A message popped into my personal Facebook a little while ago. It started:
'Craaaazy question but you're not free last weekend of Jan are you?'
Actually yes, yes I am.
You see every so often Steve has to go away for a few days, a week or possibly longer for work. This time it was a week in Cairo, which left me with a weekend at the end of January with not much going on. Until Shay messaged me with a simple yet brilliant idea. A girls weekender away. We tossed around the ideas of Somerset (yes the whole of it), Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Bristol, Oxford, Liverpool and the Cotswold's, but we kept returning to Brighton. I've been a few times and love it; Shay has only ever been once on a hen do so she was keen to go. It's only a couple of hours from us on the train and everything about it was just brilliantly convenient.
Sinead is a social media guru and works in tourism so she did something that has never even occurred to me and pinged off a couple of tweets to Love Brighton to get some recommendations on where we should try out. We were bombarded with replies and shout outs and that made our minds up (turns out Love Brighton went to uni in Canterbury. Small world). Brighton for a girls weekender it was!
First things first was the hotel. I stayed at the Queen's Hotel on the sea front the last time I was in Brighton and knew it was a good hotel in a brilliant location and ridiculously good value. On my recommendation (no pressure, but if the trip was ruined because of the hotel it was all my fault) Shay booked it and I sorted out the train tickets.
Huh. For £40 each per night, we had what was basically a suite of rooms that could sleep 5. Including breakfast the next day. That is insane value. We even had our own TV's, which is good as I like to listen to rock and indie music (Kerrang was perfect) whilst I get ready whereas Shay prefers more intellectual stimulation (there were the definite faint sounds of a quiz show or debate coming from her room).
I'll go into more details on our Friday night out in Brighton later this week, but for now let's fast forward to the Saturday day time. Saturday was spent exploring the Lanes, including the required visit to Choccywoccydoodah's which was filled with sickly sweet reminders that Valentine's Day is nearly upon us.
Brighton Pavilion. We didn't go inside as in all honesty, the entry is a wee bit pricey and we had a lot we still wanted to explore.
Present in the Laines, a gorgeous little shop that we had been chatting with over twitter and that sold the most beautiful hand crafted goods (the leather bags are drool worthy) as well as my favourite body lotion, Korres Jasmine, trinkets and jewellery and beard oil that we were debating getting for Sinead's fella. They are located on Gardner Street and if you are in Brighton you should definitely stop off for a visit!
We were in desperate need of refreshment and so stopped off for a coffee break (I think we were both started to feel our stealth hangovers at this stage) at a hidden away little place we stumbled across called the Kensington Balcony Cafe in the heart of the North Laine.
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