New York in 46 hours – my guilty pleasure

46 hours. Thats all the time I have in NYC. In that time I need to go to every possible shop, eat in the trendiest restaurants, drink in the coolest bars, and explore as many inches as I can of this amazeballs city. No pressure then. 

We arrived fairly late at night, having cleared the always courteous & friendly US Immigration in Aruba (wishful thinking) it was straight to our on trend Hotel, the Mondrian Soho. It didn’t disappoint. Tucked away behind a tunnel of fake greenery lies the sanctuary that is the Mondrian. 

In typical Morgan group style each piece of furniture is different, brightly coloured with shiny things everywhere.  I like shiny bright things. 

Our room was beautiful, compact (as NY rooms are)but very comfortable – and total silence. Needed in this mad bad city. As with all Morgan hotels the Bar is unique (think Sanderson), toiletries are high end and wonderful, Rum Soap, Mint Shampoo, beautiful crystal glasses to use & an iPad to order room service. Theres a Mini Bar with a half bottle of Grey Goose & Tequila, a variety of fab soft drinks & some ‘products’ to maximise your enjoyment – adults only. 

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After some yummy room service, i slept solidly in the delightfully comfortable Queen Bed. Correctly named of course…. 

We were up and out early, we had a LOT to do. Being my besties birthday naturally we went straight to the top. Literally. 38th floor of the Mandarin Oriental overlooking Central Park for Brunch in the Restaurant Atise. I had mentioned when booking that it was a special occasion – & boy did they look after us. The best table overlooking the spectacular view of Central Park left us speechless for a good 5 minutes. Several Bloody Marys and after the most beautiful scallop sashimi, quail, beef tatare & hake we were thoroughly spoilt. Desert was a selection of chocolate strawberries, biscuits & cakes all for free for the Birthday girl. With impeccable service I can’t fault it. I will definitely be back. 10/10. 

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The next few hours were spent shopping. Its one of the things the City does best. Luckily it was also Bank Holiday weekend & most of the stores had 30-40% off. Result! Glad I packed the extra bag….. 

After a quick spruce up and a gasp of breath at the hotel it was off for Dinner at Stanton Social in Soho. What a great place. Buzzing, laid back, amazing food & cocktails, and the best DJ iv I’ve seen in ages who was female! Girl Power hey. Boys, look and learn! 

The evening was everything you want from a cool night out in NYC, and after many cocktails it was back to the Sanctuary of the Mondrian high on alcohol, food & this magnificent City. 

I had 12 hours left until I got on that reassuring British Airways plane home. I walked from 34th St to 58th, taking in the NY Library, all the shops I could manage – except Maceys who were in the middle of a ‘terrorist exercise’. Take it the policeman meant a practice….. 

I even had twenty minutes to spare in Times Square, which is kind of enough. Its full of bloody tourists like me, it just feels like Piccadilly Circus but larger……

5.30pm and back to the Mondrian for a final snack and a restorative cocktail in the wonderful bar.  The restaurant is Italian themed and tastes wonderful.  With a spectacular bar which was buzzing on a Friday post work I grabbed a beautiful yet simple antipasti board, with the most rocket fuelled coffee ever. Wow you New Yorkers like a strong coffee! It was needed though to get me through the 3 hours left till plane time. 

The Hotel offer a car service for $75 to JFK. Our yellow cab into town was $65 with tolls and tips so for the luxury car & a driver who was polite & knew how to avoid the Friday night rush hour traffic it was worth the extra $10. 

We weaved out way through Brooklyn to the airport, chatting and laughing, making me wish I could stay longer. 

BA as always welcomed me at the airport and through fast track I managed to clear security in 10 minutes into the safe haven of the lounge. I have to congratulate BA on the pre flight meal option. As a separate section of the lounge it works. Light options, make your own fried rice dishes (great for us gluten free peeps), along with the heavier options if you fancy, salads, cheese for afters and some wonderful wines – especially the Rose! Although I was running on empty, this got me back in the game. 

