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