Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Quick Stop in Birmingham

I arrived in Birmingham, Alabama, in the evening, and left around 3:00 P. M. the following day. That did not allow me a lot of time in the city. Coupled with the fact that pictures were not allowed inside one of the venues I visited, this will likely be a short discussion of my introduction into the 49th State I have visited. But that does not make the visit any less memorable! First off, I enjoyed a nice meal at night at Bottega, sitting in the courtyard. Here are some pics:

Here is a link:

Niki's West, where I had breakfast the next morning, was cute:

Quite a nice portion size, as I look at it now:

There are little sea gadgets around and in the restaurant, such as these anchors:

The link:

Of course, you have to see the Civil Rights Museum, which is very thorough in documenting the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the area:

The link:

I was happy to have visited Reed's Bookstore. The store contains antiques and collectibles, such as little knickknacks around the store:

Of course there are some classics as well:

Here is a link to this very pleasant venue, which is a bit more obscure, though I did find it in a travel journal.

Jim gave me a tour of the store, along with a free copy of a book he wrote, Dad's Tweed Coat, containing short stories of his life.

I finished my time in Birmingham with an attractively presented lunch at John's City Diner:

And the link:

All in all, my short time in Birmingham was cute and enjoyable, with some education from the Civil Rights Museum. A fun stop to introduce me to the last of the contiguous 48 States I was to visit!

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