Sunday, October 28, 2012

Brighton 21st Oct 2012

This one will be slightly shorter than the last as we, Brittany and I, only spent a half day in Brighton.  It's only about 1.5 hours or so by direct train, which is nice.  The day we picked was grey, chilly and slightly rainy.  However, I liked Brighton, it's a nice little town, much like Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, but with a little bit of carnival thrown in, like from Atlantic City/Ocean City, etc... with the boardwalk atmosphere.

The first thing we did was walk down from the train station along the water to try and find the Royal Pavilion which was the main reason we went down there in the first place.  We wandered by the pier and finally turned around and headed into the town part.  This is where the Martha Vineyard/Nantucket aspect comes in as they're old buildings with old and new shops in them, along with pubs, restaurants, hotels, b&bs, etc... There was a Nordic bar/restaurant on the same street as a Baby Gap- just a few doors down.  A nice mix of old and new.

The Royal Pavilion is really cool. It was built in the early 1800s for George IV as a getaway from London.  You aren't allowed to take pictures inside, so this is the link to its website: 

The inside looked like it came out of a China/India/Asia hybrid.  There were dragons, bamboo, red and gold wallpapers, oriental drawings and decorations, and, as always in a palace, wonderfully outfitted rooms to just look at in awe.  The Indian aspect comes from the architecture of the building itself, it kind of looks like a miniature Taj Mahal, because of the way the domes were, which I guess doesn't really mean it looks like it, that was only a helpful guide, as it is white stone with the dome that is associate with the Taj Mahal.

That tour took about 45min (We walked fast and didn't take the audio guides), and afterwards we walked down to the Pier where I proceeded to lose about 4 pounds to the multitude of arcade and carnival games that were present.  They had the classic ones like trying to knock the cans off, and everything.  I almost won the game where you had the roll balls through different colors to make the dolphin move, but some kids dropped his ball and I accidentally kicked it while trying to move it closer to his mom, so I gave him one of mine. (she replaced it with the one he dropped and thanked me).  oh well.  Inside the buildings on the pier it's like 1000 types of 1 game.  The one you see at places like Chuck E. Cheese's where you drop a coin in and it rolls down to the ledge and gets pushed off onto another ledge and all the coins are hanging off the end and you keep putting coins in waiting for all of them to come down?  Yeah....  oh well, you played with 2p coins that you could get from a machine- I didn't realize this at first when I put a pound coin in and 50 coins started pouring out into the slot.  That's about all we did, Brittany watched as I lost money, and then we walked around the pier to look at the different rides and attractions, watched the crazy seagulls divebomb a couple of people for their food, and then we went to JB's Diner for dinner because it was an American diner.

Well we both ordered milkshakes , she got banana and I got mint chocolate chips.!   We also ordered southern fried chicken fingers.... the first time they came out it looked like grilled chicken wings so we sent it back.  The second time it was right , but they looked like Burger king's chicken fries...which doesn't mean they were mad, just not even close to what I was expecting.  They were actually pretty good! The cheesy fries not so much.  And then we went to the train station, began making plans for Thanksgiving- mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, and apple pie.  We think it sounds good!

All in all a good day and a good end to a pretty fun weekend!

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