Wednesday, 9 September 2009

A small guide to Birmingham


I went to Birmingham for a short city break with my dear husband. The reason was that the Swedish Chamber of Commerce had a networking happening at the SAS Radisson there and we decided to stay the night and make it a small city break.
The sun was shining and we walked to the Bullring and started by having a nice lunch at he Café Rouge. After that we spent the afternoon having some "shopping therapy", but a budget one. The Bullring has everything you want and we were especially impressed with Selfridges, a very well layed out department store.
I got some nice winter boots, and we got some good value jeans for Bruce and sport shoes etc for our son Hugo! He is having growing spurts continuously needing new shoes!

After a nice drink in the sun we got changed and headed for the drinks party. Very enjoyable and we met some interesting people working for the Birmingham City Council and various other companies in some way related to Sweden.
After the party we had a bit to eat at the hotel restaurant, Italian style, and very good. Bruce had a fantastic risotto and I had a mixed antipasti platter.
Off to bed. Very comfy beds in our spacey and colourful room.
We had a bit of a sleep in and had a very leisurely long breakfast and then we headed off for the canals. A pleasant surprise, you can walk around for hours and look a new house developments and house boats etc....
We were pleasantly surprised of how clean Birmingham is everywhere.
We bumped into a new restaurant, LoveS, opening tomorrow. The very nice proprietors showed us around, they have recently been running a restaurant in Leamington Spa. We will come back to try it out at a later date.

On the way back to the hotel to check out and head back home we passed an other shopping center, The Mailhouse, impressing with a small Harvey Nicols, Hugo Boss etc.
We will be back for more....

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