Lifestyle: Winter Days in Brighton

A few weekends before Christmas I had decidedly itchy feet. I’ve spent since July going between Northamptonshire and Surrey, with two weekends in Canterbury to break it up a little. I was bored, I didn’t want to go into London (it was scarily busy in November, the thought of just travelling through in December was enough to give me palpitations!). But rather luckily I appear to be living on the train line to Brighton. A quick change at Gatwick (just to speed up the journey), less than an hour after heading out we were at the seaside!

 photo 2014-12-13155214_zps0ba9b629.jpg photo 2014-12-13164548_zpsbbe993c9.jpgIn fact, it just about took us longer to get our coffees than it did to get to Brighton. We popped into a little cafe near the station; Milk No Sugar. A gorgeous little cafe, with an amazing menu. Nutella Mocha was our picks, thought the bee-nutterly latte was tempting. The coffees were pretty good, but a 40+ minute wait?! Can’t say I was overly impressed…less fancy patterns in my drink, more speed!

 photo 2014-12-13120932_zps16144c55.jpgA wander round the lanes was just what I needed. Small interior decor shops are just my cup of tea, and I could have spent an absolute fortune. Copper initial ornaments were my favourite; I’m desperately looking forward to adorning a door with WC in the future, confusing people, and amusing me. Small story: our first year together involved myself and Will attempting to make a gingerbread house. It worked, but we iced our initials on it. And yep, gingerbread toilet was the outcome! Oops..

 photo 2014-12-13143956_zps31a92757.jpgI fell in love with so many different shops, but what really stole my heart? This guy!

 photo 2014-12-13165604_zpsc21ac951.jpgExhausted from wandering, and stuffed from one of the best sandwiches we’d eaten (more on that soon!) it was time to exchange £2 for plenty of 2ps and hit the slots. I love these machines, I could have hours of fun!

 photo 2014-12-13165610_zps79133ecc.jpg photo 2014-12-13164534_zps3cddad34.jpg photo 2014-12-13164540_zps944a14c6.jpgFeeling satisfactorily childlike, it was now time to do some adult-like things. Such as cuddle up on the beach and watch the sunset. It’s been a tough couple of years for us two, but times like this prove that its just so worthwhile.

 photo 2014-12-13165551_zpsecb6e00e.jpg photo 2014-12-13164603_zps0cec0100.jpg photo 2014-12-13165816_zps608cf341.jpgWith hands so cold they’d lost their feeling hours ago (it didn’t get above freezing that day!), it was time to wander back on a food hunt; we ended up with the last available table at Cote; pork belly, guinea hen, crepes suzette, tarte aux pomme and plenty of wine rounded off a perfect day.

Brighton is one of my favourite places; the shops are just so perfect, it’s by the sea, and it’s so relaxed even a day feels like a holiday! I’m determined to explore more places this year, so I’d love some recommendations of where to go! Currently looking for a weekend away at the end of the month, where should I think about? Been anywhere nice recently?