On a particularly interesting day in April, my friends and I found ourselves in Brighton, a buzzing and endearingly eccentric city nestled along the coast of England.Brighton is a seaside town to the south of London that has quickly snagged a place on my favorite destinations list. I would say that Brighton is one of my favorite places in the U.K., next to London.
So on a rather rainy April day, we visited Brighton. Upon arriving, we had laid out our adventure for the day. With limited time and a lot to see, my friends and I rallied together and made sure we saw as much of the buzzing city as we could.
Our first stop was the Royal Pavilion, which is as grand as the name makes it sound. Upon first glance, it looks as if the Taj Mahal was re-built in England. It’s as ornate on the inside as it is on the outside, and I encourage anyone visiting Brighton to take a tour of the Pavilion.
As soon as our guided tour ended, we immediately went on the hunt for the famous Brighton Pier. With my friend Kirsten leading the way, we wandered until we found ourselves looking across at the Pier. Naturally, from the excitement, we darted across the busy street that stood between us and the seaside.
Having been in London and having visited Paris and Scotland all within a few weeks of each other, I was in need of some salt water. Yes, there are bodies of water located in all three of those places, but I’ve seen enough rivers and lakes to last me a lifetime now. Am I incredibly grateful that in a short time I’ve been able to see some of the most well-known rivers and lakes in the world? Of course! But every now and again I need some saltier water.
Within seconds we were on the famous pebble beach making our way as close to the ocean as we could. Words can’t describe how refreshing it was to be lightly splashed by the ocean waves and to inhale the salty sea air.
After having our fill of salt water, we made our way to the actual pier. Brighton Pier has quickly become one of my favorite places. It is, as cliché as it sounds, full of fun and games. We found ourselves munching on doughnuts, riding the nearest carousel (since we’re adults), and nibbling on some delicious fish and chips (because what better place to eat some than by the seaside!)
It didn’t take long, however, for us to return to the shore. We spent the afternoon soaking up the sun (which finally made an appearance), enjoying the remarkably warm weather and getting splashed by the ocean waves that we’re crashing along the shoreline.
With only a few hours to spend in Brighton left, we said goodbye the ocean front and made our way to The Lanes. The Lanes are a collection of tightly packed narrow streets full of eclectic shops. We wandered The Lanes collecting little Brighton themed treasures along the way. Eventually, our time in Brighton came to an end and it was time for us to head back to London.