Did you know that there are more miles of canal in Birmingham than there are in Venice? We currently live right next to a canal, just get past the huge fence and the hill of trees and there it is. Of course there are steps to get down there too and we often go for walks alongside the water.
I've been promising the littlies all summer that I would take them on a barge on the canal, but we hadn't managed to get around to it. Then last weekend we had to pop to Birmingham Symphony Hall to buy some tickets and of course the canals are right behind there, so we jumped on a barge and took a little tour. First we had a look around. It really is a lovely area with cafès and bars and often live music playing. The whole place is really pretty but also really busy.
I took lots of photos while on the barge, but also managed to put my camera down and enjoy the views.
There are some amazing buildings to view, both old and new. In this collage you can see the new library (bottom left, I love it but OH hates it and says it looks like a nuclear power plant), the Mailbox (bottom right, a rather nice shopping complex), the Hotel Indigo (top left, it looks like a cube) and some old building which is about to be restored (top right, sorry the guy on the tour did explain more but it was too noisy to hear what he said, it was a lovely building though)
It was a lovely sunny day and we really enjoyed our trip. Hopefully we'll do it again soon, maybe even take the Santa Barge which I remember doing with my older children many years ago.