The “liver bird” is a mythical creature that has been the symbol for the city of Liverpool (pics) since it was first used on its corporate seal in 1350. It is generally represented as a cormorant-like bird and can be seen in various places around the city, most notably atop the twin towers of the Royal Liver Building. Legend has it that were these two birds to fly away then the city would cease to exist.
As a result of a scheduling issue we spent one night in Leeds (pics), one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. Recent redevelopment efforts have transformed Leeds from near derelict mill town into skyscraping office blocks, waterfront apartment complexes and renovated Victorian shopping arcades.
York (pics) is England’s most medieval city with a web of narrow streets surrounded by magnificent 13th century walls. And at its center is the York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world and England’s second most important cathedral.
Victoria and Albert Museum
While in London we were able to squeeze in visits to some of this city’s fine museums, the cavernous National Gallery, the fascinating National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum (pics).
Some London Highlights
Briefly, some fun highlights from London (pics).