Our two dissatisfied moaners, who have complained constantly, have decided to stay and not demand a move to the Brighton hotel- surprise- surprise, ‘as it would be too much hassle!’ I’m sure that it had nothing to do with the Brighton hotel being more expensive!
I spoke to the driver before we set off on our first day trip and he commented that all he needed to complete his day was a tin helmet and flak jacket! He had obviously been attacked by Mona and Minnie!
However, the sunshine greeted us and followed us all the way to Brighton where I fulfilled one visit from my wish list; The Royal Pavilion.’
It was magical from the outside full of domes, spires, columns and curly-cues! Just as I had imagined it. Inside the decoration and furniture found in the banquet hall and music rooms in particular were well worth the entrance fee with a chandelier that was simply exquisite!
As a fan of the regency period it was everything I had expected it to be.
But the Pavilion wasn’t the only attraction that we went to see. The iconic Brighton Pier was, to be honest, nothing overly special. Yes it did have attractions, restaurants, deck chairs but it didn’t over shadow any other piers to be found in places like Weston Super-Mare, Blackpool and St Anne’s.
The famous pebbly beach was at first impressive but then, when you looked at Eastbourne and Worthing beaches, they were just the same; so its uniqueness was lost. However, I did wish that I had a giant bucket so that I could collect as many of the pebbles as I could, so that I could take them home for my garden. The pebbles were fascinating with all those different colours, shapes and sizes! Unfortunately I didn’t!
The beach area was busy on the day that we visited Brighton and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying the traditional seaside entertainments such as deckchairs, swimming in cold water, toe dippers and I’m glad to say ladies of the Islam faith freely relaxing in the sun and paddling in the sea wearing their traditional dress.
I watched a Punch and Judy show, which brought back happy childhood memories and there were souvenir stalls and fish and chip outlets galore.
To finish off our day, my lovely husband and I walked down to the British Airways i360 Sky Tower, queued up and enjoyed an aerial ride up to 450ft to see panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.
We arrived back at the coach to be greeted by Mona and Minnie who had smiles on their faces as they had been assured that there would be a chef working in the kitchen tonight and that we would be given a freshly cooked evening meal. We couldn’t wait!
Thought for the day: Be careful what you wish for!