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11.12.2017: Day Tripping: Visiting Birmingham Christmas Market

The week before last, I found myself heading somewhere completely new for the first time- Birmingham! Making use of a day off of work, I braved Euston (perhaps the most stress-inducing station known to man!) to catch the 10:03 train to Birmingham New Street. The purpose? Other than attempting to channel some Peaky Blinders inspired attitude, I was catching up with my lovely friend Kate, who I don't get to see nearly as often now she's living in Liverpool. Opting to meet more or less halfway between our two home cities, we settled on Brum- something of a no-brainer to be honest, as it gave us the chance to visit their wonderful Christmas market too:

Although it was a truly chilly day weather wise, it was wonderful to visit somewhere I'd never been before- and I can't quite believe it's taken me quite to so long to discover this beautiful city. A quick peek inside the Bullring had me eager to book a return trip to suss out the shopping situation proper, and it was great to catch up over brunch too- something of a novelty indulgence for me on a weekday! We then meandered our way down New Street towards the Frankfurt Christmas Market, with an array of stalls offering unique gifts and plenty of options for refreshments. Add in a tower of revolving Santas, an animatronic moose serenading passers-by in German and a ride on the carousel and you have the makings of a pretty quintessential Christmas! As well as the market, it was great to take in the sights of the city too- from the town hall to St Philip's Cathedral and Temple Row; I'm sure it won't be too long before I'm back to explore more! 

Have you visited anywhere new recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


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