We had a busy day planned, but decided to just concentrate on the one outing, which was somewhere we have always wanted to visit, Port Sunlight. This pretty village is situated on the other side of The River Mersey, so we took advantage of the speedy Merseyrail to get there.
The weather was fantastic for January, and we were able to explore the whole village with the aid of a tourist map, purchased from the local museum, which was fascinating. The highlight of the day was looking round the Lady Lever art gallery, one of the best galleries I’ve ever been in, and I’ve been in plenty. Many of my favourite artists have their work on display here, including Waterhouse, Millais and Holman Hunt. My favourite paintings were “Bubbles”, with its links to the soap industry and Lord Lever, and “The Scapegoat”, which is such a haunting image.
Having enjoyed afternoon tea at the gallery, we made our way back to the city centre exhausted, and with aching feet. We had planned all sorts for the afternoon, but ended up back at the hotel resting in the lobby.
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