As promised, here comes the two days we spent in Brighton.
Our first day in Brighton began with breakfast at the hotel. We had a long day infront of us. On this day we had planned to explore a bit of the english nature. We walked from our hotel to the bus station where we took a open top bus to Devil's Dyke. At nearly a mile long, the Devil's Dyke-valley is the longest and deepest 'dry valley' in the UK. There are many stories about how the Devil's Dyke was created. Scientists says it was carved out by melting water at the end of the last ice age, but the legend tells the devil created the valley.
From the mountains we had a big breathtaking view over the english countryside and the ocean. We walked around for a while and noticed how we were surrounded by glorious poppy fields.
After our visit to Devil's Dyke we took a bus to seven sisters, which is seven big white cliffs. It amazed us how different the English nature is compered to Sweden.
Every distance we walked was kilometers long that day, so we were quite exhausted when we got back to the hotel. It was now evening and we decided to go out and eat.
On our second day we had started to get tired of hotel breakfast so we walked to a little restaurant where they served classic english breakfast which consists of baked beans, bacon, eggs, sausage and breads etc. We really liked it and both agreed that we prefer the English breakfast over the Swedish.
After the breakfast we went on a shopping-spree in the famous lanes. The lanes consists of several small unique shops or boutiques. You can find anything from antiques and luxuries to vintage shops and pound-shops (shops where everything is under 1£).
The lanes could be compered to Gamla Stan (the old city) in Stockholm. In Gamla stan there are lots of little shops and the narrow and slim streets reminds me of the lanes. But one difference is that in Gamla stan the turist shops has taken over. Everywhere you look in Gamla stan you can see at least one turist shop or souvenir shop. In the lanes there are almost no classic turist shops - although this is where most turists shop.
Anyhow, after we had shopped a little, we walked to a little baguette shop to eat a quick lunch.
At 3pm we decided to go to a museum, and we both agreed which one seemed the most interesting. It was the big indian-inspired palace in the middle of Brighton. The Royal Pavilion was built by a prince in 1786, and is now a museum. We walked through the marvelous, colorful rooms. The outside of the palace is, as I said, Indian-inspired but the inside is inspired by China.
After the visit at the Pavilion we ate dinner at a little restaurant in the lanes, but to be frank with you the food was not that great. Actually quite obnoxious to be completely sincere. We were still hungry so we decided to grab some fish n' chips at the pier.
We had two lovely days in Brighton, and the next day we headed to Oxford.