Liverpool is another cultural icon within the UK well worth visiting. In 2008 it was European Capital of Culture and even five years on, you can see why. A fabulous mix of architecture sees the aesthetic remodeling of post-war Liverpool, that was heavily bombed because of the strategic docks – this juxtaposes the historic with the modern, with the modern art of the Tate to the diced sections of a German u-boat. One cannot forget that like other well known shipping ports, such as Bristol and London, the original wealth of this fair city was built on the back of the slave trade. How different things are today! The docks, with the famous Liver Buildings and the ferry across the Mersey still stand as landmarks to this city’s heritage. For personal reasons Liverpool is also the home of my parents (Alie), until the 1950s, so its fascinating following in the footsteps of where Mum and Dad went a courting.