A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to venture outside of Nashville and get the chance to explore a new southern town, Birmingham, Alabama. Although I only got to spend a total of a day and a half there, it was a truly beautiful experience that made me want to return to spend more time. The four hour drive to town was covered in beautiful scenery, small towns, and a killer playlist (if I do say so myself). I couldn’t help taking a selfie with this sign (I mean, come on, it’s one of my favorite movies and songs).
When we arrived, we went right for one of the cities staples, The Irondale Cafe, inspiration behind the hit film Fried Green Tomatoes. Not only did I get to have some of the famous Fried Green Tomatoes (and they were FREAKING delicious), but I got to taste some other delicious southern fare that I probably shouldn’t have consumed. The cafe was adorably quaint, just as you’d suspect any restaurant to be in a small town. Not that Birmingham is a small town, but on the outskirts, it certainly has that sweet, homey feel to it.
The following day we decided to do a little walking tour of Downtown Birmingham, specifically, the Civil Rights Trail that goes into the history of the movement and what was accomplished on those very streets. It was such a beautiful, calm Sunday that you really had the opportunity to take in the history and the impact it had on our country. With everything that has been going on in the US lately, it was a moment of real reflection that I think all of us could use. A reminder that we should stand up for what is right, especially when there are people that don’t have a real voice or opportunity to stand up for themselves.
Birmingham was such a beautiful city. If you get a chance to go, be sure to stop by the Vulcan Statue. It gives you a panoramic view of the city that you can’t get from anywhere else, and it’s gorgeous. You can either go up inside of the statue or stand at any one of the lookout points in the park, either way, you’re getting a view unlike many others in the south.
Check out a few more pictures below!
My goal is to return to Birmingham when I have a little more time on my hands to take in the nightlife and some other little tidbits I’d read about before heading there. Do you have any suggestions for things to do in Birmingham? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @JukeboxMixtape.