Escapade à Birmingham : la ville (1)

Publié le par Marie-France Chocot

French version:

En tout premier lieu, je souhaite humblement rendre un hommage aux victimes de l’attentat de Londres. Je suis de tout cœur avec les personnes qui se trouvaient à Westminster à cet instant effroyable et également avec leur famille. « Love » que j’ai pris en photo dans une entrée d’hôtel à Birmingham symbolise ce partage avec vous.

Je suis venue à Birmingham sur les conseils de mon professeur d’anglais pour me rendre à l’exposition « International Craft & Hobby Fair » et en même temps pour découvrir la ville de Birmingham. Thank you Jack. Les deux premiers jours ont été consacrés à l’exposition qui réunissait les activités de couture, mode & broderie, patchwork & quilt et également un espace pour l’art du sucre (Cake Cup Exhibition)- voir les photos dans l’article Birmingham (2). Pour vous donner une idée l’exposition ressemble à ce qui ce passe en février à Paris à Porte de Versailles « L’aiguille en fête ». L’ambiance est différente cependant. Je me suis sentie tout à fait à l’aise, pas de stress devant les stands, les allées sont larges, on ne se bouscule pas comme à Paris :-), les gens sont sympathiques et on peut facilement discuter avec les exposants. Je dois dire que si je devais résumer Birmingham en quelques mots ce serait : RELAX, SOCIAL, COOL, BIO. Au cours de l’exposition, j’ai assisté au défilé de mode très bien et ainsi j’ai découvert les vêtements réalisés par de très jeunes étudiants(es). J’ai noté qu’il y avait davantage ateliers proposés au public en comparaison avec Porte de Versailles. Par ailleurs, dans l’allée centrale, on pouvait admirer une magnifique exposition consacrée principalement aux patchworks & quilts (à nouveau voir article 2 pour les photos). J’ai acheté des patrons de coutures, des grilles pour broderies au point de croix et quelques fils teints artisanalement ainsi que une grande quantité de tissus. Le deuxième jour, Jack m’a rejoint à l’exposition : je lui ai promis de lui tricoter une écharpe et nous avons choisi une belle laine, chaude et de couleur foncé comme il aime. Nous sommes allés aussi du côté de l’exposition de l’art du sucre (Cake Cup Exhibition).

Pour me rendre à l’Exposition qui se trouve à côté de l’Aéroport à  l’Hôtel Paragon, je prenais le train pour la gare Grand Central. A chaque fois c’était l’occasion de parler avec les gens. Je commençais souvent la discussion en demandant si le train allait bien à Birmingham, la station New Street (Grand Central) et puis s’engageait alors la discussion sur différents thèmes dont Paris bien sûr. Une dame très sympathique m’a parlé du marché St Martin comme d’un endroit où je devais absolument me rendre car là j’y trouverais tout ce dont j’ai besoin. Merci beaucoup car c’était bien vrai. Le marché est super et on y trouve beaucoup de choses pour pas trop chers et de bonne qualité : j’ai acheté des fils, des galons, des fermetures éclairs, des tissus….

Le troisième jour, Dimanche, le soleil brille ce qui était inattendu au vue de la  METEO. Je décidai de passer la journée entièrement à l’extérieur et j’ai bien profité de cette belle journée de printemps. Birmingham m’a semblé en pleine transformation/mutation, même phénomène qu’à Londres (voir l’article sur Londres où je suis allée en Avril 2016). Les ouvriers sur les chantiers ne s’arrêtent pas même le Dimanche (voir la photo dans le diaporama) et les anciens bâtiments en briquette rouge et très élégants côtoient les nouveaux buildings de glace et très haut. Le futur est en marche à Birmingham.

A mon tour de vous recommander de visiter Birmingham, deuxième ville après Londres, et si vous êtes fan de créations fait main comme moi, je vous souhaite de passer un excellent moment à la prochaine Exposition organisée au NEC en 2017 comme ce que je viens de passer pendant ces 3 belles journées.

A bientôt, Marie-France

English version:

First of all, I humbly wish to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in London. I am wholeheartedly with everyone who were present at Westminster during this terrible moment and my heart also goes out to their families. I took a picture of « Love » which I found in a hotel at Birmingham and I want to share it as a symbol during this difficult time.

I went to Birmingham following my English Teacher’s suggestion to attend an exhibition « International Craft & Hobby Fair » thank you Jack and at the same time I was able to discover the city. The two first days were dedicated to the exhibition, which put together the activities of Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion & Embroidery, Hobby crafts as well as a space for Sugar Art - see photos in the article named Birmingham (2). To compare, the exhibition looks like the event which takes place every February in Paris at Porte de Versailles and it’s called « L’aiguille en fête ». Nevertheless, the atmosphere here is different. I immediately feel confident, no pressure in front of the shops, the alleys are large, no rush as in Paris :-), People are nice and it is pleasant to discuss with the shops keepers. I must say that if I should sum up Birmingham in a few words it would be: RELAX, SOCIAL, COOL and ORGANIC. During the exhibition, it was great to attend the fashion show and discover the clothes made by very young students. I noticed that much more workshops were proposed to the public compared to Paris. In addition, in the central alley, you can see a very beautiful exhibition mainly for patchworks-quilts (see article 2 again for the photos). I found patterns, model for cross-stitching, hand craft dye threads and a large quantity of materials. The second day, I met Jack who joined me at the exhibition: I promised to knit a scarf for him and we chose a warm beautiful wool, dark colour which he preferred. We also visited together the Cake Cup Exhibition (Sugar Art).

To move between the exhibition located near the Airport and the Paragon Hotel, I caught the train to Grand Central (train station). Each time, it was an opportunity to talk to some people. I often started the discussion by asking if the train was the right train to Birmingham New Street (Grand Central) and then we talked about several different topics, and about Paris of course. A nice lady told me that St Martin Market is where I MUST go because that’s where I will find all stuff that I need. Thankfully she was right, it’s a nice place where I found many things such as cheap threads, ribbons, zip, material…

The third day, on Sunday, the sun was shining which was unexpected according to the METEO. I decided to spend the day outside and I enjoyed that lovely spring day. Birmingham looks to me as a city in entire transformation, the same phenomena that occurred in London (see the article about London where I was in April 2016). Workers never stop even on Sunday (see the photo herewith) and the old elegant red buildings are close to the new glass and high buildings. The future is on his way to Birmingham;

It is now my turn to recommend visiting Birmingham (the second largest UK city after London) and if you are fun of creative handmade articles like I am, I hope you will enjoy the next Exhibition at the NEC in 2017 as I took a great pleasure in those 3 days.

See you soon, Marie-France

Exhibition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk

Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk
Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk

Exposition = SEWING FOR PLEASURE, HOBBYCRAFTS & FASHION & EMBROIDERY, NEC, Birmingham, Halls 11 & 12, 16-19 March 2017 – info@ichf.co.uk

Publié dans Voyages

Commenter cet article