Weekend trip in Birmingham

birmingham As some of you may know from my snapchat (yang.tiffany), I was in Birmingham for the weekend. A city known as one of the biggest industrial area in United Kingdom, famous for its revolution-era landmarks, canal networks, as well as the jewellery quarter.  Since it's about two hours train from London, and there seems to be quite a lot to see, I didn't hesitate much about spending a night there. 

Prior our trip, my friend warned me about how cold can the city get, I had to pull out my gigantic long grey coat, which I still hadn't got a chance to wear in London. So I was practically wrapping myself with a blanket while exploring. Despite the temperature being 0, Birmingham still welcomed us a with a warm sun & clear sky. 

如果有追蹤我的 snapchat (yang.tiffany) 的人,應該知道我週末搭了火車到伯明翰去了。因為有朋友在當地,加上又是頗有名的工業城,僅僅兩個小時的火車,不親自去看看怎麼行呢?

在出發之前,當地的朋友就已經預告過這裡的天氣會比倫敦冷上許多,我從衣櫃中翻出了倫敦還穿不到的灰色大衣,準備去禦寒,羊毛的材質十分保暖,但是現在回頭看看照片中的自己,還真像是裹著棉被出門一樣,模樣有點滑稽(笑)

birmingham

birmingham

Our first stop was lunch at the Sherborne wharf. This area reminded me about my previous Amsterdam trip, because of the beautiful canals. I love how the central Birmingham has a nice mixture of historical and contemporary buildings. Seeing the merge between the old and the present is always something fascinating. 

運河是伯明翰著名的景點之一,讓人不禁想起不久前的阿姆斯特丹之旅。這裏的運河少了荷蘭的熱鬧,卻有著英倫小鎮難以取代的質樸感,左邊運河上看見鴨子悠哉的浮沈,右邊則是一家家的小酒吧和咖啡廳。到處走,漸漸發現伯明翰其實是個很奇妙的地方,五分鐘前才沈浸在復古有韻味的矮房,一轉眼又看見一棟棟充滿新意的建築大樓,看著古前現今的相互磨合,也是挺有意思的。

birmingham

birmingham

We were lucky enough to be here during holiday season. So many interesting booths to see in the Christmas Market located in front of the Library of Birmingham. We tried spinach doughnuts, traditional English pudding, and of course, it wouldn't be a authentic British market without some sort of cheese tasting.  (I find it funny how I manage to turn every trip to food hunts..oops! anyone similar out there?)

在英國,約莫在十一月中開始,幾乎每個城市就會開始舉辦所謂的聖誕市集。除了各類的節慶飾品,也有著許多讓遊客可以手拿或是當伴手禮的小吃。巧克力、西班牙甜甜圈、傳統的麵包布丁,當然在英國市集最不能少的就是一塊塊濃郁的起司。(有種自己好像不管到哪個城市,就是一直處於進食狀態的感覺)

christmas_market

christmas_market

christmas_market

birmingham

birmingham

One of my favourite of things about travelling in a new city is to explore the streets by foot. Don't worry about getting lost, you will most likely do so, at least once. Its so satisfying, you see stuffs that aren't on guide books/websites. For example, these cute heart statues in a mall we came across were defenitely beyond adorable.

到達一個新的城市,我最喜歡以走路的方式去探索,不管是一人獨行或是和朋友結伴都是瞭解一個地方很好辦法。有時候搭車或許能夠省掉迷路的時間,但是就會少了發現一些小驚喜的機會,像是這家百貨商場中的人頭愛心雕像,頓時讓這趟週末之行顯得可愛許多。

birmingham

The Soho house and the jewellery museum were both unfortunately closed on the day, but we still got a glimpse of what the two places looks like. I guess its a sign of me coming back, even for just a few hours, I mean, it is the jewellery quarter. 

因為遇到了星期天,所以有些景點或是博物館是沒有開放的,(這點往後要到歐洲旅行的人要特別注意)。不過給自己留點遺憾,下次才會再來,畢竟是珠寶博物館,說什麼都不能錯過的!

birmingham

birmingham

The third spot on our list (which was surprisingly running on a Sunday) was the Winterbourne Botanic Garden. Ah...look at these pretty red brick houses! I'm such a sucker of cozy looking houses, though I would probably be living in an apartment forever. 

在市區外圍的 Winterbourne Botanic Garden 是個連本地人有空都會去晃晃的地方。紅磚屋的溫潤與花園的綠意,最後再來點秋冬的褐色葉子點綴,一切都好契合,很美麗。或許是因為天氣冷的關係,在這裏並沒有太多的遊客或是人潮,拍到了不少好照片,更帶出了英倫花園的獨特。

birmingham

birmingham

birmingham

Previously a heritage property, now the garden is part of Birmingham University, students there get to come here for free. And I so envy them, because how wonderful it is to walk around the woodland walk or wonder through the glasshouses every now and then. 

原本是屬於私人資產的 Botanic Garden 現在已經是伯明翰大學所擁有,學校裡的學生可以無限免費參觀。仔細想想,一年四季都能在這樣的地方遊走散步,減輕課業壓力之餘,實在是件浪漫的事。

birmingham

birmingham

Okay, now that's a wrap for my 24 hours in Birmingham, till next time! I'm sure I'll be back. 

短暫的伯明翰之旅就這麼結束了,回到熟悉的城市拆下圍巾,突然發現其實倫敦也是很溫暖的(笑)