seaside escape

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the British seaside

With my mummy visiting, I want to give her the full British/European experience. Her 2 week visit is a bit of a luxury for her and why not take advantage of it. With her third visit to London, I knew that the tourist sites were not something she was keen to revisit for a possible third time. I ended up prepping the trip way in advance with afternoon tea, spa days, a city break and a visit to another part of England.

The sun was out, it was warm enough to not wear sleeves, the Brit were all of a sudden bikini models and marathon runners. We hopped into a car and made our way straight to Brighton. For those of you who don’t know, it’s one of England’s seaside towns just a mere hour train ride away from London and a frequent roster of trains. It was like being transported back in time during the days of prohibition in New Jersey. There is a carnival, endless cheeky treats, and the beauty of the sea around you.
 

{seaside escape} via chevrons & éclairs
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what I wore

top JACK WILLS trousers c/o BODEN trench c/o BODEN sunnies RAY-BAN c/o SUNGLASS SHOP trainers SUPERGA c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE purse c/o COACH

We only wanted to spend part of the day there, so we walked over to the pier and immediately grabbed a try of cheesy chips as we were just slightly peckish. Once consumed, it was time to just meander through the people, watching the seagulls circle us from above, listening to the sounds of the carnival and enjoy the breeze from the sea.

We grabbed some blue and white striped chairs, sat down and just people watched for a bit taking in a nap under the very rare English sun. After a little afternoon snooze, we headed to the shops on the Lanes and perused northward towards the Royal Pavillion. Surrounding a mass of green space speckled with people participating in the afternoon shut-eye like we did were buildings that looked fairly misplaced as the round then pointed top windows were replicas of exteriors found in the Middle East or India.
 

{seaside escape} via chevrons & éclairs
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and from the seaside…

The little gardens and getting lost between the columns of the Royal Pavillion took much of our time and we ended up finding ourselves at V.I.P Pizza. A little gem in the area that not many people would assume would be the most wonderful pizza you will ever have outside the country of it’s origin.

With an indulgent dinner and some gelato to go, we headed back to the hustling city. And now packing for our European city break as I check-off “English seaside escape” from the “Mummy travel bucket list!”
 

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  • I’ve been to English seaside one summer, when I was visiting my bf in East Anglia and we went to Great Yarmouth. It’s much smaller that Brighton, but I think it has a similar vibe with extravagant pier architecture, typical seaside resort attractions and crowds of Brits in full vacation mode. It was a fun, though a bit quirky experience, and I keep wondering how does such a place look like in the dead of winter.

    • Oh I want to go to Great Yarmouth! I heard it is similar to Brighton as well, but not as crowded. This day was jam packed in Brighton haha. Everyone being marathon runners and all too. I have friends who go to brighton in the winter too and get colorful little shack photos… I’m curious to see what it’s like… stay tuned might be there in December now haha!

  • I’m so glad you’re taking this time to be with your mom. I know y’all are having the best time!

  • Paige Allison

    Bikini models and marathon runners! Hahaha! Still looks cold for my standards, but beautiful nonetheless. And I haven’t heard (or in this case, read) the word “peckish” in FOREVER! Thanks for a smile 🙂

    • HAHA! The brits use it all the time! It was actually very cold to me still too. My Indian-Floridian mom was struggling haha

  • I’ve been hearing more and more about Brighton and I would love to visit it next time I’m in England =o) Also my favorite trips are with my mom. There is something about going somewhere with her and just spending time together and not rushing off to see every historical landmark. I did a similar trip like your to Miami with my mom. We saw a few sights but mostly we just hung out by the beach catching up and taking in the sunshine =o) That made the trip so much more memorable =o)

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    • oh it’s amazing just for a day trip and the trains are so frequent! People even commute in and out of London from Brighton. Nice place to relax if it’s warm 🙂

  • Helen Thompson

    These photos make Brighton look like so gorgeous. I haven’t been in more than a decade. Hope your mum loved it. 🙂

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Your photos are always the best. I love your bikini models and marathon runner comparison, haha! So glad you had all this time with your mom!

  • Thefullcolorlife

    so cool! what an adventure!

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  • Samantha

    You always have such amazing travels! I never made it to Brighton when I was in England, but now I wish I did!!
    xx
    Samantha
    http://www.thenewyorkblonde.com

    • Thank you, Samantha! Brighton was so unexpected, I must admit. WE had the best time. You need to go down when you’re in the country next time. Just 40 minutes from London via train. Hit me up if/when you’re back! x