It was all Yoko's fault, as everything usually is. As Neil Aspinall once said, "The problem was, everyone underestimated the influence of this tiny Japanese woman." But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Three years ago when I fell in love with four lads from Liverpool, I never imagined I would be lucky enough to find someone with the desire to make a pilgrimage to England to tour the Beatles sites with me. But I had to put all my Beatles love somewhere so I joined Wattpad to read and write fan fiction. Within a few months I worked up the courage to message MissODell (Lindsey) who runs the Beatles Fan Fiction Directory. Her web page is the reason I found Wattpad in the first place. And she is one of the most talented writers I've ever read.
Lindsey could not have been more kind and gracious to a new writer. We became pen pals and spoke every day and she gave me endless encouragement and writing tips and became a close friend, although she lives in Northeast England and I live in the U.S.
In an odd twist of fate, Lindsey recommended a talented writer on her profile page and I began to follow Jenni (jjdec8) and comment on her wonderful stories. One night Lindsey and Jenni were messaging each other about the temporary exhibit Yoko was having at the Museum of Liverpool this year. Jenni mentioned how much she'd love to see it but there was no way she'd cross the pond alone, and Lindsey said, "Why don't you ask Christy to come with you?"
A few short months later, I found myself on a flight to England with Jenni to meet Lindsey and spend John Lennon's birthday week in Liverpool. All Yoko's fault! 😘😍✌️
Having been to Liverpool many times, Lindsey took us on a walking tour of the city central and a pub crawl to the places the Beatles drank. We toured John's and Paul's childhood homes and we ended up doing all the things Paul did on his visit to Liverpool in July (Including playing the piano in his Forthlin Road home)!!
My heart is broken to leave Liverpool and Lindsey behind, but another Wattpad friend asked me about the trip recently so I decided to make a post about it. And to thank Lindsey for her Beatles Fan Fiction Directory and for being the most amazing long distance friend and for bringing us all together over the music we love by a group of musicians who disbanded almost fifty years ago!
❤️ Liverpool ❤️
Our first glimpse of Liverpool was Lime Street Station, where the Beatles used to wait for Brian Epstein's train to return from London, only to hear him say they still didn't have a recording contract. Until that one day he hopped off the train like a returning Prime Minister in war time waving a piece of paper and saying, "Success! Success!"
This is the view from our flat -- A Hard Day's Night Hotel across the street and the entrance to Mathew Street on the far left. The Cavern Club is just around the corner! 💖