I haven’t lived in Liverpool for nearly 14 years, and although it’s an easy distance from where I live now, I can no longer honestly call it home. Still, although I left the city, it has never left me and it never will; if you’re familiar with our accent, you’ll know why! I only have to open my mouth and let a few words fall before I’m identified as hailing from the city of Liverpool. They don’t speak Scouse like us anywhere else!
If you haven’t been to Liverpool, it’s time you gave it a go. The city is thriving and there’s never been a better time to visit. I may be completely and unashamedly biased, but these days it’s a city filled with visitors, and for good reason. Oh, and if you’re only thinking about The Beatles, think again. Liverpool is also rich in art galleries, museums and is a shoppers paradise. You’ll hear more on what there is to love about Liverpool here, in coming posts (and, yes, you’ll hear about The Beatles too – we are born knowing the words to every song by the Fab Four in this city)!
It’s worth noting, too, that Liverpool is also a city that has come a long way. In 2012 it became the UK’s fastest growing economy outside of London, and in 2011 it was voted the UK’s friendliest city by Condé Nast Traveller for the second year running (see, we’re a friendly bunch! So don’t be afraid to ask us to speak more slowly if our Scouse accent gives you problems)!
And if I haven’t convinced you to consider it for a city break yet, well let me take you on a walk around the waterfront…
So if you plan on visiting the UK, give Liverpool a chance to impress you and the locals a chance to welcome you. Be prepared to be impressed and possibly to party into the early hours. It can be a Hard Day’s Night after all (I know, I know – I couldn’t help it)!
Have you been to Liverpool? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments. As always, I love to hear what you think.