Saturday, April 17, 2010

Birmingham Day Trip

Today, I decided to reward myself with a day trip up to Birmingham from Aylesbury. (Chiltern Railways operate trains from London Marylebone, From Aylesbury, you have to switch in Princes Risborough) I took the train and although the journey took two hours each way. I figured I could catch up with my reading on board the train which I
have indeed. Built to last by Jim Collins completed during the trip. I read Good To Great last time as the organisation that I use to work for almost used it as a bible.

Well, I arrived at Moor Street station and begin my adventure at the Bull Ring shopping center. This is where the tourist center is located at. Equiped with the map I got from here, I started roaming freely.

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Birmingham Cathedral

I headed first to the cathedral and then followed by Victoria Square. The open space was grand. As the sun was up, there were crowds of people lazing around and soaking up the rays.

Victoria Square

Just a stone throw away is the library, museum and art gallery. All free to enter. The museum and gallery had a pretty impressive collection. This are two of my favourite sculptures I discovered. See the contrasts?

St Lucifer

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Well, after the museum, I took a stroll to the markets. It is basically a combination of open air and a few huge airplane hangars with a variety of stalls selling almost everything.

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Birmingham Market

Also nearby is the chinese quarters, the local chinatown.

Chinese Quarters

Birmingham as a city has a lot to offer. I wouldn't mind living here.

I did not visit the jewellery quarters or the canals. I plan to cover those upon my return here to visit Cadbury World.

For more information and maps, visit their official tourism website.

Well, that's all for now. Till my next post. Take care.

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