Monday, 28 May 2007

A Perfect Day for the Beach...

You can't hear me, but there is a hint of sarcasm in that title. This weekend was the perplexing and mysteriously undefined holiday, the May Bank Holiday. That's it, that's what they call it. Three day weekend because it's May and hey we haven't had a holiday in all of one month.

We had the pleasure of entertaining a lovely house guest, Felicia, who is taking some time off to tour around Europe. She added us to her list of must-sees when she found out we'd moved here. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed her time here. We walked around and shopped most of the time, while out we met a girl at the Body Shop who could not stop talking and to whom Felicia pimped me out and had us exchange numbers since I am a big loner with no friends. ;)

We went into London on Friday and shopped Covent Gardens and found an amazing store called Lush. (There are a few in LA if you ever get a chance to go! They sell complete organic bath products that are just phenomenal.) Anyhoo, we made a friend at Lush as well. Seems we like to make friends in girly product stores. Her name was Sarah and she told us all about her friend who was playing in Leicester Square (pronounce Less-ter) at a place called Sound. She told us how her friend grew up in Thailand and toured around. She sounded like just my style, so we called Josh and made him meet us in the city. Sarah was right, her friend was amazing. She had the feel of India Arie. We had a blast! (Plus we shopped way too much, which is always fun!)

The next day we planned on renting a car and heading down to Brighton beach. Great idea for the end of May Holiday right? Well sure except it was gloomy and cold and rainy, surprise, surprise. :) So we loaded the car with our picnic of sandwiches and Felicia's amazing guacamole and headed on down to the beach determined to enjoy it "irregardless". We ended up eating our picnic out of the boot (for you Americans, trunk) in the car park.

We walked around beautiful, gloomy Brighton. Despite the rain it was still picturesque. I felt like I was in a postcard from the 20's. The pier is so retro feeling. All we needed were big floppy hats and bathing suits to our knees and it would have been the perfect time warp. It was great. We took a million pictures and annoyed Josh as most often they were pictures of the same thing ten times. (Gotta get the perfect picture, right?)

Later, we ate soft serve cones in perfect blue and white striped chairs along the pier and looked out over the Atlantic while listening to Elvis tunes blare out over the loud speaker. Josh punked out and didn't ride The Scream(not sure on the name) which was a ride that basically was a big crane that throws you out over the ocean and spins around and all that good stuff that crazy carnival rides do. Of course, because it costs too much. Ah hem... It's like $16 bucks a ride.

We ate dinner at a place that was a family style sit down dinner and only served Fish and Chips. You can have it many different ways, but it all boils down to fried fish and french fries. I have to admit it was the best Fish and Chips I have had in England, thus living up to their claim of Best in the World.

We headed out of Brighton towards home. We had to stop by a petrol station to top up and I don't ever want to hear another Californian complain about the price of gas since it cost us $40 for a little over a quarter of a tank! That's QUARTER OF A TANK! So no more whining! We only went about the distance of half the trip to Vegas.

The next day we were going to hang out and drive around locally, but ended up waking up at noon and pretty much laid around lazy all day. Felicia and I have been inspiring each other left and right! I found my groove with my knitting and I have tons of ideas for projects that I want to try in the future.

We dropped her off at the airport this morning sending her on her way towards Seville where Josh and I spent two weeks for our incredible honeymoon last year. I convinced her that a more beautiful town you will never find. Hopefully she enjoys it as much as I've built it up.

Well that was our 3 day weekend and now it is just thumb twiddling and anticipation building rapidly for the 19 day wait until I will be able to set foot on American soil again. :)


P.S. Click on the picture to check out all the pictures from our trip!!! You'll love them! Yes, you, I'm talking to you. ;) Click on them now!