As I am writing this, we were supposed to be in Portugal for a last bit of sunshine before we officially call it Autumn and start putting the heating on. However due to a number of different reasons we sadly had to postpone our break away. With a house still turned upside down from our bathroom renovation, my little sister and I decided at the last minute to go away for a couple of nights in Brighton with my girls.
If I could live anywhere else in the UK, I think it would be Brighton. I don't know what it is, most probably the combination of the seaside, the culture and the amazing shops, I just love it. Anna my sister, hadn't been before, so we waved goodbye to Mr E and set off on our journey. We booked a last minute room at the Queens Hotel over looking the sea front, and were excited to see when we arrived that we had an amazing view of the pier and the beach. Although the decor was traditionally 'British seaside (i.e a little tired), the room was large, comfy and in the most perfect location.
We had a fantastic time. We ate far too much, relishing in lots of sweet treats, hotel breakfasts and lunch and dinner out. We spent far too much money, but it was worth it, as the four of us had lots of fun and relished the rare opportunity of undivided sister time. Anna is ten years younger than me, whether it's the fact that she is mature, (or I am immature!) or the fact that we have the exact same sense of humour- but we get on great.
We did the traditional seaside thing of going on the pier, riding the Brighton wheel, walking and skimming stones on the beach and wandering round the gorgeous Lanes area. (shoppers paradise!) We made lots of memories and were all sad to come home, although we missed Mr E! We will definitely go away together again soon, I am surprised we haven't done it sooner.
Here is rather a lot of photos and a little video of our sister time in Brighton...
When we got there on the Sunday evening we went down to the beach- the light was beautiful and the girls spent a good half an hour just playing with the stones. As you do.
Beautiful light- it was lovely watching the sun go down on the beach.
Slightly messy beach hair.
Still playing with stones.
Just one more, I can't get enough of this light clearly.
Yay for the Brighton deckchairs.
Loving the girly sleepover! We went out to dinner late the first night and then I decided they could stay up later still so I could watch X Factor- Big mistake as they were so grumpy the following morning and we had to go back to the hotel halfway through the day so they could nap!
The Lanes area of Brighton is a pedestrian only zone and these two loved running around there together causing mischief.
Stopping for a little snack- shopping is hard work ya know.
We stopped off at a little cake shop called Cloud 9, which was gorgeous. Mads had the most amazing rainbow cake, while the rest of us had cupcakes which were equally delicious.
My beautiful girly walking along the pier with her balloon.
Such a cutie and growing up so quickly.
My sister took this one of myself and Mads and I just love it so much. I normally hate photos of myself but this one makes me so proud I have such a gorgeous little lady.
You can't go to the seaside without visting some beach huts.
Lovely beach huts.
Cheeky smiles while chilling on the pier deckchairs.
We did the typical tourist thing and went on the Brighton wheel- the girls loved it.
Posing on the pier.
A last final walk on the beach and some donuts to share!
And here is a little video of our time in Brighton...