Ending up in Birmingham
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Together with a couple of colleagues I had an interesting meeting with a vendor in Coventry. I had been talking with them for some time and I was really looking forward to meet then because they were very knowledgeable and I quite liked them as persons. We had flown from Brussels Airport to Birmingham with the morning flight, as soon as we were about to leave the terminal it started to rain: I don’t know why this happens to me almost every time I land in Great Britain.
After the meeting with the vendor in Coventry our hosts asked us what we were going to do the rest of the afternoon since we had 4 hours to our flight back to Brussels. I said that we were going to visit Birmingham.
Birmingham!! They said; what are you going to do in Birmingham?? I said I don’t know but I had read somewhere that they had improved the city image with some new architecture.
We followed the GPS to the city center driving in the rush hour. Finally arriving there we looked at it and didn’t have a good feeling. Was this the city center! We parked the car in a large parking garage close to the central station and the main shopping area. Seen from this angle the city didn’t look that interesting.
We kept the spirit high and walked up and down some of the shopping streets enjoying some of the design. I especially like the striking Selfridges building. The building was not like anything I had expected from the looks of the rest of the city. The three-dimensionally curvaceous form that stands like a mountainside in the middle of the city with its dramatic incline. To me this was a the high point of the redeveloped Bull Ring site; I totally enjoyed the building as it moves like a shimmering silver wave and drops down to St.
After viewing this amazing building we walked back towards High Street in order to find the cathedral. When we walked up Temple Street on our path to the cathedral we were met by hordes of men in suits and office dressed women emptying all the surrounding offices and running towards the nearby train station. I just had to take some pictures to see if I could catch the lemmings following the same path; it was monstrous but also kind of funny to watch.
The cathedral was a lot smaller than what we all had anticipated, but next to it we found the pub named; Old Joint Stock. This was a beautiful place with a good atmosphere and a good choice or beer. We tasted some of the beers but quickly found them far from the standards in Belgium; I had some beers from bottles which tasted quiet nice.