With a dish of M&Ms and a cuppa, I sat in the lounge catching my breath. It really has been an amazing 46 hours. Im sad to leave, and I hope 1 day NYC will be my home from home. I will certainly be back soon! 

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Exhausted, happy and content I got into my seat, switched on a film (no idea what one I wasn’t really watching) & my brain did its usual thing on a l long-haul flight – it had the time and space to make life changing decisions, and the few things I had left during my break to resolve suddenly became clear, helped by the wonderful BA staff bringing me tea & warm cookies. I snuggled up, counted my blessings for such a wonderful break ended by a amazeballs 42 hours. Als Adventures have only just begun……. 

So its time. Time to end Meternity time. Time to go back to work.

How do I know its time?  I genuinely do not think I have ever felt so composed and calm for at least 10 years.  All the dramas are done, the grieving for my beautiful parents will never end but is now part of every day life.  I will never recover from that, but its part of my life I can face with a little smile.

How am I health wise? Well there are two kinds – Physical and Mental.

Physically I don’t think I can ever remember feeling this well.  I enjoy exercising, I don’t I feel grumpy, lethargic, all out of sorts.  My figure has never been so strong and lean – still a little way to go, but not far now.  I can now walk into most shops and buy why I want, in a size 8 or 10 without having to force it on, blaming the ‘odd sizing these days’ (Ladies, I hear you!)  I am still catching myself in the mirror and I can’t believe how small I am!  Love it.  I’ve worked hard for that.  It was not remotely easy.

When we started this back in June I was out of shape, hardly able to do any exercise as I was burnt out.  I did a little running, but the distances were getting shorter and leaving me for dead.  Its only when I sat down with my trainer, he banned me from all cardio except what we did together – some gentle interval training and a little rowing/cycling for no more than 10 minutes.  I have never felt so lazy or helpless.  I hated it.  I hated the fact that I was so unfit and so incapable.  The first few weeks were thoroughly miserable, I felt like a fat, miserable failure.

Then I started Yoga, which really has transformed my whole mindset.  It was the missing piece of the jigsaw.  We all think exercise can only be sweating it all out, pounding treadmills or pavements or lifting weights.  Its all of those, along with some re energising activities, and Yoga is what has worked for me.  It won’t be for everyone, and it takes some perseverance. It also helps to have a great teacher, so if you have tried it and didn’t gel with your teacher, try another!  After that hour I feel amazing.  Like I have had a weeks holiday on a beach! (No tan though).  As I progressed from the beginner classes to the normal sessions I felt my confidence soar.  I was no expert, and still am not, but I realised I could do it, and how great it makes me feel.

The knock on effect started to come through to my normal training.  I could see why now.  I started to lift weights I never thought I could, do cardio I only thought super fit people did.  Cycling – my nemesis, I conquered.  Not a huge time or speed, but I do it every session now.  It bloody hurts, my legs burn like they never have before (even after a night raving!).

Then the realisation came that in order to recover properly you need to eat properly.  Bad food just doesn’t work.  Sugar, processed foods, even alcohol just can’t be part of the day to day plan. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my chips and champagne, but in small doses.  Its not for me anymore on a regular basis, my body just can’t process it.  Same with chocolate, my sweet tooth has completely gone due to me working out the foods I need to fuel me.  I was partly helped in those decisions by taking a DNA test to see what my DNA make up was, and to show me which foods/exercises would suit me.  I did this half way through my plan, so I already had a rough idea what was working, but I am always looking to get any help!!

My DNA tests showed my body doesn’t process Caffeine or Alcohol as well as the rest of you.  Now that may apply to a lot of people, but it made perfect sense to me.  When I am hungover I can see the difference in recovery times between myself and others.  I deteriorate as the day goes on.  I usually hit rock bottom about 6/7pm.  I used to feel like that at 11am!!  As for caffeine, I know it doesn’t agree with me, but I LOVE MY TEA!! Tea makes me happy, I can’t give it up.  Coffee I can take or leave.. I have plenty of versions of decaff tea, so I need to get back into the routine of that.

