Our Jolly Days in Brighton
We were brave enough to step outside of our beloved London again. And in a one-hour train drive, we got to the beautiful beach city of Brighton.
A little bit of Brighton history:
Brighton began as a small Saxon village. It was once called Beorthelm's tun (Beorthelm's farm or village).
Fishermen and farmers use to live together in Brighton. The Fishermen lived under the cliff on the shore and the farmers lived above the cliff.
The first aquarium in the world established in Brighton in 1872 and was rebuilt in 1929.
The west pier collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002. Then, two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure. Subsequently, English heritage declared it to be beyond repair. The pier that is existing nowadays is the palace pier.
When we stood on the palace pier we could see the ruins of the old west pier.
What did we do in Brighton?
We wandered through the Lanes, watching the unique boutique stores. The lanes are super special and have nice colorful walls and plenty of quirky coffee shops.
The lanes were preserved even after world war II bombing and the storms that destroyed meaningful parts of Brighton.
We spend a full and rainy day at the palace pier, which turned out the most fun place for kids and childish adults like me.
The pier has funfair and tearooms with the stunning scenery of the British channel all around, and the cute yet aggressive seagulls that will snatch your snacks in a blink of an eye.
On a brighter day we traveled along the Pavilion gardens.
We stayed in a nice Airbnb along with two friendly cats. I really like it when you get the cats for free ;)
I reckon that my kid liked these days in Brighton more than any other part of our trip.