Day 3: Brighton Beach, LUSH, & Delivery

1 Aug

Lauren and I were so enthused and excited from Monday that it took us a while to go to sleep, but we drug ourselves out of bed on just 3 hours sleep to catch our 10:00 train to Brighton Beach. Hence, the need for this, which I picked up at the local Boots Drugstore near our hotel.

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We took the tube to Victoria (think Grand Central Station in NYC). We boarded our train to carry us into Brighton. It was just under an hour ride and once in the city, we bought a £1.50 bus ticket to take us to the pier.

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Once there, we went to this restaurant called Harvester.

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Lauren had yet to try fish and chips on the trip so she finally got to experience this traditional English meal. She loved the fish, which is a cod fish battered in vinegar and this particular restaurant had parsley added into it, fried golden brown and served with chips (fries) and mushy peas, which she didn’t care for!

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I ordered a vegetable goat cheese and Brie roast ( vegetable patty with cheese on top), buttered potatoes, and English peas.

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After lunch we walked on the pier, which was like Coney Island with its amusement park rides, arcade games, traditional fair-type foods (fish and chips, doughnuts, crepes, ice cream, coffee and tea).

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We rode bumper cars and I rode the Horror House ride by myself, Lauren was too chicken. ;).

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We accidentally got on the wrong bus to take us back into the city (right bus #, wrong direction). We finally got back to the main bus station and had to buy our return train tickets to the city on the 3:49 departure train.

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Brighton was neat, with its coastal flare, quaint shops, and pebble beach (no sand). However, due to our lack of time and dreary cold weather on Tuesday, we both felt we probably could’ve used that day to explore more in London. But we enjoyed seeing another part of England.

Once back in Victoria Station, we knew what would make the day complete: LUSH! We shopped a good 45 minutes in this organic bath and body shop. I first discovered LUSH on my first trip to London back in 2005. Lauren and I have been in love with it ever since with its bath bombs, lotions, makeup, shampoos, and soaps. Once we got our LUSH on we knew our day wasn’t complete until we got our yogurt fix.

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A trip back to Frae in Notting Hill to sample more natural frozen yogurt was perfect, but we were in the heart of rush hour on the tube so it took a while to get there and it was wall to wall people on the train, but well worth it! We decided to walk back to our hotel from Notting Hill. On the way back we saw a restaurant called The Diana Cafe. It was small but was covered in pictures of the late beloved princess.
Later in the evening after a brief rest, I went to Whitely’s Mall a block away and did some shopping at Marks & Spencer and some other stores. I found the cute little Olympic suitcase I used last week in the blog when I talked about packing! A little under £40!

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Around 8:00 we realized we needed a bite of dinner. Our friendly hotel staff gladly recommended a good pizza place and ordered it or us. We were eating garlic bread, Napoli pizza (anchovies, olives, capers, and goat cheese), and tiramisu in under 20 minutes! It was delicious and we saved the tiramisu for the next day. Yummy!

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On a side note, one observation we both are just in awe of and find humorous is that the children here are “illy disciplined.” A boy on the train that couldn’t be more than 5 or 6 got in a quarrel with his friend and loudly exclaimed, “Go back to your $&@& seat!” and his mum thought nothing of it! While we were eating at Tinseltown, a boy sitting across from us, age 7, was sitting under a picture of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and loudly exclaimed “I hate that &@!$?#%!” Again, his mother said nothing. We are both shaking our heads at this one! Lol!

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That’s all! We will work on day 4 blog later tonight. It’s been a good day at Wimbledon! Cheerio!
2SATP

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3 Responses to “Day 3: Brighton Beach, LUSH, & Delivery”

  1. Kristi & John August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    We’ve been anticipating your blog all day and you did not disappoint. What a great recap! Uncle John says that Meryl Streep would be proud of Lauren’s pic (with the sunshades). As for the children, well…doesn’t that say a lot about your mum’s terrific parenting? Kudos to her and to you two for turning out so well.

  2. susan sanders August 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    i am enjoying this trip to London through your eyes! and I agree with Kristi and John……you have terrific parents and you girls are the best!

    • 2sistersacrossthepond August 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Susan, thanks for reading the blog and for sending such sweet comments our way! It helped us to feel close to home, good to be back now, too! Great trip though! You would have been proud of our 12 mile walk on Monday!

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