It concluded by telling me a Mediterranean Diet is best for me, with lots of Omega 3 foods.  It gave me a diet plan to follow, which I adapted slightly to fit my tastes, but what a revelation.  I no longer snack, my sweet tooth has gone, and I thoroughly enjoy my meals – I feel full after every one.

Its taken time, but I feel totes amaze.  Body feels like it finally works, and it looks the part.  My confidence is back, which leads me to my Mental Health…

Its safe to say I was about to have a complete and utter breakdown.  After the last 3 years it was hardly surprising, but it was more than that.  Those tragic events were just speeding up the process.  Was it one single thing?  No.  An accumulation of stuff just all came together at once.  Broken heart, lowest self esteem, overworked (my own doing to ignore the personal stuff) all lead to me pushing my brain and body to the edge.  When your brain is that much in pain you feel it in your body. My chest hurt, my head hurt, I could sleep for days, I drank way to much to help me forget.  Why didn’t I tell anyone?  I did.  I had CBT Therapy to help, which it did.  But until I addressed the core problems it was just like putting a Miss Sunshine Plaster on a chainsaw cut.

So thats whats happened.  Relationships are over.  Friendships are ended.  Negativity is not something i will tolerate anymore from anyone or lack of respect. Its no problem, I just will not stand for it. The last few years have shown me who my true friends are, and I consider everyone of them family.  I don’t have any Brothers or Sisters, but I have the biggest family a girl could ever want.  I just hope I can be as good to them as they all are to me.

Im focused far more than ever.  I know what I want and what I need to do to get it.  I know who I want to be around me.  Im calm, composed and dare I say it Happy!

So by the time you have read this I am back at work, back to my team I miss, as the people are the best part of my job.  It won’t be the same as it was before, and thats a good thing.  My role will change, and thats progression.  We all need new challenges, new targets to aim for, its what keeps the fire going in your stomach.  Whether its a new car, a holiday, a handbag there has to be some form of goal in order to make me get up in the morning.  Aim higher, aim bigger and better.  It is a cliche but there is nothing you can not achieve if you really want it.  Who would have thought I would have my own website? (coming soon!), Writing my own articles, travelling doing reviews?  I used to read about people like that thinking ‘I wonder how they got into that?’ – well they just did it.

So now its time to JUST DO IT (As a well known sports brand constantly drones on about!).  Kind of makes sense really.

Al’s Adventures are not over, they have only just begun…….

Aruba. One Happy Island. Well, mostly….

We flew with Jet Blue airlines out of New Yorks JFK.  Think Easyjet, but more leg room, free soft drinks, WIFI & as many Doritos as you can eat.  Yum.  Service with a smile, not with a receipt. As we were on our holibobs I ordered a rum and pineapple. Its the law when heading to the Caribbean. White rum this time, and after the first drink my mind and body were on CCT – Caribbean Chill Time.  Much to the disgust of the Deep South couple sitting next to me, I had another two rums. Maybe they thought I would be drunk and rowdy? How little they know……

 We arrived at our base camp, the Amsterdam Manor Resort around 5pm, to be given the good news of a free upgrade to their Master Suite with an Ocean view. I was extremely excited at this as I never get upgraded! What a beautiful room it was, two bedrooms both ensuite, huge lounge, full kitchen – it’s bigger than my house!  We soon settled in, unpacked and decided to hit the town – well a cheeky meal at least.

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We took a walk along the gorgeous beach, with its soft white sand, and the sun just going down.  Its a good job we did walk along the beach, as you can’t really walk along the road to easily.  Aruba is not built for people walking – this was the first warning sign of how American this island is, and it was not the last.

