Friday, April 13, 2012

Brighton!

Fen and I decided to stay a little local this Easter Holiday so we took a train to Brighton for a night and the kids absolutely loved it. I think the most exciting part of the entire trip was the hotel pool. Neither of them could get enough of it - so what if it was in the basement, too crowded and steamy - they are water babies!

The highlight of the trip for me was walking on the pebble beach. I don't know what it is about the ocean but I find it so soothing and peaceful. The day we arrived, we stepped on the train and headed to our hotel on the beach - the Thistle - to drop off our bags and then hit the town. It was rainy, windy and chilly so we thought we'd head to Sea Life, the aquarium - no such luck as it's closed for refurbishment until later in the month. So we hit the Royal Pavilion and wandered for a few hours - the kids actually enjoyed it as they had their own headsets and the rooms were so massive. The dining hall was amazing. Can't even imagine living in such splendour: the sample meal menu for one dinner party would feed us for an entire year! Fabulous.

Then we headed to the toy museum where the kids watched the trains for ages! I got bored quickly, as I'm not really into old dolls, etc. but they loved it.

We also had lunch at JB's diner - an American style diner. I had a milkshake, something I haven't had in YEARS! it was so decadent and delish but I had that stuffed to the gills, uncomfortable feeling for the rest of the afternoon! Will wait a few more years before I do that again!

The kids LOVED staying in the hotel. Here they are watching The Incredibles before bed in their jammies.
The next day the sun was out and we went a-walking - 28 miles to be exact (I had my pedometer on). We were up and down the beach, the boardwalk, the pier, through town.  The kids played at the playground, bounced on trampolines, were on numerous slides, rides, we had  lunch on the pier, they had fun on the kiddie roller coaster, we hit the Brighton Wheel, it was a full day before we headed back to the train and home.

We walked over 30 miles throughout London the next day seeing Borough Market, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, had lunch on the Thames, went to the London Eye but it was so mad and the line was enormous, we just had icecream across from Big Ben and the houses of Parliament before heading home.

And yesterday we went to Legoland and Windsor - a HUGE hit with the kids. Walked over 30 miles there too.

Enjoy the photos as I'm off to tackle the gigantic mound of laundry and then get back to work!








3 comments:

  1. The kids looked like they had a great time. Happy belated Easter!!

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  2. You must be exhausted after all that walking. Sounds like you all had a fabulous Easter. We may be taking Billy to Legoland on his birthday this month so looking forward to that.

    Lovely photos of the children xxx

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  3. this is the fantastic post thanks for sharing

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