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Okay so it must have been at least a few posts since we went on about how much we love Birmingham, right?!

Well I thought it was about time that I highlighted one of Birmingham’s beautiful venues. While the city itself is a wonderful mish-mash of old and new architecture there are a few buildings that really stand out as being something special.

The Library:
I don’t know what went through the designers head when he started drawing circles all over this building but the end result is spectacular. It’s a building that mesmerizes and entertains and whatever time of day you are looking at it you will always see something different. It’s easy to forget that it houses 1000’s of books but if you ever visit Birmingham it’s worth 20 minutes out of your day to enter the cavernous space and ride the escalators to the top. From there you can enjoy the roof garden and views of the city stretching out to the surrounding countryside.

Have you heard of Wayne Manor? If you are a Batman fan you may well have heard reference to the house as that of Bruce Wayne or if you watched Dark Knight Rises it was used as the setting.

‘In DC Comicsthe residence is typically depicted as a huge mansion on grounds outside Gotham City, maintained by the Wayne family’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth. While the earliest stories showed Bruce Wayne buying the house himself, by the 1950s at the latest, retroactive continuity had established that the manor had belonged to the Wayne family for several generations. It was without exception referred to in the 1960s TV series as “stately Wayne Manor.” (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Manor)

We love Stratford-Upon-Avon, known as Shakespeare’s birth place it is quintessentially British, packed with history and a great place to spend the day.

With our friend Lisa in tow we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and head there on Saturday. It’s a half an hour drive from home and as a tourist place it has plenty of parking – even if it is pricey!

Brighton is an easy 1.5 hour drive (without traffic) from Fulham (or 50 minute train ride from London), so it’s a place we’ve frequented over the last few years. It’s a very ‘cool’ place to be, very alternative, with a thriving arts community, who’ve painted murals all over the city – Brighton is a very colourful place to be. It’s also been dubbed one of the hotspots in the UK to see bands or go clubbing. 

In a small area by the seafront they have crammed in A LOT! You have the heritage of the Royal Pavilion the seaside fun of Brighton Pier and the Sea Life centre. Brighton has a unique mix of heritage, culture and cosmopolitan fun, it’s as exciting as London, but with a more laid-back feel to it. You happen upon fantastic things without meaning to whatever time of year you go. http://www.visitbrighton.com/whats-on.