We first visited Brighton in 2008 (we were pretty shocked when we worked that out!) for Pride, and loved it so much we got engaged there a few years later. When flight changes meant we lost a day of our Mexico honeymoon, we stayed in Brighton for the night instead! We spent Lauren's 30th there, and converted our Civil Partnership to marriage in Brighton Town Hall, so as you can probably tell, its a pretty special place to us!
So when we fund ourselves with three days off over bank holiday (rare in our jobs!), we decided it was a great excuse for a trip to Brighton. We have been pretty frazzled lately - my job that was pretty awful is now pretty lovely, Lauren is settling into a promotion in a career she started a year ago, and our baby is no longer a baby, but a talkative, energetic little boy. It seems to be the start of a new period for us, and whilst its lovely, we were definitely in need of a break to clear our heads.
The only problem was, with such short notice, most hotels and even Air BnB's were full. So we decided to try something a little different, and try a private room. This turned out to be a great idea, as our room turned out to be a large, beautiful bedroom with ensuite, fridge, and Nespresso machine, on the ground floor of a gorgeous Brighton townhouse. Although we were greeted by a couple of members of the family who lived there, we didn't see them for our whole stay, and had free parking - important in Brighton!
So on a very sunny Saturday morning, we drove down to Brighton, and spent the afternoon walking along the seafront, going for amazing vegan pizzas, and breathing in the atmosphere.
After working up an appetite from all that walking, we went for dinner at Purezza, a vegan pizza restaurant we visited on our last Brighton trip. They do the best pizza we have ever tried, and we have been looking forward to going back ever since last time!
After breakfast we spent a while wandering through the Laines and doing a bit of shopping. The Laines is such a beautiful, quirky interesting place, with something different around every corner, so we are often here for a while!
We had originally planned to go for Indian food for dinner, but on the drive down remembered a Sri Lankan restaurant in Hove called Moonstone, that we have visited several times. We decided to book a table there instead, and were glad we did! It's quiet, pretty, and the food is delicious. The staff are really wonderful too, despite them thinking Oskar was a girl! (And on a rare occasion he was dressed in blue, too!). We had a lovely evening, and it was strange but really nice to be thee with our son this time!
The next morning we went back to The Laines - another cute café, another amazing breakfast! (And how cute is the tea set?!)
After breakfast we went down to the beach, but had underestimated just how hot it was. I usually love the heat, but with all the parasols taken, it was too hot for all of us, and definitely too hot for a half English, half Danish toddler who was already covered in factor 50! So we decided to watch the sea from the street above. Before we left, Oskar had spotted the carousel, so Lauren took him for his first spin on it. I watched them, took pictures, and generally got quite emotional about watching my wife and son laughing on a carousel we had watched so many times throughout our relationship!
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