First stop - Brighton
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So we began our road trip, learning the road rules as we went. There are classes of roads - M for motorway, A roads, B roads, and then country-type lanes, which are hedgelined death traps, only really wide enough for one car but people hoon along them anyway, somehow avoiding crashing!
We both had a go driving out of London for fun, then took the motorway...but had no idea of the speed limit as you are expected to know the limit for each type of road (not that anyone does it anyway!), which in comparison to Australia, where you get told every 100 metres, was a real shock!
So we dawdled along in the left lane, whilst Audi's, BMW's and Mercedes all left us for dead (also, almost every car here is basically brand new), and arrived in the seaside town of Brighton safely.
Now, there is something in the water in Brighton, and I say that for two reasons. Firstly, this was the first time we saw their seagulls...and they are gigantic! Secondly, King George 1 was sent here by his doctor to get some of its healing waters, which while it apparently helped, I also attribute to him building the Royal Pavillion, an eccentric royal residence (in my opinion) - Indian exterior and Chinese interior!
While in Brighton, we walked along the famous pier, which is very touristy and has lots of theme park rides, fairy floss and amusement games. We had dinner at the pier restaurant, where the waitress looked at me very oddly when I asked for my fish grilled! We also checked out The Lanes - funky little streets full of shops, both alternative and top-end; I resisted, but Steph bought a funky blue skirt!
Finally, Brighton is where I found my favourite chain store so far...POUNDLAND!! Where yes, everything is a pound!! We stocked up on lots of goodies for the road.