We stumbled across a bar called the Screaming Eagle.  We had read some reviews on this place, saying it was one of the best restaurants on the island, with a happening bar.  So why was it empty except for a few people eating dinner?  Its Saturday night, where is everyone??  They are all in their resorts. where most of the restaurants are for the people who do not wish to venture out.  Warning sign no 2…….

We ordered a couple of cocktails.  Well, 1 cocktail.  My choice was meant to be a Rum based drink.  What I got was a glass of rum with a little grenadine in it.  From probably the most useless and miserable bar person I have ever encountered, and lets face it I have met a few. Even when I asked for the drink to be topped up with soda, she gave me a separate glass of water, with her face like a smacked backside.  So, we left hungry and I was thirsty, so we went on for dinner to a restaurant in a resort…….

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After a gorgeous meal and an early night, I slept like a baby.  Literally.  My bed was so huge, I could sleep in any god damn direction I liked! Across, normal, upside down, it was perfect.  We decided to have breakfast in the resort restaurant called Mangoes.  This is where the man with the best laugh ever works.  Always smiling, always chatting, taking care of my every need for tea & ketchup – not together of course.  This again was a common theme, all the staff at the Amsterdam Manor went out of their way to make us feel welcome and looked after.  Especially Vincent the beach bar dude.  He made us spicy tomato juice to revive our hungover moments on most days!!  Thank you to all of the staff, you were fab.

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We spent our days mainly on the beach, at the beach bar, in the pool or indoors.  It rained quite a bit, so this was the perfect time to catch up on Modern Family & drink the local beer which was called Chill.  Got to love a Caribbean local beer!!!!!!

Monday we decided to hire a car for the day, as we like to see the real side of the place we visit, not just the pretty resorts, we needed the real Aruba!  For $60 a day, we got a little run around that was perfect for what we needed.  So, off we went bright and early to explore the Island.

First stop was the California Lighthouse, one of the major attractions on the Island, a mere twenty minutes away.  Literally it was just a lighthouse.  You can’t go inside, and there was no information on it, nothing.  Just two guys selling coconut water and ice.  Seemed such a wasted opportunity to engage with tourists, but that became the common theme everywhere we went.  We tried to find the natural lagoon, or the caves (which we found 1) there seemed to be no real effort.  No road signs leading you to beautiful beaches or tourist attractions.  No real heart or soul left, like its all just ebbed away.  We drove the length of the island, unable to visit some parts as they were off road.  Its a pretty island, but it seems to have sold its soul to the resorts.  Maybe we missed some things, but it was back to the beach for us, which was no real hardship!

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Eating out was very American.  We looked everywhere and dug deep to try and find the local food and culture, unfortunately there was only one restaurant we managed to find some, and we were the only people in there.  Shame as the food was good!

However, we had some great nights out, mainly at a bar called Gusto which knew how to party.  We danced on the bar, had a great laugh with the locals and visitors several times.  Its a bar run by a Dutch guy with a DJ who knew his crowd – a unique thing sometimes.  Drinks were half price most of the night, and the bar staff were warm and friendly and remembered my drink, always a bonus.  Highly recommended!

After 4 days it was time to go to New York for 46 hours, and that was made less painful by clearing US Immigration in Aruba – thank goodness as my hangover was hurting!!  Our flight back was easy, nice and roomy, friendly staff although the US staff were very confused with our accents!!! Always god fun.  As we landed the Manhattan Sky Line never fails to impress, and it felt like things were about to get fun!

We definitely picked the best resort to stay at, it is chilled, next to the best beach and not over crowded.  We had a great 4 days and nights, and its very easy to get to and from New York.  If you have some spare days when travelling anywhere on the East Coast of America I would recommend it for some R&R, its pretty, friendly and warm.  But for more than a few days and for the true Caribbean, save your pennies or dollars for somewhere that remembers who it is.

Now onto NYC…….

