After spending the whole day indoors yesterday, looking at the grey skies and rain, and not wanting to do anything except hibernate, the sight of blue skies and sun lifted my spirits again.
“Do you fancy going up to Brum today” T asks “We could go and have a look around the jewellery quarter”
“Ooo! you gonna buy me some jewels then” I replied, not that I’m a really into jewellery, but I said it just to see what his response would be.
“If you want to sell the motorhome, I will”, was his answer…………. As you might guess, the conversation ended rather abruptly there 😉 though the trip to Birmingham was still on.
The last of the big spenders, we walked down to our local bus stop for the free (bus pass) bus into town, arriving with five minutes to spare to buy our £3.45 (senior rail card pass) tickets for the train journey into Birmingham.
Fourty minutes later, we’re off the train and striding out through the hustle of the city streets heading towards the jewellery quarter. Here is a little history for those interested.
The Chamberlain clock The plaque states it was erected in 1903 in commemoration of J Chamberlain’s visit to South Africa. (note to self, I really must read up on British history)
I have never seen so many jewellery shops in one place, just one of the many streets in the area.
We had a coffee in one of the local cafes, then continued down the road looking for the jewellery museum, after enquiring to find the entrance fee included an hour long tour, we decided it would be for another day.
So we made our way back towards the city centre along canal network, passing the 152 meter tall BT tower, a couple making their way along the canal in their narrowboat and a canal resident (pics in the slide show below).
The Malt House at the junction of the Birmingham & Fazeley canal and the Birmingham canal.
Leaving the canals, we walked up into Broad Street, and passing the statue of the Golden Boys and The Alpha Tower, finally ending up in Victoria Square.
Built between 1874 and 1879 and designed by Yeoville Thomason, the Council House is now a Grade II listed building, used for all Council and most Committee meetings.
Birmingham Town Hall. Acclaimed at its opening in 1834 as the finest music hall in the country, this is a Grade 1 listed landmark.
The River, a water feature, known locally as the ‘floozie in the jacuzzi’ the statue weighs 1.75 tonnes.
Naked for the last twenty years, she has recently been given a huge pink bra to mark the launch of a £1 million campaign to buy a mammogram trailer.
We sat in the square for a while, watching the world go by, before making our way back to New Street Station, for our train back home.
For me, Birmingham’s jewels are the canals and the wonderful old buildings.