05 April, 2011

A day trip to Brighton...

Brighton Traffic Jam
So last week, taking advantage of the slightly unseasonally good weather, we decided to take a little trip down to Brighton to visit the Sea Life Center (traffic driving into town wasn't actually that bad, for once)...
Brighton Sealife Center
...parking was still a bit of a pain (as usual) especially as the first ticket machine I managed to find was flashing "Out of Order"...
Brighton
I did, eventually, find one, and we set off on our walk along Marine Drive -
Brighton
- splashing in the puddles (when there was a convenient lack of speeding push bikes) -
Thomas on Brighton Beach
- and enjoying a little toddle on the stony beach (to which Thomas, quite correctly, announced "Stones" Lots!") -
Thomas on Brighton Beach
- (then proceeding to attempt to collect every single one that he could carry to bring with us) as we headed back towards the Pier...
Brighton Pier
Anyway, we decided we would do the Sea Life Center before going to get some lunch (slightly foolishly, as it would happen), we managed to pay, had our hands stamped (for free re-admittance) walked through the first door (Thomas getting very excited)-
Brighton Sealife Center
- managed to take about 1 picture, and then all hell broke loose, an absolute coachload of French exchange students crashed through the door and started taking hundreds of pictures (with the flash set to auto, obviously) and all the fish promptly vanished into the corners of their enclosures in terror, thereby making the whole process slightly pointless...

So we went to the pub...
Thomas having a drink
A short wait in the bar for a table later -
Thomas eating steak dinner
- we were sat down to a lovely steak (etc.) dinner -
Thomas eating steak dinner
- which Thomas seemed to approve of (sorry for the blurry pic, he was jiggling around too much with enthusiasm)... ;)

Anyway, when we thought enough time had past for the French people to be off in the distance we worked our way back down to entrance, stopping briefly to stand on the model of the Nautilus submarine -
Thomas at the Sealife Center
- I had to close my eyes because Thomas was bashing with excitement -
Brighton Sealife Center
- and then we were back in, and had the place pretty much to ourselves (about 3 other couples with small kids- hurrah!)...
Brighton Sealife Center
Brighton Sealife Center
Brighton Sealife Center
Brighton Sealife Center
Brighton Sealife Center
Brighton Sealife Center
- for a very enjoyable, quiet walk round, looking at the very many fish, touching the odd polyp (where allowed)-
Brighton Sealife Center
Brighton Sealife Center
- and enjoying the other sights, including the bent shark cage (oo-er) -
Thomas at the Sealife Center
-and then we lugged the push chair up about 3 flights of stairs (grr)-
Brighton Sealife Center
- to see the big pool (which used to be where they did the dolphin show (when this was the Old Brighton Aquarium - click that link for the 1972 guide book), if memory serves-
Brighton Sealife Center Tunnel
- it now has a glass bottomed boat ride (extra cash to do that though) and an underwater tunnel where Thomas correctly identified a "Shark!"...and that done, we decided to take a little walk along Brighton Pier-
Brighton Pier
Brighton Beach
Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier
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- then finally, as Thomas was very tired from all this excitement, we headed back home... ;)

2 comments:

Tom Hopwood said...

Great day, great shots, damn French lol.
Hope all is ok with you guys.
See ya soon

Lynette said...

Yeah, those naughty flashing Frenchies!