Friday was the best day trip I’ve ever had: I visited Brighton! Last minute we decided to go on a day trip and I absolutely loved every minute of the visit - I think Brighton even might be my new favourite place!
Shopping and Exploring
I arrived in Brighton about midday after an hour's drive with my family and Nanny. We decided to explore the city and shops first (plus grab some lunch, but more on that later) then visit the pier afterwards.
On our way to all of the shops we passed the Brighton Pavilion, which was built as a palace for King George VI over 200 years ago.
We then continued walking up to North Laine, where we wandered through various shops. All of the streets were gorgeous and crammed with little shops selling all sorts of bit and pieces. The atmosphere was bright and cheerful (which was helped by the beautiful sunny weather!) and I loved all of the flowers and flags adorning the streets!
Later in the evening beautiful strings of lights were turned on. They looked so pretty hanging in between the buildings!
After we had finished shopping and exploring the city (which we actually did for a lot longer than expected!), we headed towards Brighton Pier. Although it was one of the main reasons we'd come to Brighton, we didn't arrive there until about 6! Once we got to the end of the pier, my mum persuaded us to go on a ride called "Booster" where we spun around high on a crane-like machine (you can see it on the far right of the picture below!). It was very windy (I spent most of the time terrified of losing my necklace which I'd forgotten to take off!) but I'm a huge fan of heights so I really enjoyed it!
Probably my highlight of the entire day was the dance machine in the arcade on Brighton Pier. Dancing makes me so happy and it was so much fun to do with family (I won too which made it even better!)!
The food in Brighton was absolutely stunning and there was something for everyone. I have never ever seen so many vegan/vegetarian cafes and restaurants in one place - my dad and I really were spoiled for choice! We ate falafel whilst my brother enjoyed a burger, my mum had a halloumi wrap and my Nanny ate a handcrafted sandwich. There were shops selling vegan ice cream (the first I've ever seen out in a city!) and we also found the coolest ever eco supermarket - they had so many amazing vegan products that I'd never seen before!
I have never seen such an amazing selection of food in one city, Brighton really does cater for all dietary preferences!
So as you can probably tell, I absolutely loved visiting Brighton! Despite it being so near where my Nanny lives, I'd never been to Brighton before. I had such a good trip that I now want to revisit it as much as possible. My camera barely left my hands as I was taking so many photos! I've even figured out if it would be possible to do as a day trip from Glasgow - the answer is yes: you can fly from Glasgow Airport to Gatwick Airport then get a 20 minute train to Brighton from there! If you're ever near Brighton then I'd definitely recommend visiting!