On the Monday of our trip we decided to 'pop' in to Liverpool to look at both of the cathedrals.
It is hard to understand the vastness of the Anglican Cathedral (you can see it on the view I took from the Mersey).
It is the largest cathedral in the country and the 5th largest in the world - it is very impressive and the stained glass is lovely.
They also have a lovely cafe for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon cake it turns out!
We spent quite a while admiring the inside and a local artist had the first day of a show there which we looked at on the way out - his pen & ink drawings of the inside were amazing.
It was then only a short walk to the Metropolitan Cathedral - equally impressive yet very different.
This has the world's largest stained glass window which forms a tower on top of the building.
It is a huge open space inside which seats 3,000 people. The next picture shows the inside from the floor to the window at the top.
Needless to say our quick visit resulted in 4.5 hrs in the car park - no idea where the time went but definitely worth visiting.
We then left Liverpool to go to Knutsford where Mum spent some time growing up. Not that it is ever the same going back but as were passing she wanted to have a look round.
Another exhausted pair over tea that night!
And finally, we had a day at Tatton Park.
I had no idea how much there was to see there - it really is fabulous if you get the chance to visit.
This is the Italian garden viewed from the house. The gardens were lovely. There was also a vast amount of parkland that we didn't even get to.
We had a quicker tour of the house than we usually would as were aware we needed to get back but that was lovely too - something you don't tend to associate with Tatton Park as it is generally known for its gardens and flower show.
Another lovely lunch (of course) and we eventually had to head home.
We had entered the park one way and had an option on the way out and I was so pleased I took it as a really long drive took us through the parkland we hadn't seen, past a couple of lakes and loads of fabulous deer (it took some time to get to the end of the road).
The motorway was very kind to us on the way back too and very much back in to the thick of it again now but lots of great memories.