Nick and I visited Birmingham over the weekend and started out trip the way we start all our road trips: with a McDonalds Breakfast. There is something different about the UK Egg McMuffin and I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly. The muffin and cheese seem different and Nick thinks they put butter on the US English Muffins. The UK Mcdonalds coffee is also TERRIBLE. The gave me a “white coffee”, I don’t know what I tried to drink, but it was no bueno.
At least it it was Rainforest Alliance Certified.
After an hour or so of the Wedding Show we reached our limit so we headed for Birmingham city center to visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. They have a fantastic collection of Pre Raphaelite paintings and I also enjoyed their Arts and Crafts section.
This woman (Jane Morris) is modeled in so many of the paintings, but this is the only one of her as a redhead.
Nick and I both enjoyed the books in the Arts and Crafts section.
We found Millie and a Monkey in the museum as well. She’s a naughty brat, who would easily be f’ing with a fireplace. We love and miss her though, which is why we take pictures like this.
A HUGE painting by Botticelli.
Creepy ginger haired boys in dresses.
A painting by someone I don’t remember who used the wrong glazes or pigments. Rendering his subjects ghosts people.
I <3 Degas Bronzes
As with many free places there are often odd, eccentric people wandering around. We met Herman in the Buddha gallery and he started going on and on (and on) about Masonic architecture, symbols and la la stuff. 8 Lions, Hermes, H, 8, teardrops, seeds, same as above as below, men, man, Her-man. It was… interesting.
There are NO sushi restaurants near us in Lancaster. It almost breaks my heart, between sushi nights in Miami and my general love of Sushi Sono it’s one of the things I really miss about being in the UK. So on our way to the museum we spotted Woktastic. I should have known, from the revolving sushi conveyor belt that it wouldn’t be in the same realm as Miami or Maryland.
Then I accidentally ate CHICKEN, what the hell was chicken doing in sushi. Bastards.
Despite the chicken in the sushi we had a great first day in Birmingham. Huzzah! Stay tuned for our trip to Cadbury World and more of Birmingham!