Liverpool, Bob Marley & Something to Say

Hey how are we all? Good I hope. Thought i would send a quick blog this week as im off on my final holibobs of the year today!!

Another packed week has flown by, and it all started with a brilliant weekend in Liverpool being truly spoilt and entertained. The whole reason for going was for the big match. Liverpool vs Everton. Those of you who don’t know I am a huge Liverpool fan, the only real true love of my life!! Nothing makes me happier than going to Anfield & singing my heart out for the team I love.
It all came about from when I was lucky enough to be invited to the LFC end of season players award ceremony back in May, where we got to spend the evening with the players, eat great food, meet lots of amazing people and partying.  I was lucky enough to win some tickets in a charity auction for a weekend in Liverpool including Match tickets to any game of the season and full hospitality. So off I went Friday lunchtime with Virgin Trains in first class (only £48 great value for money).  Virgin are certainly the best I’ve travelled with in this Country so far, and it only took just over two hours to arrive in the fun and exciting town I love.
My overnight stay was at the stunning Hilton hotel based right opposite Albert Dock and next to Liverpool One shopping area. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, so I walked from the Liverpool’s impressive Lime Street Station the ten minute stroll to the Hilton.
The whole vibe of the Hilton is a good one.  Always helps to have the Liverpool FC shirts on display, makes me feel at home!! Check in was so friendly, and efficient.  I was in my room within 5 minutes of arrival, and quickly settled in.
It was such a gorgeous day, I decided to do a little sightseeing and shopping.  Everything is on your doorstep and nothing is more than a 10 minute walk.  The area has gone through some regeneration over the years, and it looks fantastic.
Albert Dock area is a fab stroll along the banks of the Mersey, with the added bonus of the Liverpool, Slavery or Maritime Museums, plus the Beatles Story & of course the Tate.  I took a long stroll, sat by the Mersey and watched the world go by.  How Stunning it looked.
After a coffee recharge it was time to hit the shops.  What a fine selection there was! Everything from the everyday high street brands, the mid range to the finer things in life (Courtesy of Cricket, Reiss & Armani to name a few).  In every shop I was made to feel welcome and helped with anything I needed – a rare thing these days.  Decent customer service! It makes such a difference to the whole shopping experience.  With my purse thoroughly dented it was back to the hotel via a few little stop offs just purely to admire the view.  It seemed Liverpool was looking its finest that day, along with all the people around.
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After a long hot soak it was time for dinner with an old friend who I waited for in the beautiful bar with a glass of fizz – well it was Friday! Whilst reading my book and people watching, I was sitting near two gorgeous ladies, roughly 25 I would say.  I was not listening to their every word, but whilst a Bob Marley song was playing in the background I heard one of the most priceless quotes I have ever had the joy to hear…..
Girl 1 to her friend “I like this song, do you know what I only found out the other day Bob Marley was dead, mad that.  Do you reckon thats why his group were called the Wailers?”.
Girl 2 “No babe, they sang with him”.
Neither of them thought this conversation odd, or strange, neither reacted as many of us would have, and that MADE MY DAY.  Thank you ladies, thank you.
We had dinner in the Hotel as part of our package normally not my preference.  But I was proved wrong this time.  We ate some sublime steaks, cracking chips, & drank wonderful champagne.  We both commented on how we wish we had room for desert, but we swiftly moved to the bar which seemed to be the hive of activity.
We drank wonderful cocktails, listened to some great music, and people watched for hours along with catching up on old times & laughing a lot.  The thing that really stood out was the warmth, not just the weather but the people too.  Everyone was friendly, the vibe all weekend was nice, people enjoying themselves without dramas, partying and enjoying life. Thats how it should be. I’m afraid to say you only get that atmosphere out of town these days in clubs and bars, the coolest Capital of London has become too stuck up its own backside. So thank you Liverpool for reminding me how fun it can be. What a fab night!!
