Here’s a post I never planned to do: a lifestyle post! I’ve actually been really into reading about other people’s adventures on Bloglovin and Twitter recently; so when an interesting day of my own popped up, blogging about it seemed the obvious thing to do.
I met up with one of my best friends, Natalie, a couple of weekends ago; I hadn’t seen her in months! I was so excited to see her, as I’d missed her and we had tons to catch up on. Both of us were feeling a bit sad (thanks to boys!), so rather than just sit in one of our bedrooms and moon about guys, we decided to distract ourselves!
Natalie came to my house about 1pm, and I drove us down to Brighton. I was really proud of myself for doing this, as I’m always getting lost when I’m driving somewhere new! But my parents have driven me to Brighton hundreds of times, so I sort of knew where I was heading. We took the Park and Ride into town, because the parking prices are just outrageous in Brighton – it would probably have cost us about £12 for the afternoon. We were definitely far too excited about sitting at the front of the top deck on the bus!
When we got into town, we stopped in Pret a Manger for some lunch – Natalie had a soup and I had one of the hot macaroni cheeses. Pret is my favourite coffee chain, the food is always so fresh and delicious, and the coffee is the best. No arguments. Then we walked down to the beachfront and the pier, and naturally took some selfies!
With the help of about 5 different maps, we found our way into The Lanes. The Brighton Lanes are the remnants of the old fishing village of Brighthelmstone; they’re now a haven for independent shops and jewellery stores.
We came across a MAC store, which was really exciting as we both had products we wanted to look at. (I had to get Natalie to promise not to let me buy anything inside – my bank account just wouldn’t have been able to cope!) Sadly, we could barely see anything inside, as the shop was absolutely packed with 14 year olds in parkers. We carried on exploring, and found a gorgeous little homeware store full of candles, cushions and cards. I couldn’t resist picking up these two cards to stick on the blackboards in my room:
I have a bit of a thing of old books, so when we found this vintage bookshop I was in there like a shot. It’s tiny, and the top room is full of really old books behind glass. Out the back is the rickety spiral staircase, which leads down to the main bookshop.
I picked up these 3 beautiful old books:
Then we found the best shop in the area: Choccywoccydoodah! I think this chocolate shop has featured on TV a few times, and its amazing! If Charlie’s Chocolate Factory was real . . .
They had all their Valentine’s Day stuff out, which wasn’t great for either of our broken hearts but we were suitably distracted by chocolate! I can’t believe I didn’t buy anything! Also, there’s a cafe upstairs which we completely missed. I definitely need to go back and gorge on chocolate goodies.
We were pretty tired and cold by then, and fancied a snack. We had a look in a lovely pub, but quickly realised we weren’t feeling the pub-vibe, so snapped a few photos of the cute quotes on the menu and disappeared!
We wandered back down to the pier and bought some of those amazing cheap doughnuts from the stalls at the entrance (I’m not saying how many we got!). Even though it was early evening, most of the attractions on the pier were closed up. Although thinking about it, it was early February!
By that time, it was getting pretty cold (and we’d eaten all the doughnuts) so we headed home. However, we were too busy chatting on the way out to notice where our stop was – cue tense journey back and endless asking of ‘is it the next stop?’! We found the car easily in the end, and I managed to get us home without losing my way.
That was my afternoon in Brighton! If you haven’t already, you should definitely go there. It’s such a fun, quirky city and there’s so much to do (think beach, pier, aquarium, loads of shopping, amazing nightlife etc.) I was actually surprised at how easy it was to get there from my house, so I’ll probably be going a lot more often now (yay!)
Panda Eyes xx