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2010 TRIP TO ENGLAND, by Colin L. Miller

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2010: WARWICK & BIRMINGHAM

Today was less intense, with just a tourist trip to Birmingham. After getting ready, I went downstairs for the usual breakfast at 8:10 am. The weather was cool and sunny.

With nothing better to do, I finally departed at 9:30 and walked to the train station where I got a day-return ticket to Birmingham Snow Hill (BSW), 6.50, from a self-service kiosk. The train was not set to depart until about 11am, so I just waited around platform 1. I finally boarded at 10:50. Along the way the train passed Solihull station, in the area where my part of the Claydon family lived. Thirty-six minutes later I was off at Birmingham Snow Hill station. This place was in the city center and under a high rise building. I made my way down New Street to the Bull Ring Shopping Centre, passing by the Selfridge's building with its curving walls covered in circular discs. Then I went through a food street fair. I was still trying to navigate to the National Sea Life Centre, and ended up on Temple Street just south of the cathedral, then west past the Town Hall. From there I made my way across the A41 to Cambridge Street-King Edwards Road. Just before the canals, I went across some footbridges and up and down some stairs until I finally reached the National Sea Life Centre at 12:21 pm.

After a few minutes in line, I paid the admission and got a souvenir guide book, -22.00. This place had a two or three floors of aquariums and zoo displays. There were quite a few noisy little kids here, may of which were pushed along in strollers.

I made it to the exit at 1:35 pm and I headed back into the city center. I end up at the Birmingham Cathedral (1). This one was much newer than the others and was intentionally designed to be simple, so no Roman, Saxon, or Norman stuff here. Then it was time for a late lunch at the Stephenson St. Subway, 4.00. This place had a person holding a sign with an arrow pointing this way on the pedestrian street mall area just to the north on New Street.

I was getting worn out, so I headed back to the train station, first passing by Moor St Rail station and Selfridge's, and arriving at Snow Hill station, Platform 2, at 3:25. Forty-five minutes later I was on the train, which stopped at Oxford along the way. I got off at Warwick at 4:40 and returned to my room for a nap. Later, I called my father on the cell phone as today was Fathers Day. Tomorrow I'd relocate to Southampton and visit Winchester.


Birmingham


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