Saturday, 19 September 2015

Going West: Day 19

We had an excellent evening last night with Doug and James from Chance, which is also moored in central Birmingham. We started with bubbles and nibbles on Chance, followed by a meal at Wagamama in Brindley Place, and then a few drinks in town.

This morning we had a relaxed start to the day. There have been a few changes since we were her a few years ago. The National Indoor Arena has become the Barclaycard Arena, and it's had a facelift, with a new facade facing the canal, complete with cafes and restaurants.

First visit of the day was to the Library of Birmingham -- a fantastic new building inside and out, and with high level gardens with great views.

After lunch in a pub we went on a tour of the Coffin Works, a new museum in the former workshops of Newman Brothers, who made metal fittings and cloth linings and shrouds for coffins. It was a fascinating hour.

There was even an exhibition of contemporary quirky coffins, including one for narrowboaters.

Then we walked to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which is a similar idea, in the workshops of Smith and Perrin. Again, it was well worth the visit.

Returning to the canal, we found restaurants were fully booked, so we got jerk pork and chicken from a food stall in Brimdley Place. Then we'll be going to a CBSO concert in Symphony Hall.

0 miles, 0 locks. (243 miles, 194 locks)


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