Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

We arrived in Brighton around 10.30, had coffee and a toasted teacake, then went and found the lanes. The lanes are an intricate maze of cobbled streets full of quirky shops and numerous places to eat and drink. We ambled around for a while, then stumbled upon a fair trade market, so we went in.  There were some beautiful things in there from all round the world - I bought some earrings from Kenya and we spoke to the woman behind the stall about Kenya as she is going to the village where all these things are made at the end of August.  We ended up spending all morning round this area, weaving our way round the alleyways and looking at various markets.
By lunchtime we were back down by the seafront, so we went into a restaurant along the front for some lunch and then took a stroll along the beach.
The most imposing building in Brighton is Brighton Pavilion.  It is extremely difficult to describe this exactly - only to say that the building itself and the design within it are totally awesome. You have to pay to go inside, but it's worth every penny. The architecture outside is of Indian appearance but it has opulent Chinese interiors.  What is it?  Well, its King George IV's former seaside residence. When he died it was left to Queen Victoria, who decided it was too close to the public, so she sold it to Brighton town - Brighton and Hove town council still own it today.
There is a huge banqueting hall inside with the most ornate chandelier - it actually weighs a ton and is hung from the ceiling by an enormous dragon which grips it in its claws.  There are some very strong and vibrant colours throughout and some wonderful and elaborate designs. Photographs or seeing if for yourself are the two best ways to illustrate it, but you are not allowed to take photos inside. We spent quite a while here walking around the outside of it. They have an audio tour you can take round with you, so once inside each room, you press the relevant room number and get a detailed description of the room and its previous uses.
Next we walk into the park and sit at an outdoor café where I have a delicious banana, mango and pineapple smoothie.  Afterwards we take a stroll out along to the end of the pier where we watch people attempting to stay on a bucking bronco - one girl managed 30 seconds after a few attempts  - there was some poor bloke there who was determined to beat her, but never actually managed to stay on for more than 5 seconds at a time - much to the amusement of his friends!!
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starlagurl on

Too bad you couldn't take pictures...I would've liked to see that dragon.

Louise Brown
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