Let's take a walk.



My new favourite past time at the minute appears to be going for walks and taking photographs. Now this is something that both I, and my bank account is enjoying at the minute, as it's stopping me from hitting the shops when I've got nothing else to do!

There's something about just taking yourself off, and properly taking things in, and I think this is something a lot of us don't do enough of as our lives are now busier than ever, and quite often, we just don't have the time, or we're in too much of a rush to stop and look. 

The aim of my walk this weekend was to find a photograph of the word 'University' (it's a bit of a long story, don't ask!), and so I set off to try and find the University campus's in Liverpool, as I figured this was probably a good place to start. 

However, I got a bit distracted on the way! I started finding that there were so many little hidden places and lovely things to photograph that I just haven't discovered yet. After living in Liverpool for almost a year, you'd think I'd know the city pretty well by now. But no. Turns out, I don't even know the city centre yet!

Take the square in the top photo, I walk down the other side of this pretty often, but had never spotted the traditional english phone boxes on the other side.


Is it just me, or does this remind you a little bit of Diagon Alley...?


This gorgeous hidden away little avenue is slap bang in the middle of the city centre, literally round the corner from the main shopping area, and I've never been down here before. I didn't even know it existed even though I practically walk past it every, single, day. Crazy.

The more I spotted these little things the more I started to wonder, what else have I been missing?

The franticness of life, while yes, it gets things done, can often get in the way of seeing and appreciating the best things in life. The little things that can be the most beautiful, weird and wonderful things, the things that could inspire you, or just simply places to go when you need a bit  of space.

I took these photo's on a Saturday afternoon. The city centre would have been at its busiest, but yet, there was no one else to be seen here. It was so peaceful, and I stayed and explored this little piece of the city for ages, completely undisturbed. At one point, an elderly gentleman came wandering down and I could tell he, himself was as amazed by this little space as me. Crouching down at the shop windows to see what had been there in the past. We never spoke, but it was weird, it was like we both knew what each other was thinking. 

After admiring this avenue for a while, I headed up through to the other side of town. Again, I've not ventured up to this side of town a lot at all, most probably because I get as far as the shops and get distracted. A lot. 

But this time I forced myself to walk straight past, didn't even stop to window shop! And eventually, I stumbled across one of the university campus's, although by this time, I hadn't a clue where I was! Normally, this would make me nervous, but I was really enjoying myself by this point and wasn't bothered at all!



These streets were just behind some of the university buildings, and I love the old style of these houses.
I'd love to live somewhere like this at some point, it just feels so homely and neighbourly, something you kind of miss in an apartment. Again, the place was so quiet and calming, with only the odd person passing and nodding a hello. 

I did, eventually manage to get a photo of 'University', but I won't bore you with that photograph!

Yesterday afternoon really proved to me just how many places I haven't stumbled upon yet. But then also, how much of life I haven't seen yet either. From now on, I'm going to open my eyes a little bit more. Really make the effort to see things, take in my surroundings more and appreciate the beauty of things like this!

'Can't see the wood for the trees.'

My Grandad says this a lot, but this is definitely how I felt yesterday.



Soph

27 comments

  1. I really enjoy walking around my neighborhood and taking photographs as well. It's just a super relaxing experience! Much love, Sjoukje
    www.lemontierres.com

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    1. It is really relaxing isn't it! I love it x

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  2. Just walking around taking photos is one of my favorite things and I definitely don't do it often enough! These photos are so lovely! I especially love the "Diagon Alley" one, such a beautiful little space.

    www.ashbam.com

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    1. I don't either, definitely making more of an effort to do it more often! Oh thank you! It is isn't it, I'll be going back here quite a lot I think :)

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  3. it does look like dragon alley!! you're right(:
    my wallet thanks me a lot when i wander around for photographs and not shops!!!ahah(; it's beautiful to see hidden spots of a city you live in. I love all the pictures and i'd live in the light blue door house (:

    xx from Italy
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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks this! Haha, I think I'd live in the blue door house too :) Thanks lovely :) xx

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  4. I so wish you posted this before I went to Liverpool! The little side street you found looks so pretty.

    Jenny - jnylng.com

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    1. Such bad timing! haha, oh well, for next time you visit! :)

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  5. it's so pretty where you live! ah I love those buildings, this place seems like a perfect spot for photo shoots and what not since it's so peaceful & quiet...

    Vivi Lien

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    1. Ahh I'd never thought of photo shoots! It is so peaceful, I loved it :) Thanks for reading lovely! x

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  6. These are such gorgeous photos :) I always forget to take time out just to wonder and enjoy the scenery :)

    Izzy | Here Is Izzy

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    1. Ahh thank you so much! I know, I think we all do, going to be making more of an effort from now on though :)

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  7. This has just reminded me how much I need to get out and explore. I love finding spots like this where in the mix of the city and noise there's still places untouched and quiet. It's such a nice contrast.

    Eunice Caroline.
    theberryway.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thats a really good way of thinking about it, its definitely a contrast! :)

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  8. Liverpool is such a lovely place, I've only been there a couple of times but everytime I've really loved the architecture and vibe of the city. I'm a massive Beatles fan so you can imagine how I feel about it haha. xx

    Abby | Eärendil

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    1. It really is, and you're right, some of the architecture is amazing here! Haha, ahh yeah, The Beatles is a big part of this city ha! xx

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  9. Soo pretty! It's amazing the things you discover when you look at them from a different light! xx

    Jessie ♥ allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Definitely! Completely agree! :) Thank you lovely! xx

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  10. I love going on walks and taking pics!! Your photos are gorgeous, I love them :)

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    Sarah xxx

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    1. It's really relaxing isn't it! Oh thank you Sarah! :) xx

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  11. Love all of these photos. It's so true that we get so used to somewhere we don't ever properly explore or experience it, we just keep going about our normal lives. I think this has inspired me to have a bit of a closer look around Preston one day!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. Oh thank you Emma :) That is so true! We get into such a routine I think of going to the same places. Haha, maybe not Preston! ;) x

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  12. I love walks in our city, but it can be a little overwhelming at times!

    I've not seen much of Liverpool, but these images make me want to visit haha :) x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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    1. Haha you should definitely visit, it's a great city ;) x

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  13. I love wandering around and getting lost in beautiful cities :) If this was my neighborhood, I'd never go home again ;) Thanks so much for those wonderful photos, I want to go there... NOW:)
    Have a nice day,
    Anna

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