A few weekends back we went to Birmingham to hit up 2nd and Charles and Whole Foods. We try not to fill our other time with shopping or even window shopping, so we stay away from the mall and The Summit. When we first started implementing this rule it was hard but it has been so rewarding. We have since sought out parks and such since they are usually free and focused on a experience (or just being) rather than being focused on consumption and wanting more.
One of the best times was this particular trip, we finally went to Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham. I had been hearing about it for awhile and oh man, it lived up to the hype. It was beautiful. The scenery, the way it was implemented into the local community...honestly, one of the best parks I have ever been to. If you are in or around the area, definately plan on visiting.
We headed out to see The Vulcan as well. If you don't already know The Vulcan is a well-known statue:
Birmingham Alabama's colossal statue is the world's largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, it has overlooked the urban landscape of Alabama's largest city since the 1930s.We decided to go during the evening hours, the ticket prices were cut in half ($3 for adults, Ocean and Luna were free) The city looks beautiful from the top. Somewhat sad though, Birmgham is on the list of most polluted cities in the US and you could clearly see how thick the smog is over all the lights.