Yesterday I went to Brighton for the first time in ageeeees with my boyfriend, Paul.
We got off the train & crept into a side passage to get away from the crowds. It turned out this passage was the beginning of North Laine - an area famous for its unique & vibrant boutiques. We looked into a few shops but quickly headed towards the food shops, for a beach picnic.
(p.s. how awesome are those balloons?)
The beach was packed but perfect, it was cool but sunny & as it was a pebble beach, our food remained intact, bliss.
There were even a few brave people out swimming despite the water being freeeezing.
After lunch we made our way to the famous pier...
It was so lively & so much was going on. The rides looked good although we didn't go on any (this time...).
There were also hundreds of 2p, 10p & various other machines inside the arcades.
Our next destination was a very pretty park Paul had heard of, so we set out searching...
On our way we found this fountain which had apparently been adopted as a bird bath:
The park was gorgeous! Filled with flowers & trees and there was a beautiful building in the centre (The Pavillion).
After a fair bit of roaming around & taking photos of all the pretty flowers, we found a lovely spot in the shade close to a man playing music in the park.
It was loooovely! I would describe Brighton as Covent Garden by the Sea (hence the title) It has all the lively street artists & independant shops London has on a slightly smaller scale, and with a sea next door - hooray!
I have a few more photos of the day ready for my next post too! Dun dun dunnn...
(I'm off to Paris now woohoooooooo!!)