London – Day 84

Friday – Happy Birthday DAD!!!

Today was a great day, and probably because it is my Dad’s birthday.

My class took a day trip to Brighton to see the architecture of the town and the Royal Pavilion. The train from Victoria Station takes less than an hour (aka less time than it took me to get from my apartment to work in DC…in the same city). The town is small, hilly, right on the water and all around awesome. My class took a walking tour through the town to look at the Regency Architecture, we had a lunch break where we went to Harry Ramsden’s which is famous for fish and chips, and then toured the Pavilion. Our train tickets were open ended so we could come back whenever we wanted. I was so happy to see the water, and smell the salty air. The walking tour was great – we saw where Margaret Thatcher almost got bombed in the hotel, we saw the promenade, the Town Hall, the pier and also the Laines. The Pavilion was very interesting – another building that took inspiration from the East both in its exterior and interiors. And with the extra time after a few of us wandered the laines to look in the shops before heading back to rainy London!

Brighton Train Station

Brighton Train Station

Mint! Hot Chocolate and a Croissant with a view

Mint! Hot Chocolate and a Croissant with a view

I obviously had to touch the water

I obviously had to touch the water

The old pier

The old pier

Hotel where Tatcher was almost bombed

Hotel where Tatcher was almost bombed

Ferris Wheel view from the Pier

Ferris Wheel view from the Pier

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion

Bonus Photos from Marni!

On the Brighton Pier

On the Brighton Pier

Running out to the water - I was that happy!

Running out to the water – I was that happy!

 

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