So we start the adventure squashed into the back of AJ's car loaded with duvets and pillows, zooming over the Pennines on a dark Sunday night in May to gather with the rest of the family at Grandma's for the Cunard weekend, you can read all about it here on the Cunard website - Three Queens salute Liverpool
but not before we catch the midnight fun at Wallasey Town Hall - crowds on the prom waiting for the firework display to kick off the weekend
such a great atmosphere - and the dark Mersey ever flowing below
We glimpse the first of the Queen Cunarders, safely moored outside the Liver Building and awaiting her two sister ships tomorrow
and we're treated to the fireworks at last - OOOOs and Ahhhhs all round
and now flash forward to the next morning - the Cunarders assembled for battle, armed with tasty flat whites, at Woodside.
and securing a spot right under that magnificent Art Deco ventilation shaft for the Birkenhead Tunnel. Great article here on the architecture of the Mersey Tunnel too.
we patiently await (and no, that's not Tilly with binoculars on David's shoulder!!)
First comes the lovely Razzle Dazzle ferry - here was my earlier piece when we first spotted 'Snowdrop' a few months ago - Razzle Dazzle
Followed by the proud little pilot boat
getting closer and closer
then the first of the Queens (I now have no idea which was which - sorry!!)
but they were pretty impressive
especially as they danced and turned in tight circles around eachother
Some pretty good pics and video footage here, so you get the picture: LIverpool Echo coverage
But finally hunger called - and we dived under the River . . .
to Liddypool and the wonderful Bluecoat cafe, for a pretty good nosh
And then we were loose on the streets
ambling back to Lime Street for J's train
only to find total chaos and queues
but finally, mission completed
and we were off back to meet up with the crew - via a quick sample of the new Liverpool city bikes
and here was a lovely little Pixie I know . . .
and yours truely
This is the other Mersey Tunnel ventilation shaft on t'other side. Someone's done a brilliant blog piece on the Mersey tunnel if you're interested: Wonders of the World: The Mersey Tunnel
A final glimpse of one of the ships
before everyone headed home.
And a wonderful whirlwind day it was. All tired, all happy.