After Canterbury and Eastbourne, the seaside resort of Brighton is our third stop on our South England road trip. We have left behind the wonderful panorama views of the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and Seven Sisters and follow the A259 in the direction of the West.
In Brighton we also decided on a bed and breakfast, but one with a very special style! Snooze is quirky, funky and out of the box. The style of this house has yet to be invented. It is simply unique! On the walls hang loads of mirrors and a variety of signs, instead of a cupboard there are chains with hangers and the bathroom is tiled fully red. Despite the colorful mix, the room doesn’t look trashy but simply stylish.
A crazy hotel for a crazy place. So let’s go and explore Brighton, the “London by the Sea”. From Snooze we are by the water within 2 minutes and then walk on Marine Parade to the pier. With its 524 meters, it’s longer than the one in Eastbourne. Even from a distance we notice the flashing neon sign on the pier and the many rides. Overall Brighton is much larger and more urban than its neighboring Eastbourne.
For 8 pounds per person we go first on the Brighton Wheel to get a overview. From 50 meters up you have a beautiful and special view of the coast, the Pier and see how extensive Brighton is. We can also see the dome of the Royal Pavilion. From the speakers, we are provided with interesting information about the sights and the city.
Time for the pier. Here are plenty of food stalls, an arcade, and at the end are rides to be found. We buy ourselves fish and chips, sit on a park bench and watch the action. You can’t really compare the two seaside resorts. Those who like it quiet, drive to the tasteful Eastbourne; those who seek entertainment, go to the lively Brighton.
The next morning, another door opens in Snooze wonderland: the breakfast room. We decide on the Snooze B.L.T. Sandwich and scrambled eggs with toast and while we wait for our food, we try to discover all the fun details in the decor.
Along the sea, we go back towards the pier and beyond to The Lanes. In narrow and winding streets around the Meeting House Lane, small cafes, restaurants and shops are housed, in which jewelers, antique stores and fine boutiques are to be found. Those looking for something alternative and individual, should head to the district of North Laine (Bond Street, Gardner Street).
From The Lanes it is only a few strides to The Royal Pavilion. The magnificent building in an Indian style was once the residence of the Prince of Wales, George IV. You can view the interior of the palace. There are lots of works of art waiting, old furniture and a particularly impressive interior design. The long gallery is decorated in an Asian style with bamboo. In the sumptuous banquet facilities there is a 9-meter-long chandelier to admire. The tour takes about an hour and tickets cost 13.50 pounds, the Audio guide costs an additional 2 pounds. Unfortunately, there is only a picture of the entrance at the back, as currently on the front side, an ice rink was just built. Inside, cameras are not allowed.
Over the promenade we go back to the hotel and we say goodbye to Brighton. Here we could have easily stayed one or two days longer to explore more of the city, to visit one of the many gardens, to go to the Theater and to test a few good restaurants on Brighton Marina. We have, however, reserved tickets for Stonehenge and will spend our last night in Southampton, before stepping onto the cruise ship to Miami.
You can find out more information about Brighton on www.visitbrighton.com
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