The Congress Hotel
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We then drove to Hastings which is located on the Coast and where William the Conqueror landed. However, we came to Hastings to visit St Clements Caves also known as Smugglers Cove. Smugglers Cove was used in the 1700s during a period of high taxes in England to smuggle in tea and other goods into England. It was also used in the 1940s as air-raid shelters during WWII. During excavations in the 1820s, numerous skeletal remains were located, so ...
... and I took the bags to the hotel, Holiday Inn Express out by the airport. Found the bus - toot 30 - 40 minutes to get there, booked in and back again to town to meet Lew Wandered around, found the Kiwi bar - had drink there but they did not serve food so went to the Prince Of Wales pub which is a weatherspoon bar with good cheap food, found out when we ordered that we got free drinks too! Out to the hotel on the bus. Lots in town to see the ...
... and its famous seaside pavilions where we find a lovely English Hotel to stay at called New Wilmington. Parking, being at the premium it is this time of the year in seaside England, means we need some sort of parking permit and can you believe they give us this scratchie-like ticket where you scratch out the date and day you park on the street : quite inventive.
Phew - long day - time for bed!
... when one is trained to do this, you are back home and one almost feels guilty in now throwing it down the loo.
It is a real treat to be met at the airport, with big smiles to boot, so mega thanks go to R&G once again.
Although we had only been away for 8 days, it actually felt like double that.
We had seen some very interesting sights, and met some people I would like to meet again, which has to be good. Maybe I even ...
We caught the train just after 9am down to Brighton with Dougal. As we were waiting for the train at Clapham Junction we bumped into Kris Bird, our friend from Tauranga who lives here now. Small world! He was also heading down to Brighton for work so we had a good chat to him on the train. When we got to Brighton, we said goodbye to Kris and the three of us walked down to the beach and parked ourselves at a cafe for a coffee. It was very pleasant. Then we ...