Skip to main content

Little Brighton Belle

DAY 65-67
We are off to see my Brighton Belle today at her new University in Sussex. For this special trip I've hired a flash new car - a Fiat 500. They have great marketing for this car:
'Unmistakably Italien, undeniably you'...
And even 'The Happiest small car'>

However my reaction to my VroomVroom.com bargain booking is less than cheery. 'Don't tell me I've got that car..?' This is at the thought of a long journey in an inch winsy, bloody tiny tin can... with my Father unable to open his large AA map book in the front, and my Mother squashed in the back....


However as we speed along the motorway with windscreen wipers on full tilt in the pouring rain, the car holding her own in tricky driving conditions on the M4 and M25, Little Brighton Belle was more than doing alright. My father in a wave of nostalgia remembering our own Fiat 500 in the 1960's and my Mother proclaiming cheerily that she could see a touch of blue sky through the sunroof... We began to really like our Fiat 500 with her bright red seats... And before we know it we're in Brighton....


The Ship Hotel's valet parking is delighted to see our minuscule car arrive at the cramped underground parking lot. Beanz (my real Brighton Belle) arrives with her overnight clothes, this Uni student is not about to give up the opportunity to stay in a comfy hotel bed whilst Mum is in town.... And we set off to explore the town, famous for it's cute Laneways full of interesting shops and antique Jewelers.
We escape from the cold and drizzle into Bill's, highly recommended for an afternoon tea....


The next day we're off to the historic Royal Pavilion, built for Prince Regent, later King George IV. It is an impressive building looking Indian outside, feeling Chinese on the inside and full of opulence and excess. With the great audio guide you are transported back in time to gastronomic feasts & royal banquets: the Great kitchen dedicated to haute cuisine, balls and concerts in the Music Room....


As the day draws to a close, we are lucky to see an amazing sunset over the eerie burned out frame of the old Brighton West Pier....


Yes, this is a really cool place for a Uni student to hang out on exchange. Brighton seems to have it all - a great University, good shopping, history and a vibrant party scene, we know that because The Ship Hotel not only overlooks the seafront, but it also over looks the nightclub area and we know they have good parties as we heard them all leaving at 3am in the morning - Oh to be young!!!

Little Wandering Wren

Location:Brighton, Sussex, UK

Comments

Neesie said…
I have a daughter just like yours...she never misses an opportunity either. She has first-class honours in the subject!

I'm surprised you only heard the party animals leaving LWW...I'd have thought you'd be out there!
You're still a spring chick! ;D

Popular posts from this blog

Friendship Friday!

Hello dear friends in Blogland. How are you doing? I am pleased to be here for Friendship Friday
I've had a great week and have well and truly settled back into my Asian life  where I am enjoying making new friends both locally and in here in the blogosphere.


I've had fun, I have joined a new group - the American Women's Club of Thailand.
Why the American's when you're a British Aussie? You may well ask. Well firstly they take anyone, these Expat women's groups really are not that fussy!

Well, except for the ANZWG Group where you need to be closely associated with Australia and New Zealand. I am, I have the passport and I have a family, home and of course an Aussie Crazy Poodle Down Under and I miss my Melbourne life terribly,  but my life in Thailand is more about meeting women from around the globe.

I have always had lots of American friends, I chat with many Americans via my blog...

... anyway they let this little bird in and she's chirpy about that!
The…

The Expat - an A to Z of how not to make friends.

Ok, so I have now officially disgraced myself with the Americans…
A little bit of backstory, I moved to Bangkok eighteen months ago. It was a tricky move coming from the eight times winner of the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ Melbourne, Australia to one of the most polluted, congested and the world’s hottest capital city… I gave up a meaningful job that I loved, in the Not-for-Profit sector to become a lady of leisure.

I threw myself into life here. I enjoyed the travel and getting to know Bangkok, and we had loads of visitors, but this year everything changed when we moved into our forever place in Bangkok. Hated it, nothing worked, was miserable, so had a great summer traveling the globe visiting family and friends instead.


Back in Bangkok, ready to immerse back into my Thai life, I am moving into a new apartment and ready to make some new friends, I joined a few expat organisations…
I know, I know being an Expat sounds glamorous, we have left the homeland, or in my case homelands, and j…

The Last Rose Of Summer

I spotted this poppet of a pink rose against the crumbling English church wall this week. It reminded me of the song 'The Last Rose of Summer':
'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone. All her lovely companions are faded and gone.' Thomas Moore
Quite how this melancholy song slipped into our normally upbeat,  think 'My old man said follow the van', family singalongs, I don't know.  But since then, I've always looked for my last rose of summer!


The last rose of Summer got me thinking how Winter has well and truly appeared in the United Kingdom. She slipped in unannounced after an endless summer. On the back of the gritter lorries, with witty names like Grittie McVittie, Brad Grit, or Spready Mercury, busy throwing salt to stop roads freezing over. 


Wren's thought for the day: There is a stoic cheerfulness here despite a gloomy outlook in more ways than one... Brexit remains a monumental looming moment in British history but it’s anyone’s guess how t…