Birmingham is one of my favourite cities. Unlike London, which sprawls over a huge area, the centre of Birmingham is very contained, probably because it is surrounded by hills. It's a very vibrant city, full of life and colour, and everywhere is within easy walking distance.
Birmingham actually has more miles of canals than Venice! This is a signpost at the junction of three major waterways.
Every morning, when we are staying in Birmingham, we walk down to the canals about half a mile from our hotel, for breakfast aboard this narrow boat. Somehow, it seems more friendly and pleasant than eating in the hotel.
Every Christmas, there is a German Christingle market, from Frankfurt, in the streets in the centre of town. This bar stands at the entrance to the area used, and gives a good impression of what lies within the market stalls.
With the exception of a couple of old buildings, and the brand-new Bullring development, Birmingham is not notable for its' architecture. However, even some of the new developments are pleasant to walk through.
This is Brindley Place, where you can actually walk through the middle of the fountain, and it's quite normal to see kids - and dogs - paddling in its shallow waters.