After a great nights sleep it was time for the big day.  After a great shower & a restorative breakfast, it was time to put on the new LFC shirt and head to Anfield.
We were shown to our lounge for food and drinks prior to the game, and it was surprisingly good!  I have been lucky enough to visit several of the largest football clubs in a corporate position over the years.  I know I am biased but I liked the friendliness, the people seating us called me by name, and made every effort to look after us.  It’s relaxed, not stuffy, everyone there is friendly, theres no attitude or intimidation as there is at other top 4 club grounds! The food was good, drinks were flowing, all you need to get you ready for the game. Well done LFC, I shall certainly be back to use the corporate hospitality.
The double bonus was the seats.  Our seats were in and amongst all the fans, not in a separate bit for the corporate lot.  As always, to me Anfield is my place of worship.  And the choir as always took it to church when singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.  Tears always come to my eyes, I get goosebumps, and it makes me so happy.  There is no better ground to watch football in, I promise you.
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The game progressed slowly, a nervy atmosphere until the Captain pulled a free kick out of nowhere.  Gerrard, as always pulled them up by the scruff of their necks and gave us the goal we needed.  The Kop sang out his name as always, and everyone took a huge sigh of relief.  Until the 90th minute when our nerves and a stunning strike from Everton levelled the game.  What a sucker punch from which we had no time to recover.  1-1 Final score.
During the 90 minutes I laughed so much at the crowd around me, the comedy gold that happens on those terraces is legendary.  Off we wandered back to the lounge for a quick cup of tea or beer before we wandered off home happy.
Thank you Liverpool, all of you.  As always your welcome makes my heart sing.  See you very, very soon.
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But then it was back to reality.  Back to dealing with some of the final things on my to do list.  I have left them till last as they are the tricky ones.  There are just some points in life where you have to cut some people out of your world.  Not always because they have necessarily done anything wrong, we all go in different directions, form new friendships, move etc.  So it was time to remove a few people from my life.
Why Well I was brought up to treat people how you would like to be treated.  Unfortunately some people over the years have taken full advantage of that and drained me of energy.  It was not easy to do, It does not come naturally for me to do this so please do not underestimate the task here.  Probably the hardest thing I have done for a while.  Some of the responses included “Your only saying it because your still upset about your Dad”.  “You don’t  mean it, you can’t live without me”.  “ When you have calmed down let me know I don’t have time for your tantrums”.  Those are the polite ones.  So its been rough, but no pain no gain!!
Time for a moan to those people and everyone in general.  Let me make something extremely clear.  I have NEVER IN MY ADULT LIFE been so calm, happy and focused.  I know exactly what I want.  I know exactly what I need and how to get it.  I know exactly who I want in my life & those people treat me how I treat them, with mutual love and respect.  They don’t ask for favours, or me to do things for them unless they need my help which of course I will give.  I can’t wait to share some amazing times with them all.
I will not be taken for a MUG anymore, that sign has been wiped from my forehead. I am aware you can never agree with everyones views.  But I ask that mine are respected in the same way I respect your right to have a view.  If that offends then take me off your list.  Don’t read my blogs, don’t call me.  Its all OK, I will not even bat an eyelid.
Moan over!
The whole point of this time off was to recharge, restore and start the new chapter of my life.  That is all now done.  Complete.  Im focused, and raring to go…. Well, just after one last week in Sunny Aruba & Wonderful NY with the BFF to relax and party as I just need a few more cocktails to restore me….
Have a fab week, and speak in a fortnight!!!!!

