The Shore –

20150626_072449 After having our fill of all things London, we decided we should head for the coast this morning!  The sun was out and it looked like we would have a brilliant day!  We have had nothing but non-typical London weather.  It has been in the 70’s with sun every day.  With not a drop of rain, mist or water
20150626_073228of any kind, we thought we would go in search of some and decided on taking the train to Brighton on the south coast of England.

Before the train we once again found ourselves with sneakers on and earbuds and still not really awake.  This time we were in Hyde Park, one of the largest parks in London; and one I have never truly explored.

20150626_082335Hyde Park is over 300 acres and is technically separated into two parks by the long body of water running through it.  We set our course through the smaller of the two- Kensington Gardens- that is packed with paths and gardens and flowers everywhere.

Quiz:  One of us walk the length of the lake and back the other walk down and ran back; Can you guess who is who?

20150626_05100720150626_043454After an hour on the train or a half a book in “Maggie Time,” we entered Brighton. It is an English version of Old Orchard Beach in MA including a Pier, fairground attractions, amusement arcade and a collective group of people.  The sand has been replaced with pebbles and the lobster shacks with Fish and Chips stand, but the feel is the same, especially the cold water.

We started our decent / hike to the water via what are referred 20150626_063201to as the Lanes. A collection of narrow lanes and alleyways packed with small shops, boutiques, funky restaurants, 20150626_062231cafés, and pubs catering to an energetic crowd. The highlight for Maggie was the independent antique aka junk shops that sold old books.  After adding a few books to her backpack we lazily made our way past Royal Pavilion (the main sight in town), a dazzling and exotic buildings.  We snapped a picture or two and keep walking…

20150626_071442First order of the day was an ice cream on the beach in a beach chair, as the Brits would say Brilliant!

20150626_075411(0)We walked the pier but opted for a lunch spot on the beach overlooking the channel and enjoyed some fresh fish and chips.

We worked off lunch with the walk back up the hill to the train station with about half the beach in Maggie backpack – she loved the different colored rocks & pebbles that makes up the beach.

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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