Sun, stones (not sand), and so many seagulls!

Trip Start Oct 28, 2010
Trip End Nov 04, 2012

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Some might say that summer is the time to visit Brighton.  The problem we have, is that so many people say, and do, just that!  We felt that a jaunt down to Brighton on a sunny, if cold, autumn day was more our style. 
Brighton is somewhere we really wanted to visit, as a quintessential English seaside town.  And we found it just as we expected - stony beach, overpriced greasy fish-and-chips, lots of amusements (funny to think that in NZ, the beaches are amusement enough!), and lots of people!  Although as it was out of season, at least three-quarters of the shops (most of which seem to sell icecream) along the beachfront were shut up - still, there was definitely enough happening to get the "feel" of the place.

We went "shopping" in the Lanes where we bought quite a lot of fudge, and discovered the most amazing designer dog-wear and costume shop!  If you have never seen a French Bulldog "persuaded" into a frog costume, you are missing out!  In the "cultural quarter" the Royal Pavilion looked interesting, but we are a bit "palaced-out" and anyway it was too nice a day to spend indoors!

There are a LOT of seagulls in Brighton.  BIG seagulls, who were very interested in the greasy fish-and-chips we had a cafe on the beach for lunch!  It was actually quite amusing watching them squabbling for territory and the crumbs from the diners.  

We had a great time on the pier - Andrew, gentleman-like, won Corinna a stuffed toy!  Although quite a lot of the rides were closed for maintenance, we went on the most terrifying one - the video attached (not of us, of course) does not do justice to how scary it was!   

An icecream is, of course, essential when on the beach and even though it was really a bit cold for icecream we braved it!  It was lovely to stroll along the beach, and the waves (which break really close to shore) were suitably soothing. 

After watching the sunset on the beach (at about 4pm!) we decided to call it a day...  it was a lovely relaxing day out, and definitely worth the visit.   
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