Saturday, December 05, 2015

My Trip To Brighton | Day 1

Last weekend I hopped on a train and set off to Brighton. This was my first trip further away than the next city in quite some time. It was also the first time I had stayed away overnight, on my own, somewhere that wasn't a friend's house. So for me it was a big step, and I was very excited!


I arrived at lunch time, and after dropping my bags at my hotel I went straight down to the beach. The tide was coming in, bringing a storm with it. The waves were lashing at the beach and anything else in their path, and the wind was whipping sea spray into the air. It seemed like it was raining, but the rain was falling sea water. I licked my lips and they tasted like salt. Witnessing the sea's immense power was strangely invigorating.


After it became clear that I risked being blown away if I stayed on the seafront, I decided to take a wander through town. I followed a few side streets, with little sense of where I was heading, and ended up in Pavilion Gardens, a lovely little park which surrounds the Royal Pavilion. With the fantastical Pavilion peeking through the trees, friendly squirrels and plump pigeons roaming about, some decidedly Narnia-esque street lights lining the path, and the beautiful music of a saxophone and a mbira floating through the air (courtesy of some very talented buskers) I wondered if I had stumbled into a fairy tale land.


I checked into my hotel room and made use of the full length mirror to take some tired and blurry selfies. I had dressed appropriately for a visit to a seaside town, with a crown of seashells, a seashell shaped locket necklace, and sea greens and blues in my clothing. After a cup of tea and a sojourn on the internet, I was ready to hit the streets once more. 


By this point it was dark, so I decided it was a good time to do some shopping, without wasting daylight hours. Finding the shops I wanted to visit was also a good way of getting my bearings and learning the street names. I also got some chips, because chips are pretty much compulsory when you're at the seaside, and ate them while admiring all the pretty fairy lights.


Walking back through Pavilion Gardens again, I was delighted to see that the Royal Pavilion was illuminated with coloured lights! It looked so magical. 


After another brief pitstop at my hotel, it was time to bundle up again and head back out into the cold, this time to go swimming-at a pool, not in the very cold and stormy sea! 


After swimming I wandered back along the seafront, before going back to my room and finally collapsing into bed, tired but happy and looking forward to the next day.

2 comments:

  1. It is always exciting to do something completely new. I have never been to Brighton either but it looks like a fantastic place to visit.

    I am glad to see that you had some nice warm outfits - are you wearing trousers? I don't think I've seen you in trousers before.

    Rebecca

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  2. Looks like you had a lovely time in Brighton, I seriously love your sense of style Polly - it's very similar to mine - your hat in the last photo is lovely! Love the shots of the different building all lit up at night too. - Tasha

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