dropped us off about a block from The Cavern Club and led us to it. It's the subject of another upcoming post - I hope you come back for it!

References

Magical Mystery Tour
Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA)

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Photos from my Canon SX620HS in Liverpool, UK

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I didn't know there was such a tour and I can imagine that it gets very busy during tourist seasons. It looks like you learned a lot. The streets and houses don't look special to me but it's because I'm not such a fan of Beatles but I can imagine it's an amazing experience for someone who likes their music :) It's an interesting fact that they wouldn't name anything after someone who is still alive :) But their names on the streets or houses will eventually get there too :)

Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your curie vote!

And of course, I couldn't write everything he said in 2 hours! Thank you!

I'm not a Beatles fan but I respect them and their achievement. They made history, no one can deny that. I've never been to those places, nor have I seen them in photos, so it was nice to read your blog and watch the photos. I'm sure the tour was interesting and exciting, especially for a Beatles fan. Thank you for taking us on a virtual tour :)
P.S. It's a bit strange seeing kids climbing up the statue, that is not allowed in my country, people got 5 year jail time for that.

Kids are not normally allowed to climb statues. You might enjoy my post on The Cavern Club where The Beatles and many others got their start.

Then this must have been a special occasion, which is good because climbing statues does not do any good for the statue and it's dangerous as well as they can get hurt. Thanks for the link, I'm going to check it out.

A great tour to go on. I wouldn't be that upset with a bus pulling up every day as the house is worth a lot more. Whoever bought it knew the history behind it and it is a good investment. They will make more than the value because of the Beatles name attached to it. Very interesting post as I would also like to do this tour one day.

That's a good point! Since you enjoyed the tour, you might also enjoy my visit to The Cavern Club.

Great tour. Liverpool looks like a lovely city, as if its most famous recidents were not enough to make it attractive.
Everything looks so neat. Is the whole city like that or doesit have "ugly" sections?
It must feel great to walk those streets and visit the places The Beattles shared.

That's a good question. There are some tiny townhouses like other areas in England but I didn't see anything I would call bad. Those big white buildings near the harbour were very impressive. Thank you for commenting.

A bus full of people with same interest in music, ya ya ya. Sounds fun. Great pictures :)

It sure was fun!

hey @kansuze,
first of all congratulation for the curation, it always makes the author happier. Personally I am not a fan of so-called "Hop-on Hop-off"buses which are very common in the most popular tourist cities or destination points. Always when I am travelling, I am trying to avoid them and reach everything by myself, but honestly I've never heard about this kind of activity related with THE BEATLES which I consider as one of the most important bands ever ! I really envy you and as I am a typical hater of the commercial tourist solutions, this time I would be the one sitting on the front, listening like a kid everything what a travel guide had to say for the whole two hours of your journey :)
great fun, great post, great idea !

Thanks @cubapl! The sites were spread out far enough away from the downtown that it would have been difficult to find them. It's great that they were pulled together into a tour. I hope you get to go on it some day.

hi @kansuze
what a great tour you did !! I don't know how much you are Beatles fans, but seeing the places where these greats of music have grown and met makes us excited, isn't it? it's like being part of history for a moment, like walking down the street and meeting them. Still young as if time had not passed, when they were all still alive and the screams of the girls followed them everywhere. A dream that they were able to transform into reality, they have forever changed the international music scene.
did the guide say anything about the legend of the alleged death of Paul McCartney ??
I can't wait to see the rest of the post !!
congratulations on the curie vote and thanks for sharing with us

Nobody asked about Paul's death. Fun tour and, yes, I can't wait to show you the cavern.

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