Tuesday, November 24, 2015

London – Day Five: Brighton by the Sea

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Our last full day of our trip, we decided to take the train to the seaside town of beautiful Brighton, England. Our friend Beth suggested it, and we wanted to see what Brighton was like. I have always wanted to visit the English seaside, too.

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We got up early and were on our way to the train. It took us a little over an hour taking the train from London to Brighton. I really love taking the train!

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As we walked from the train station through the streets of Brighton, we were greeted by fantastic treats – like these from a French pastry shop! I bought some macarons here. I could not resist.

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After getting a sweet treat, we were on our way to explore the town.

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We walked all though the lanes first, stopping in shops here and there as we went. There were so many cute shops and cafes!

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We went though the wonderful Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. It is near the Royal Pavilion. What a great museum!

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Here is a cat from in the museum! This cat made sound, but I do not think it was working the day we were there. I loved this cat, so cute. Here are some of my favorites from the museum.

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Are you a mod or a rocker?

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Eventually we made our way to the pier.

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I loved the vintage rides and feel of the pier.

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We went to so many cute teeny tiny shops that were by the seaside. This was one of our favorites, 229 Ceramics, a small studio and shop. I got some cute pieces, and they were lovingly wrapped with care by the maker. We told him we had to safely get the ceramics home on the plane, and that we did! What a great shop.

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Our late lunch was at Food for Friends! Our friend Beth suggested this for us. It was so good!

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I really enjoyed my food there! It was great.

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We stayed until sundown and had a really great day seeing everything in Brighton!

Monday, November 16, 2015

London – Day Four: Tate Modern BONUS PICS

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Missy’s been waiting patiently on me to post MY photos from our fourth day in London last year, but…life just gets in the way sometimes. Anyways, that fourth day of our trip was THE DAY, the whole reason for the trip in the first place, the day that we were going to see KATE BUSH in concert. We got up early that day because there was so much we wanted to see before the show that night. First and foremost, we wanted to go to the TATE MODERN to check out their collection. ADMISSION IS FREE to their permanent collection, and so it was totally within our budget. On the outskirts of the museum we saw art by MUXXI, one of my favorite graphic designers (we even used to carry her greeting cards in our now defunct MINI GALLERY)

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They were working on an entirely new wing of the museum when we arrived and had to work our way around to the river side entrance of the main building. Along the way, we saw this really cool EASTER ISLAND-INSPIRED GRILL, which was part of an ART INSTALLATION / PERFORMANCE ART piece where the artists cooked food and fed the public…

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I was especially excited to see these iconic MAPPLETHORPE PORTRAITS in person…PATTI SMITH:

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GRACE JONES:

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WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS:

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DORIS SAATCHI:

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ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE self-portrait:

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We also liked their collection of newer illustrations by LOUISE BOURGEOIS:

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Some CY TWOMBLY:

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We were also fans of ANNETTE MESSAGER’S creepy and weird “THE PIKES”:

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