London Journal – Thursday, October 9, 2008

There is something relaxing about a sunny day at the seashore. That was our experience today.

I did my “office” work in our hotel room early today, and then we took the train to Brighton, a seaside resort located a 50-minute ride south of London. What a carefree way to travel! Clean cars, a table between two facing seats, and beautiful views of the backsides of towns as well as a look at the rolling countryside, which is very much like the rural parts of Pennsylvania.

In Brighton as we walked downhill through town, unusual mannikins in a store window caught our attention.

When we reached the Pier, we sat in the sun on canvas-sling deck chairs, enjoying the carousel music playing just behind us. Here views of and from the Pier.

One of the main attractions in Brighton is the Royal Pavilion, built in the late 1700s and early 1800s by the Prince of Wales, who became George IV in 1820. He started with a simple farmhouse and had it expanded over a period of 35 years into a spectacular palace by 1823. It is a blend of styles, Indian on the outside and Chinese on the inside.

The Banqueting Hall is lavish and unforgettable, boasting a magnificent giant chandelier suspended from the domed ceiling in a chain held in the claws of a metal dragon. We were not allowed to take photos inside the building, so you will just have to use your imagination.

We enjoyed tea and scones on an upper level terrace.

You might consider a visit to Brighton on your next trip to England.

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