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Jun 17, 2016 - Birmingham's back to backs

Always great to visit a place that makes you appreciate what you have now and Birmingham's back to backs is one of those places. We took a guided tour of Birmingham's last surviving court of back to backs; houses built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard. Each house had no back door, no back window and no through ventilation. There were also back-to-backs that fronted onto a street and had houses on their back facing onto the courtyard. It certainly was a step back in time hearing about having to share a bed with all your...

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Feb 5, 2015 - Birmingham Back to Backs

Today we visited the Back to Backs in central Birmingham. The Birmingham Back to Backs are the last surviving back to backs in Birmingham. (The rest having been demolished by the early 1970’s) They are examples of the thousands of similar houses that were built, literally back to back, around courtyards, for the rapidly increasing population of Britain's expanding industrial towns. Our very informative guide took us through a journey in time from the 1840s through to the 1970s as we explored the 11 houses. It was a fascinating visit seeing...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Back in dear old England

A wonderful time all around was had in Bonny Scotland. I loved the ruggedly beautiful Scottish Highlands, the wonderfully friendly Scottish folk all with heaps of attitude (the good sort)and character, the black pudding and haggis, neeps and tatties and oh yeah, for sure the melodiously, overpowering, hauntingly beautiful sound of the bagpipes, all of which reminded me of my dearly missed Dad. However, my journey continued down south to a more cultured and staid part of the world, England, the land of quaint little pubs on every corner,...

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Jun 17, 2013 - caernarvon via??

One of the places visible from the train going to and coming from Penzance that I didn't get to. Next visit! Because of Internet problems I decided Id get the experts at the station to do my route and tickets for the next stage of the trip. Later I recalled the patient helpful gentleman saying "I'm getting confused' he went over the trip again but didn't make changes. he also said something about that's further but its a cheaper fare. What he didn't say was 'because of that you'll ignore this ticket" nor did h3e say you get off on the...

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May 5, 2013 - Back To Backs (Birmingham)

On Sunday when I left Hinckley Jean had some difficulty locating Neil - so we spoke on the phone and I thanked her and said my goodbyes. I took a taxi to the train station, and just as I was emerging from the cab, Jean & Neil pulled up in their car. So they waited with me for a while on the platform, and we were able to chat a bit before they had to leave. I was so touched that they took the time and trouble to see me off in person. I had a short train journey from Hinckley back to Birmingham to visit my friend Judy. She had arranged to...

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Apr 30, 2013 - Back to Birmingham

It has been so many years since I last visited Birmingham - 1984, I think. When I was 11 years old, my class at school wrote to a 5th grade class in Birmingham, England. Stephanie was the girl assigned as my correspondent, and we just happened to continue writing to each other long after we finished the 5th grade. There were many years in between when we weren't in contact at all, so it's even more amazing that we are still in touch. Her mother (I believe) found a box of my old letters in their attic one day and passed them on to Stephanie....

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Mar 22, 2013 - A few days in England

Snow!!! Spring in England this year. Last year was the warmest on record. Not this year! It's the coldest. The trip over was great, and I arrived in Birmingham to stay with my cousin, Eve, Wednesday afternoon. I traveled to Birmingham by bus from Gatwick. Although wearing a turtleneck and sweater, it was very cold (no heat on the bus), and I had left my fleece, gloves and hat in my suitcase in the luggage carrier of the bus. I must have been blue, because as I was saying hello to Eve she was taking off her coat and put it on me zipping up...

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Apr 7, 2012 - Back at Home Farm for Easter

We drove from Birmingham on 4th April, passing through some light snow on the way, to hear on the news that night that there'd been heavy snow in Yorkshire. We are now back at Home Farm, near Burnham on Sea, for the Easter weekend. The large campground is FULL. Despite the forecast for rain for Easter, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were fine. We went into Burnham on Friday morning for a wander and a coffee with Andrew. Had a swim at the pool complex in the afternoon. On Saturday night Andrew came for dinner (lasagne) with us, and he and David...

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Apr 3, 2012 - Kingsbury Water Park, Birmingham

Yesterday we drove to Birmingham, stopping at Morrison’s at Tamworth to stock up on provisions and fill up Homer with diesel. A fuel strike had been threatened and the ensuing run on petrol stations had caused many to run out of petrol and diesel, but the problem didn’t affect us here. We then found the camping ground at Kingsbury Water Park (B76 0DY) and settled in for the night. The weather threatened to turn this morning but we set off along the canal to catch either a bus or train to Selly Oak via Birmingham. This proved to be a walk of...

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Mar 12, 2012 - Goodbye UK

So we've said our goodbye's, shed a few tears and even managed to cram in numerous drinks! We left the Novotel Airport hotel with a heavy heart and joined the check-in queue. All went well but then my bag tested positive for explosives - how!? After some further tests and questions we are sent on our way. All aboard the airplane! It's all very real that we're leaving the UK as we set off into the clouds set for our first stop - Paris. Well, we nearly did not make it as our plane dipped and then flipped vertically - women started screaming...

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Nov 6, 2010 - Journey Begins

A relaxing start to the morning, as always awake before any alarm clock, and after a much needed mug of tea, its time to head to the airport. For my trips I have now started to use Birmingham Airport more and connect to long haul flights at some of the European hubs where connections are great. This trip sees me travelling to New York via Amsterdam, the convenience of the local airport over a trip to Heathrow or Gatwick is well worth it. My car is parked next to the terminal, which will be great for coming back. The airport has had a make...

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May 5, 2010 - Birmingham, Round Two

So Samatee and Nathan were off on their honeymoon, but prior to their departure, they gave us Andy's phone number, who knew all the goings on with their social club - IVC. We had a weekend in Birmingham and a great contact and no travel plans via airplane - Great! The ferry and train - uneventful. The Old Stock Joint pub after the day of travel - outstanding. Then it was back to a warm reception at the Prince Hotel. The social activity of the evening was badminton, followed by a pub visit ending with an Indian meal. Great entertainment....

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