Saturday was our first really knock around town vacation day. Did I mention Brighton is a beach? All I’ve been saying for the past few years is that I just want to go on a vacation at the beach. Well, it’s not exactly the same as the beaches at home, but our room is ocean front. The water is a beautiful emerald green. It’s been chilly, but not cold—jeans and t-shirt kind of weather. Oh, and it’s been windy. In fact, I think it is more windy here than in Nebraska. (Yes, really!) More images have been uploaded into the gallery.
Today, after our traditional English breakfast (which I totally love—beans on toast, eggs and stewed tomatoes) we went walking on the pier. We also tried to find a place to watch Quali, but didn’t have much luck. Most bars/pubs were watching Wimbledon or soccer. We finally found one place, but it was a “child free” zone. Brighton is kind of like that. The signs read “Gay and Straight Friendly. Child Free Zone.” Bah! We caught the last few minutes at our hotel bar. Hamilton is on pole. Tomorrow is going to be awesome!
We met Tanuj for lunch and had fish and chips on The Pier, then went over to check out his hotel: The Square. It’s really nice and we were planning to stay there, but the rooms would have just been too small with Bella. (We’re staying at the Queens Hotel and have a really nice, big room.)
We hung out in the park for awhile, but Bella was tired. It was time for her nap. We decided we would all nap.
We were on our own for dinner and sat outside at Fat Leo on The Lanes, shared a bottle of merlot and people watched. (Just T and I shared the bottle, in case you were wondering.) We think Brighton is the bachelor/bachelorette party center of England. Folks get crazy dressed up for their “Stag” and “Hen” parties. It was free entertainment for the evening. Well, for us it was. Bella was quite content entertaining herself by feeding T her rice puffs.
Tomorrow is Sunday and we’ll be driving to London. Hopefully we’ll make it there in time to find a fun place to watch the race.