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On the Waterfront

The last 3 weekends Liverpool hosted another great event. I was very busy these days and I just had the chance to put some of the pictures taken at the event.

In May it was the 70th anniversary of the battle of the Atlantic. We visited HMS Edinburgh, in Birkenhead.

It was a special event, considering the fact that Cammell Laird opened its gates to the public for the first time in 20 years. After that weekend, the ship was decommissioned. otw_01

After we saw the ship we went to a birthday party and this is why I was dressed so inappropriate for this occasion. Luckily, I’m so used to walk in heels and it wasn’t an issue.
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The ship’s kitchen. I forgot to ask if there were any vegetarians on board :)
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On the 2nd day of the event, 26th May, we went to Liverpool. We visited some very old ships, some of them were over 100 years old.
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On Pier Head there was the field gun display and another equipment display. We took a lot of pictures, but it would be too much to show all of them. The queues were too long and we didn’t get the chance of taking photos inside the helicopter or cars.
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In the Liver Building it was a model boat exhibition. It was very interesting to hear facts about the ships that were on display from the designers.
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Most of the ships had one or even two engines and they were in working condition.
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The Battle of the Mersey was one of the most interesting part of the event.

A group of ‘pirates’ capture a local vessel. The Armed Forces went to the rescue. They swoop in over the Mersey in a Sea King helicopter of the Fleet Air Arm supported by assault ships and patrol craft of the Royal Navy. The ship is recaptured and the pirates brought to justice.
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The 2nd weekend had a lot of activities more suitable for kids and we didn’t go. It was Albert’s Dock 25th anniversary.

I’ve read about Knowsley’s campaign and it was nice to see the elephants.
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This weekend, the last one, was fun. River Mersey Festival was held for 3 days, from Friday to Sunday. On Friday we had other arrangements, but we’ve spent the weekend in L1.

Besides Maritime Museum there were some creatures from the docks. I was able to pet a star fish and we admired the natural grace of the squids. All the creatures were fished out in the morning and they were returned in the water in the afternoon. The experts were eager to talk about them and this made it accessible and interesting for kids too.
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Saturday was Red Bull Harbour Reach 2013. It was the first time I’ve seen wake-boarders and I enjoyed it, but I prefer the zap cats.
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Queen Liz & Sir Walter Raleigh, a contrasting comic duo. They stopped and talked with us, made some jokes.
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Yakovlevs Aircraft Acrobatics had 2 shows, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The crowded was impressed by their ability. The best part of the show was the heart they drew with smoke, but it was too big to catch it in a picture.
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Zap cat racing were very popular. Hubby and I said we should buy a zap cat and start racing. It was thrilling to see the boats and the race.
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Also, there were some performances at Albert Dock or Pier Head. In L1 it was a faire with a few stalls.
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Another one of our favourite was Liverpool International Canoe Polo Tournament. I thought it was boring, but we went to see them anyway. I loved it! Of course I was thinking of buying 2 canoes too.
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Brouhaha International Carnival was Sunday morning and it was amazing. I really loved it. The music was entertaining and the costumes very colorful.
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The River Mersey Festival finished with Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. It was entertaining to see them dance. I would go again to see them.
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