Following on from part 1 of my stay in Liverpool and all of the walking we had done around the city, we all woke up really hungry, so couldn't wait for breakfast. The Travelodge we stayed in only provided breakfast boxes as it doesn't have a restaurant inside, however we were lucky enough to be allowed to go to the next hotel which did, so that we could sample the amazing unlimited breakfast buffet.
We had to walk about ten minutes to get to the other hotel, but it just meant we got to see more of Liverpool and by the time we were sitting down and eating it was completely worth it!
There was a hot buffet to help ourselves too (which also had vegetarian sausages), cereals, fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, toast, pastries and unlimited hot and cold drinks. As you can see from the picture we made the most of the 'unlimited' side of things, but it was all so delicious and fresh and really set us up for another busy day.
Last time I was in Liverpool I saw a little bit of the docks but didn't really get to explore much, so we made sure to make time for it and spent our full morning of day two there. After breakfast we walked the short ten minutes from our hotel through the shopping area and down towards the river, the weather was pretty windy, but quite bright so we were able to enjoy our time there. We have already decided, as we loved it so much that we're going to make sure to come back in the Summer holidays so that we can sit outside with a drink and really take it all in hopefully without the cold wind!
There was a real buzz around the docks, everyone seemed to be loving Liverpool, taking photos and generally just having a nice time. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to go into (of course we weren't hungry after our mammoth breakfast!), ice cream vans, the big carousel (which Elodie just loved!), some museums and the Tate Gallery which is where we headed to next...
I studied art at college so really enjoyed taking Robbie & Elodie round the Tate Gallery and I managed to impress them by recognising some of the work in there! 
One of the best things about the gallery is that entry is free, and it's a great way to spend an hour or so of your day (in from the cold if necessary!), there's also a cafe with lovely views of the docks and an amazing gift shop which sells everything from fridge magnets to beautiful art books, which the gallery will post to anywhere in the world for free if you don't want to carry them away with you.
The main exhibition right now is Matisse in Focus which runs until 2nd May 2016 if you want to catch it, you can even see his iconic piece 'The Snail' which will be the only opportunity to see it outside of London for years to come! 
That afternoon after walking back from the docks we were feeling a little peckish again and even though it was a little bit naughty I couldn't resist visiting The Interesting Eating Company; a pop up cafe in Liverpool One, to try one of their freshly made waffles which I had read all about on TripAdvisor.
It's a really simple cafe with beautiful food including American, English, sweet and savoury pancakes, waffles, cakes, ice creams, homemade soups, sandwiches and afternoon teas plus there are lots of gluten free options. My waffle was made fresh to order, I opted for a simple maple syrup topping and it was really delicious, if I lived closer I would definitely be heading back for another!
The staff were lovely and welcoming, with one girl standing outside handing out samples of their pancakes and fresh fruit slushes, they were really drawing in the crowds. Elodie really loved their giant chalkboard... such a good idea to keep the children entertained while the parents drink their coffee.

When wandering around the streets we ended up finding The Cavern Club; the legendary music venue where The Beatles are famous for playing way back when, a must see for any British music fans. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Liverpool, it was really busy but the atmosphere inside was really amazing... Through the doors you spiral down underground with the music getting louder and louder until you're in the room with the famous arches and the live music playing, this is somewhere I would really love to go without Elodie on an evening to fully take in the music and the feeling of the place. 
There are pictures and displays of memorabilia and other artists who have played in the Club including the guitars pictured above which have been signed by The Rolling Stones, Queen, Pink Floyd and The Arctic Monkeys plus lots of Beatles merchandise. 
Entry to The Cavern Club is free most of the time, there is also a Cavern Pub where local bands play and The Cavern Live Lounge which regularly opens for music shows and functions.

I have one last post coming later this week about my time in Liverpool... writing about how we spent our time there just makes me want to go back even more!
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