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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham July 10th 2019

We arrived in Birmingham at about 4:30, and found a mooring in the very center of town, across from a LegoLand exhibit and next to the Aquarium Center. We grabbed the last mooring on Oozle Street Loop, and our beautiful boat was visible by everyone in the square. After a quick shower, we went into town to find food. 5pm is a bit early for dinner, and most places were not quite open. However we found a fabulous Indian restaurant where the food was spicy and the water was plentiful, as was the Naan. Birmingham didn't have as many "big old buildings" as London and other towns we have visited. It seem that the majority of Birmingham grew up during the industrial expansion and either there were not many buildings prior, or the expansion just consumed ... read more
An Escape Room
Success!  Huzzah!
The City Before You

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham September 26th 2018

Woolly says – It was a glorious day, not a cloud in the sky and the sun was already warming my fur as we headed towards the city, I sat contentedly munching on the remans of breakfast and wondering what to have as my first snack of the day. Following my disappointment from being able to get a round of golf in I had researched fully to ensure that our destination would not only be there but would be open Not that the females gave me any credit for my preplanning and just sat moaning about the need to play, my cunning plan involved chocolate cake so I felt assured that I would soon win them over. We weren’t actually moaning about the golf but about how cold the nights are now getting and ... read more
A sunny day at the park
Golf anyone!
Not sure what these were but they were a lovely colour

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham August 25th 2018

Woolly says – It’s always good to find somewhere you haven’t been even though you’ve lived in an area for many years, I’d been doing my research and as long as I could keep the women out of the shops I’d found a good place of interest. Having told Jo to take us to the nearest train station I kept the rest of my cards close to my tusks, the tricky part came at the ticket office where I tried to ask for the tickets without being overheard, the man behind the glass merely shook his head. I asked for our destination again and again he shook his head, I raised my voice and tried a third attempt to be met with the same response, I kicked his Perspex window and waited for Jo to intercede, ... read more
The catacombs
In the workshop
1803 Urinals ..... nothing for women though!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham June 8th 2018

Sandy and I arrived in the UK last Saturday and made our way to Twickenham in time to catch the afternoon games of the London Rugby 7s. On Sunday, Canada finished in the top 8 and England finished 4th, losing to Ireland In the final game. We spent a hectic week visiting family and old school friends and are now sitting in Birmingham airport waiting for our flight to Paris for the final stop in the Rugby 7s World tour.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham July 23rd 2017

Last night’s next door party finished at 5:30 am. It is another gloomy start but there are some promising breaks. Jane has offered to take us to Birmingham so we sit back, relax and enjoy the drive. It is Sunday and all is relatively quiet on the roads. Perhaps everyone is still recovering from last night’s party. Everything is straight forward until we get to Junction 5. Closed! Deviation! Oh help. We drive on to the next exit and leave the motorway. We notice Jane wants us to return to Junction 5. We can see ourselves spending the day circulating between Junction 4 and 6. We just have to defy Jane’s instructions and follow the deviation signs. Perhaps we’ll have an understanding navigator who will soon pick up on what is happening and guide us to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham March 4th 2017

Just two weeks before we set off- a few last minute things to sort out and we're ready to go.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham January 24th 2017

Under 8 weeks until we fly out of Heathrow to Auckland to start our big New Zealand adventure. Busy planning our 9 days on North Island and 14 days on South Island so we don't waste a minute of our time. Excited to say the least!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham September 8th 2016

Geo: 52.4814, -1.89983An early start from Reykjavik at 4am but even leaving Iceland is easy with self check in for people and baggage meaning the queues were for the masses.We arrived into central Birmingham and found the 'quaint' Britannia Hotel without any trouble. It is rather tired and probably a caricature of a British hotel except the shower is great.Birmingham central has a huge shopping and market area, the Bullring, and the requisite Victoria Square, town hall and impressive church. However it was all pleasant enough for a stroll and people seemed quite normal!We found our way to the canal where we spent an hour or so doing research - that is drinking a local beer and watching the locals navigate canal boats through a channel that was about 6 inches wider than the boat itself. ... read more
Interesting garden sculpture in Birmingham

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham May 1st 2015

I should sheepishly admit that when I first thought this trip up, I imagined that any route from the UK to China would be a toss-up between the hot sands of the middle east and bleak snowdrifts in Siberia. With a little bit more digging of course, it's easy to blow away those stereotypes. Also, whilst it would be great to be able to just set off towards the rising sun one day, the reality is that various practicalities remain: What is the shortest route (old car!)? Can a standard front-wheel drive travel those roads at that time of year (old car!)? What restrictions are there for tourists with a vehicle at the various borders (foreign driver with a foreign old car!)? Is any region too dangerous to risk (not an old armored car!)? My first ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham May 1st 2015

Fair warning, this first post will be a little cheesy. I'll cut that s**t out after this. I've mentioned the idea to a few people across those years, and as you can see, I meant it. I know I'll look like a bit of a tulip if we don't make it past Surrey, but hey, the die is cast. Roll on May 1st 2015. So I like travelling. Caught the bug in 2001 through the BUNAC exchange program, spending a glorious, heady, eye-opening summer on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, hand-making fudge in huge copper cauldrons. The people I met, friends I made and things I saw, I will never forget. I have forgotten how to make fudge. It wasn't enough though, and that trip did teach me that most important lesson: If you want ... read more

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