On Tuesday I took the kids to Birmingham on the train. I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and visited the city quite a few times when I was growing up, but I hadn’t been there since the early 80s. I was pleasantly surprised at how the 60s concrete Bullring I remembered had been replaced by an upmarket shopping centre.
I found a walking trail on the BBC website – it was actually a natural history one but I downplayed this aspect of it to the kids! It took us round mostly pedestrian areas and along some canals.
This is the facade of the new Selfridges building.
This is down towards St Martin’s church – it is looking towards the sun and I like the spooky effect of all the shadows.
I like the way this skyscraper has the reflection of another in it. This is near the International Convention Centre where we had lunch.
I think I must like reflections. Like this one of one of the buildings alongside the canal.
However, what interested the kids most (to my surprise… I thought they had outgrown such things) was where they were digging out the foundations for a new office block.
More reflections, canal boats, and BBC Birmingham.
Birmingham seems to like skyscrapers. Note the person cleaning the walls on the right – DS3 thought he was abseiling!
Of course, the kids couldn’t wait till we got back to the beginning of the walk and hit the shops…. Game, Borders and HMV of course!