We went to the sea this weekend. Yesterday, in fact, for a little getaway.
It's easy to forget what a difference time away from the regular routine can do for your state of mind. But this weekend, I was reminded.
We grabbed a Sunday morning train to Brighton and were seaside in less than an hour. I read "The Girl on the Train" on the way, and naturally felt very meta and smug the whole time.
Easy travel is one of the great things about England – everything is so close and approachable, especially if you're coming from a larger place and are used to flying everywhere.
In England, you're just a train ride away from the rest of the country.
We arrived by the sea and all was well.
It's quite a little place, Brighton.
It's close to London but feels a world away, though it's consistently flanked by tourists and Londoners looking for a gasp of fresh air. The main attraction is Brighton Pier – built in 1899 and the only remaining pier after the other two were ruined by storms or burned down.
The pier is ridiculous and cheesy, full of fried food, rickety carnival rides (including a helter skelter) and gambling arcades. It's abnormal and foreign in the way that beachside piers usually are, but fun to see.
And the views from the pier are breathtaking. The English Channel is a gorgeous, albeit freezing, blue-green, the buildings are creamy white, and in the distance we could see the sun shining on white chalk cliffs. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.
For a few hours we wandered around the rocky beach, observed the goings-on at the pier, drank coffee, and ate clotted cream fudge. It was such a treat.
Adding to my delight for the day were some lovely new goodies that Bridge & Burn were kind enough to send me from Portland. I'd been saving them to wear on an adventure, so naturally they came with me yesterday.
Maybe you want to grab a perfect seaside outfit of your own, or are after a good sundress. Either way, consider heading out on your own adventure – even if it's just for a day trip. I think we all need that every now and then. A quick change of pace, of air, and of mind.
Luckily, the good folks at Bridge & Burn are offering Second Floor Flat readers 10% of all purchases with code REETZ10 through Sunday, April 12th in honor of the launch of their new line of pants – in case you're looking for something to wear on your next adventure.
If you do end up getting something, take note: My Bridge & Burn pants fit perfectly (no joke) so if you need any help with sizing questions hit me up.
Happy shopping, guys!
Photos by D Watterson III
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