On Friday, once we finally woke up and got going, we took the hour-long train ride south of London to Brighton. Brighton is a seaside town with a pebbly beach along the Channel in between England and France. It was quite lovely, a nice change from London, with lots of unique shops and restaurants.
The Channel and the pebbly beach
My little piggies took a quick dip in the Channel!
Brighton is also home to the Royal Pavillion, a former royal home built for King George IV in the early 1800s. It's built in an Indian style and even served as an Indian military hospital from 1914-1916.
For lunch we went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The menu was World Cup themed since all of the United Kingdom is crazy about soccer.
I got the Wellington burger - cooked medium rare and served with a mushroom-horseradish sauce, tomato jam, and rocket (arugula). Tasty!
After walking around for hours, looking around gardens and neighborhoods and visiting boutiques, we stopped at an old pub, Ye Old King and Queen, and watched some of the France-Uruguay World Cup match.
Yann and Kristi
We made friends after inquiring about a pink beer one of these guys was drinking, which turned out to be a delicious berry cider made in Sweden. They asked us questions about Barack Obama and American basketball.
The infamous pink beer...aka mixed berry cider
All in all, a good day, but my feet definitely hurt by the time we caught the train back to London!