Brighton rocks! (Ah! TERRIBLE pun!)
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May 5th, 2007 – by: Maureenie
Since Nikki came through Arcadia, and they have all these extra things that you get to do through that package, I got to sneak onto their trip to Brighton for only a fiver. Awesome.
The morning was HECTIC. We left later than we should have, and we COULD have made it, but they were working on the Central Line from Marble Arch through past Notting Hill Gate, which is where we needed to meet to bus. EEE... So, of course, we didn’t find this out until after we’d already got onto the Central Line, and we all had to get kicked off the tube. Nikki and I tried to figure out how we could get there in time.
When we got into Brighton there was a huge parade with little kids in the street we were trying to drive down. It was sooooo nice to see a beach again. I didn’t realise how much I’d missed it until I saw the shore and the pier and the beach-ish culture that reminds me of Santa Cruz. When the bus finally parked, we all journeyed through the crowds together so we could get the group admission into the suuuuuuper fancy Royal Pavilion. There were TONS of people around for this parade, which seemed to be celebrating the first weekend of the month or so long Brighton Festival.
The Royal Pavilion designed by John Nash was SOOOOOOOOOOO cool. I’d been to quite a few castles since I’d been to Europe, and... well, okay, so its a palace, not a castle, but STILL, it was way cooler than pretty much everything. I couldn’t take pictures inside, which was lame, but everything was really, really lavish, because I guess the guy that lived there put a lot of importance on parties and being social and having a good time. Because of this there was a very long table in the dining room, which paintings all over the walls and a really gorgeous chandelier... the ceiling was really high and it tiered down really far, and had a frickin’ DRAGON holding it at the top.
We hung around in the fancy schmancy guest shop for a while (I had to buy postcards since we couldn’t take pictures), and then we went to enjoy the lovely weather like everyone else. There were tons of people crowding the gardens outside. We walked around the the front and took pictures. Then we thought we’d head to the beach, since we’d both been missing it. I saw a guy in a banana suit.
The shore is covered in rocks instead of sand, because I guess Brighton used to be a bathing beach and people didn’t like getting sandy when they were trying to bathe... not as comfortable to sit on/nap on as sand, though. We tried sunbathing/napping anyway, though, which was lovely, even if it was uncomfortable.
Après ça, we went to the little shops/game areas behind the beach and looked at all the touristy-ness. We bought some ice cream, because it seemed appropriate. Most touristy-ness was to be enjoyed on Brighton Pier. Lots of carnival food to make you sick, rides, games, all that stuff... reminded me a lot of the Boardwalk at home. Again, tons of people.
We had a little bit of time left, so we went walking around the town to window shop and look for somewhere to eat dinner.
We almost stayed late to see a show, but started to get really tired... I got this DELICIOUS piece of pound cake of some such from a really, really cute little bakery before we hopped on the bus. It was SO cute. They had all these delicious homemade pastries arrayed on various table, and a super old push button cash register. The way the light was stepping in through the dusty windows made me feel like I was inside of an old photograph. We both fell asleep on the ride home, and were groggy when we got back to Notting Hill.
Instead of going home and making dinner to save money, we went to an impulse dinner at this risotto place called Zizzi on Notting Hill Gate. It was DELICIOUS. We got some sort of risotto with asparagus.... mmmm.... We didn’t get home until dark and then had tea and watched Friends.
Man, what a romantic day Nikki and I had! :)
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