It took only less than two hours from we stepped out from our home in south east London until we arrived at Brighton Railway Station.
Brighton is just one hour away from London Bridge Station. Although it’s more popular and suitable for summer holiday destination since the city is located by the sea, but short visit during weekend in autumn was not a bad idea either.
I always have a specific idea inside my head when choosing a destination. Brighton chosen because of a stunning by a picture from BBC here.
It’s been called the greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain and the winter months are the best time to witness this. Brighton and Eastbourne are well known for their dramatic displays.The picture is called Murmurations.
Murmurations are huge groups of starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in beautiful shape-shifting clouds. Just before dusk, small groups of starlings from the same area come together above a communal roasting.Then, to Brighton we went. Stayed at budget hotel three minutes from the station, booked a room without breakfast, no other specific itinerary than watching the show at the beach.
The beach is fifteen minutes from the hotel.The first day spent at the highlight of Brighton, The Palace Pier. It’s a fun fair by the sea. Opened in 1899 and has survived two world wars. Home to fairground, restaurants, and deckchairs to enjoy the sea view.
The place is perfect for a sunny bright day, but we happened to have a heavy rainy day during the visit. Cold, wet, with strong wind. No sunset view.Just like the wise words say, “If it rains on your parade, dance in it”, so we did.
The little girl enjoyed few rides in the fun fair, and I had my chance to witness the main show although it wasn’t as planned. Bought a pack of hot donuts and ate it by the sea, still with the strong wind and rain.
We went back to the hotel for short rest then having dinner with the doctor’s friend and her husband who lives in Brighton. Our dinner was classic indian food which I found pretty good.
The next day, we went out early to explore the city. Hove Beach Hut, rows of colorful houses by the beach, to Open Market which that time was still closed because we were quite early. From the market, we accidentally found a playground and let the little girl play for a while.
The Lanes is one of the famous spot in Brighton. Small local shops sell many kind of things from clothes to vintage items. Survived this place without a single purchase and stick to theme of the trip.
As the weather was getting dark, we went back to the hotel to have lunch in a small japanese resto nearby. Japanese food never failed to comfort the tummy in a rainy day.
It’s been a while since the last time we had short nap in between during traveling. We had short nap and woke up when it was almost sunset. Hurrily dressed up and off to the beach by walk to catch the sunset.
This Brighton trip might be the most plain that we have ever had so far. Maybe because it was kind of trip that should be done in one day like Oxford and Cambridge.But, the beach and the funfair for the little girl was worth the budget spent.
Been trying to put some pictures and all failed. Maybe later.
It feels slightly sad and glad knowing that Brighton might be our closing trip in this country. Sad for leaving luxurious things that we could never have in Jakarta yet, so glad to be given so many chances to explore the beauty of this country.
We have had more than we could ask for. And that’s enough. Alhamdulillah.