Monday, May 6, 2013

Brighton, May 2013

We have friends visiting from Texas, so that means I've put on my tour director's cap. In addition to scoping out train times and nearest tube stops for places they want to visit in London, I'm also serving as chauffeur on daytrips to Brighton and Bath.

The weather was spectacular Friday when we set off in the car for the south coast of England, a trip of about 1.5 hrs. The sat nav cleverly directed us right to a parking garage a mere 20 minute stroll from the beaches.

Our first stop was at a shoe store these Texas ladies were keen to visit and boy was it an interesting find.

Some shoes were certainly tame enough to wear in the classroom when I return to teaching. Others were so beautifully outlandish that they were nothing less than conversation pieces. Believe it or not, most of the shoes were reasonably priced (£59-£89) and comfortable. The Texas gals promptly did their part to support the Brighton economy by purchasing a total of eight pairs of shoes in need of new homes. Truly a selfless act. 

We spent the remainder of the morning window shopping before stopping at a vegetarian restaurant for a very healthy lunch. Our Texas friends were really impressed with Brighton, its quaint British charm and quirky architecture.

The seaside was hopping with lots of folks out enjoying the lovely late spring weather, a mild temp in the low 60s and sunny skies. It makes for interesting pics since it's a pebble beach, not something you'll find along the Gulf of Mexico coastline back home. And the pier - super cute!

Armed with desserts from a visit to Choccywoccydoodah, famous for its television series filmed here in the UK, and Julien Plumart, who bakes delicious French macaroons...

we walked past the Royal Pavilion for a few pics before cruising down the road for a photo opp at Arundel Castle to round out the afternoon.

Built in the late 1700s, it has a decidedly Indian appearance from the outside. As you can see, the locals were enjoying the adjacent park for a lazy lounge in the afternoon sunshine.

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