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YAAAAAY we finally made it on the bus... what a morning...
I got to go to Brighton with Nikki today! It was soooo fun!!!

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.
Parade madness in Brighton
.. We thought maybe we could get on a bus, but we weren’t sure which one to take. We knew what streets to take to get there, so we decided we should probably just make a run for it. Literally. So we started running alongside Hyde Park with our flip-flops flip-flopping and our full purses banging at our sides at about 7:45 in the morning. Everyone we passed acknowledged our ridiculousness. We were getting out of breath, and started realising exactly how huge Hyde Park is. We saw a bus heading in our direction, and jolted across the street to catch it. It dragged us down the street to Notting Hill Gate and we started running again towards where the buses were, praying the whole time. It turned out all the buses were still there, since many people had gotten screwed over by the tube being closed at Notting Hill.
The Royal Pavilion from the back
After catching our breath, we jumped on a bus and were off. We stopped at a rest stop to urinate, buy some Marks and Spencer’s pesto salad and unnecessary crisps, and see some ladies in extraordinary beautiful hats off to the horse races. We tried to take naps, but the ride wasn’t really that long.

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.
Ooh la la!
Also, it was a sunny day, and a Saturday, so probably everyone who lived in the area was pushing and shoving everyone else around on our way to the Pavilion.

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.
This thing looked so out of place...
So cool. There were a lot of Eastern influences in the art, but apparently it was all based on guesses since very few people had been over there. There were a BUNCH of other rooms with pianos, and sitting areas (again, big on parties) and secret passageways for the servants. SUPER cool. I totally recommend going if whoever is reading this has the opportunity. NOT to be missed.

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.
Nikki and I sharing a moment
Cool.

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.
Sweet guy in a banana costume
We didn’t find dinner because we ran out of time, but the area is very quaint to walk around in. I saw some drunken hippie dancing going on, which made me REALLY happy and really miss home. The whole beach community atmosphere was really making me homesick.

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.
Oh, how I missed seeing the beach...


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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YAAAAAY we finally made it on the …
YAAAAAY we finally made it on the…
Parade madness in Brighton
Parade madness in Brighton
The Royal Pavilion from the back
The Royal Pavilion from the back
Ooh la la!
Ooh la la!
This thing looked so out of place.…
This thing looked so out of place…
Nikki and I sharing a moment
Nikki and I sharing a moment
Sweet guy in a banana costume
Sweet guy in a banana costume
Oh, how I missed seeing the beach.…
Oh, how I missed seeing the beach…
Brighton Pier with rides galore (r…
Brighton Pier with rides galore (…
Enjoying the sun
Enjoying the sun
Eh... not as comfy as sand...
Eh... not as comfy as sand...
Chillin
Chillin'
Aww... this is our engagement phot…
Aww... this is our engagement pho…
World famous, apparently
World famous, apparently
yum yum ice cream
yum yum ice cream
The quaint streets of Brighton
The quaint streets of Brighton
One man band, hippie dancing at a …
One man band, hippie dancing at a…
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