Liverpool – You Never Walk Alone……

Hey all, how are we all? Good I hope. Thought id send a quick blog this week as I am off on my final holibobs of the year tomorrow!!

Another packed week has flown by, so it was time for a brilliant weekend.  It was time for a wonderful weekend in Liverpool being truly spoilt and entertained. The whole reason for going was for the big match. Liverpool vs Everton. Those of you who don’t know I am a huge Liverpool fan, the only real true love of my life!! Nothing makes me happier than going to Anfield & singing my heart out for the team I love.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Football clubs end of season players award ceremony back in May, seeing the players, meeting lots of amazing people, & winning some tickets in a charity auction for a weekend in Liverpool including Match tickets to any game of the season and full hospitality. So off I went Friday lunchtime with Virgin Trains, first class train up (only £48 great value for money) who are the best I’ve travelled with in this Country, to the fun and exciting town i love.

My overnight stay was at the stunning Hilton hotel based right opposite Albert Dock and next to Liverpool One shopping area. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, so I walked from the Liverpool’s impressive Lime Street Station the ten minute stroll to the Hilton.

The whole vibe of the Hilton is a good one.  Always helps to have the Liverpool FC shirts on display, makes me feel at home!! Check in was so friendly, and efficient.  I was in my room within 5 minutes of arrival, and quickly settled in.

It was such a gorgeous day, I decided to do a little sightseeing and shopping.  Everything is on your doorstep, nothing is more than a 10 minute walk.  The area has gone through some regeneration over the years, and it looks fantastic.

Albert Dock area is a fab stroll, along the banks of the Mersey, with the added bonus of the Liverpool, Slavery or Maritime Museums, plus the Beatles Story & of course the Tate.  I took a long stroll, sat by the Mersey and watched the world go by.  And how Stunning it looked.

After a coffee recharge it was time to hit the shops.  What a fine selection there was! Everything from the everyday high street brands, the mid range to the finer things in life (Courtesy of Cricket, Reiss & Armani to name a few).  In every shop I was made to feel welcome and helped with anything I needed – a rare thing these days.  Decent customer service! It makes such a difference.  Purse thoroughly dented it was back to the hotel via a few little stop offs just purely to admire the view.  It seemed Liverpool was looking its finest that day, along with all the people around.

After a long hot soak it was time for dinner with an old friend.  We ate in the Hotel as part of our package normally not my preference.  But I was proved wrong.  We ate some sublime steaks, cracking chips, drank wonderful champagne.  We both commented on how we wish we had room for desert, but we swiftly moved to the bar which seemed to be the hive of activity.

We drank wonderful cocktails, listened to some great music, and people watched for hours along with catching up on old times.  What a fab night!!

After a great nights sleep it was time for the big day.  After a great shower & a restorative breakfast, it was time to put on the new LFC shirt and head to Anfield.

We were shown to our lounge for food and drinks prior to the game, and it was surprisingly good!  I have been lucky enough to visit several of the largest football clubs in a corporate position over the years.  I know I am biased but I liked the friendliness, the people seating us called me by name, and made every effort to look after us.  It’s relaxed, not stuffy, everyone there is friendly, theres no attitude or intimidation as there is at other top 4 club grounds! The food was good, drinks were flowing, all you need to get you ready for the game. Well done LFC, I shall certainly be back to use the corporate hospitality.

The double bonus was the seats.  Our seats were in and amongst all the fans, not in a separate bit for the corporate lot.  As always, to me Anfield is my place of worship.  And the choir as always took it to church when singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.  Tears always come to my eyes, I get goosebumps, and it makes me so happy.  There is no better ground to watch football in, I promise you.

The game progressed slowly, a nervy atmosphere until the Captain pulled a free kick out of nowhere.  Gerrard, as always pulled them up by the scruff of their necks and gave us the goal we needed.  The Kop sang out his name as always, and everyone took a huge sigh of relief.  Until the 90th minute when our nerves and a stunning strike from Everton levelled the game.  What a sucker punch from which we had no time to recover.  1-1 Final score.

During the 90 minutes I laughed so much at the crowd around me, the comedy gold that happens on those terraces is legendary.  Off we wandered back to the lounge for a quick cup of tea or beer before we wandered off home happy.

Thank you Liverpool, all of you.  As always your welcome makes my heart sing.  See you very, very soon.

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