We had intended to catch the X8 bus into Liverpool, but local advice prevailed and advised us to take the train. We purchased Saveaway tickets which gave us travel on Bus, Train and Ferry. (2 seniors & 2 kids for around £15) The train took us under the Mersey directly into Liverpool Lime Street, albeit stopping at every station, and from there we walked down through the shopping district to The Pierhead. We stopped at Poundcafe to fortify ourselves with a late cooked breakfast, good value I thought at 30p per item.
When we reached The Pierhead we showed our Saveaway tickets and were given ferry tickets for the 20 minute trip over to Seacombe on board the Dazzle Ferry, Snowdrop. The design was created by Sir Peter Blake in honour of the patterns that were first used on vessels in World War One to confuse the enemy.
When we arrived at Seacombe we visited Spaceport, I think as much for Grandma’s benefit as the grandchildren. The exhibition was very good with lots of interactive things to entertain us. After spending a couple of hours there we grabbed a quick snack in the Café Cross the Mersey before hopping back aboard the ferry down to Woodside to revisit the U-Boat exhibition.
As we returned back to The Pierhead we thought we might round off the day with an open-top bus tour, but the weather, which had been drizzly all day, took a turn for the worse and turned into torrential rain and put paid to that idea. We tried to dodge the rain drops all the way back to Albert Dock where this group of drowned rats took refuge in a providential recess where there was a hot air outlet to dry us off.
Our dry state didn’t last long as we got drenched again as we went back to Christakis Greek Taverna to give the grandkids their first experience of Greek Cuisine. Morley demolished a full adult portion of Afelia, a pork casserole, and Iona had Chicken Souvlaki with Greek Salad and rice which she declared to be much nicer than what she usually has (better than Grandma’s or Mummy’s she whispered) Flatbread and Pitta was also a hit not to mention my Mousaka and Joy’s Chicken Casserole, cooked in tomato sauce with herbs, carrots, celery & onions.
Thankfully the rain had stopped by the time we left and the short walk to Liverpool Central took us to our train back to Ellesmere Port and we called a taxi to take us back to our mooring which was well worth the £3 fare to save four sets of tired legs.