Today we decided to take a drive to Brighton. The weather was again cold and trying to find somewhere to park was difficult.
Brighton owed much of its development to the mid eighteenth century sea bathing trend. The fad received royal approval when the Prince of Wales (the future George IV) began visiting the town with his mistress (the early dirty weekend!). Today it is a conference town.
As we explored the town a seafront we were very disappointed as the town seemed shabby particularly the seafront. The Brighton Royal Pavilion which was commissioned by the fun loving Prince of Wales in 1815 was designed by John Nash the architect of London’s Regent Street. The palace is very ornate like an Indian temple but we could not see the outside fully as there was a temporary ice skating rink and tent. Really disappointing!
We wandered through The Lanes a warren of narrow streets which was the core of the old fishing village from which Brighton evolved before returning to the car and paying £8 for the just over two hour parking- expensive.