Brighton for One Night

Trip Start Aug 26, 2008
Trip End Aug 17, 2009

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wanting to see a bit of the English countryside and get out of London for a day, we headed to Brighton.

It was a cool rainy day when we left from the Kensal Green station on our way to the Victoria station. We missed our train and were worried we would be late for the trip to Brighton, but it turns out that you needn't be at the station any more than 10 minutes ahead of time as that is when they assign the train to a track in the depot and allow you to board.

The ride to Brighton was pretty in a dreary way as it was raining steadily. The smooth gentle roar of the train car was soothing enough to put one to sleep, though we didn't.

Upon arriving in Brighton, we trudged through the wet and blustery seaside city with rain ponchos covering our backpacks. We found a place to stay fairly quickly--since we were given good motivation--and unloaded our packs before venturing out to brave the weather.

Brighton pier is a series of carnival food stalls and arcades. The sea is proably usually fairly flat and calm, but the wind had put a 2-3' chop on it and stirred it up into a real mess.

Within the city itself we found the overdone Royal Pavillion as well as the eclectic North Lanes. We occupied our time browsing the shops and later searching for a nice warm pub in which to shelter from the elements.

After a restful night, we re-visited the pier and the Lanes, picking up some souvieners and immediately shipping them home. We did our best to lighten our packs by donating some clothing and sandals to an Oxfam thrift store in exchange for packing materials.

Back on the train to London, we did fall asleep.

Our last evening in London was spent dealing with a massively confused overground rail system which had been upset by flooding. After circling around a bit, we finally made it to our destination and settled in for the night, having the opportunity to make a brief update to our travel blog.
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dolphinsurfer on

are those waves I see in Brighton?
I think I may spy a small swell in that one picture. Very small, like hermit-crab size, but a swell none-the-less!!!!



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