I have listened to and enjoyed the Beatles ever since I can remember. However, in middle school, I had an amazing teacher named Mr. Ericson. It was in his honors English class that I first learned some history of the Beatles and the meanings of some of their songs. It was then that I knew I would love to someday visit Liverpool…where it all began.
Fast forward 20+ years later, and here I am!!!! This is truly something that was on my bucket list. I booked us a 3-hour private tour. While I would have loved to do a half or (better yet) a full day tour, I know my kids well enough to know that 3-hours is already pushing my luck. However, 3-hours was a great amount of time to get to see so much!
We were able to see Ringo’s first and second childhood houses and George’s first childhood home. We were able to see the church where the Quarrymen played and where it is rumored that John and Paul met. The graveyard here also housed the grave of Elinor Rigby and is rumored to be the unintended inspiration for the song. We saw the art school that John attended, which is directly next to the school where Paul and George met a few years before. We saw the house were John lived with his aunt and where many of the early Beatles hits were written. We saw the house were Paul grew up and still lived when the Fab 4 hit stardom. Strawberry Fields is interesting with all the graffiti and the replica red gate, as the original has been taken down. I personally loved seeing Penny Lane, although it is far removed now from how the song portrays the amazing area. We were also able to see the outside of the rebuilt Cavern Club where the Beatles played regularly before making it big. Our tour guide, Ian, was amazing and so very knowledgeable. He had an answer for every question we asked about the Beatles. He also told us so much about the history of Liverpool and it’s important role as a major port city.
The kids did not find the tour nearly as amazing as I did. However, they do like the Beatles and I think will eventually come to appreciate them just as well. Seriously, how lucky are they to have this be part of their music education??
Here are some of the many pictures from our tour (side tip: if you click on a picture, you can see the caption for it to know what you are looking at):
I have already told Jon that I want to go back and do the longer tour and learn even more! Hopefully it won’t take another 20 years!