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October 14th, 2009
A Brighton Monday

So you know that palaver every Eid where you don’t know what day it will be and you feel like a right tit explaining to your boss why you might have to take Monday off but then again you might not? Well this Eid that worked out well for me.

Eid may have been on Sunday or Monday so I booked the Monday off work anyway. It ended up being Eid on Sunday so we drove down to Brighton that night and spent all of Monday cycling around the most bike friendly place I’ve been to. (By “we” I mean me and husband, Sol. By the way, have you met Sol? Say hi everyone.) I’m not sure how many miles we ended up cycling but according to my bum, it was quite a lot. This was also our first time cycling on roads, with other much scarier vehicles so hooray for us. Plus, just days before Sol had surprised me with a basket for my bike and this was great for carting around my camera.

I’ve been to Brighton many times before (see Flickr sets from 2005 and 2006) but each time I visit I enjoy it as much as the last, if not more.

Lowlights: There weren’t many. Only that the hotel we stayed at on Sunday night stank like a pet store. Take note Travelodge Brighton Seafront. Also, I guess I could count seeing an old man’s junk as a lowlight but it served us right for sitting on the border of a nudist beach.


Highlights: The Lanes are a great place to explore but of course navigating a bike around the tight corners isn’t really ideal. We chained ours up and explored the area, stopping off for lunch at Henny’s in Brighton Square and then buying some amazing cupcakes from Angel Food Bakery. They were the best cupcakes I’ve ever had (even if they were a bit squished by the time we ate them) and I’ve recently been to Magnolia in New York so that’s saying something.


In the olden days (2005) we would have at some stage popped into a random fish restaurant for dinner and then moaned about the sub-standard service and food. But this is 2009! So we Googled the best fish restaurant on the BlackBerry and then cycled over to Bankers for fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce. It was well worth the Googling I tell ya. We also happened upon Octopus stores, the same chain as Pylones that I had seen in New York except this one was much cheaper than the one over there. I ended up buying these bad boys.

By the time the sun set, we had purposefully made our way to the old burnt out pier as I thought it would set the scene perfectly for some good pictures. I wasn’t disappointed and took a bagillion photos as the sun set rather rapidly. We grabbed some fresh hot doughnuts and then made our way home. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.


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