Beautifully Lost Weekend - Brighton

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dreaming of sunny weekends by the beach...

I've been terrible. It's been a while since my trip to Brighton and I haven't managed to blog about it! This weekend's sunshine inspired me to pull my finger out and get it up on the blog.

Prior to this (slightly) spontaneous road trip, I hadn't been to Brighton since I was a young girl. My memories are happy ones; homemade sandwiches on the pebbled beach and running into the sea before realising it was freezing cold!

This time, I saw a different side to the area, one I haven't experienced before. We started off with the perfect breakfast at a lovely vintage tea room called Blackbird Tea Rooms. We walked around for ages before coming across this place, and it was exactly what I was looking for. There are some real gems in Brighton, so it's worth taking the time to look for them amongst the greasy spoon cafes and cheap touristy places. I had the smashed avo with feta on sourdough bread, and it was delicious. Not only did it taste good, it was so beautifully presented! I definitely recommend this place, it's lovely.

We took a stroll down The Lanes as we headed toward the beach. The Lanes are a series of.. well... lanes, which are home to many different stores and boutiques. Some high street names and some independent shops. Bakeries, vintage stores and of course the jewellery stores are just some of the things you can find here. It's a great way to spend some time, roaming through the various passage ways and discovering something new at the end of each one.

Then it was on to Brighton Pier. We made our way grabbing some freshly made churros and a Slush Puppie! Through the arcades and out into the amusement park. I obviously had to ride the Ghost Train, totally lame and not the slightest bit scary, but that's what makes it fun! The pier is great and looks amazing at night too.

At the end of the day as we walked back towards The Lanes, we decided to walk through Pavilion Gardens, an adorable park with lots of flowers. The very pretty Brighton Museum and Art Gallery building can also be found here (pictured below). The park was full of families and students relaxing in the evening, listening to music and hanging out. We could hear a steel drum playing in the distance somewhere, which really got the summer mood going. We later walked round to discover they were a duo called Steel Strum and had pulled in a massive crowd who where clapping and dancing along to their music. They played some really cool cover songs which we sang along to as we made our way back to the car.

We reluctantly headed home after such a great day. Sometimes it's nice to get away from the craziness of the city and head out towards the coast. I will definitely be doing more of it in the future!

Check out the pictures below:

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