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25 October 2017

48 hours in Eastbourne


We recently escaped down south for a few days. Our break was inspired by a very generous gift from my mother in law, for a two day get away and we thought why not turn it into a bit of a longer trip and explore more than one place. So that's exactly what we did, our first port of call was Eastbourne, which is where our voucher got us a 2 night stay.

It was a bit of a stressful drive down from the east midlands, as the main route the sat nav wanted us to take lead to a closed road, and after 3 failed attempts of re-routing, and about an hour later we finally reached our destination. Unfortunately a lot later than what we would have liked!

We parked up our car, checked in to the hotel and headed straight off as we didn't want to waste the rest of the day.

We started by strolling across Eastbourne's seafront, it was a lot warmer than we expected, so we stopped at one of the beach shacks and grabbed ourselves a sorbet. Highly recommend as it was delicious!

We carried on walking and decided to walk/hike up to Beachy Head. Now I have to admit I did moan most of the way up as i'd made the huge mistake of wearing new boots that day, and boy did they give me some mean blisters. However, the views more than made up for my poor aching feet. You can spy the Lighthouse peeking out below the white cliffs, the sea washing around it. Such a magical view.

Beachy Head
Beachy Head

We didn't have much time to play with as it was getting dark soon, and with there being absolutely no lights on the walk we didn't want to be wandering back in the dark! We squeezed in time for a quick gin (of course) at the Beachy head pub, whose décor is so dreamy and country inspired, with fairy lights and checked cushions scattered on the seats.

As we descended back down the hill, the sun had just begun to set, and it made the sky the most beautiful pastel pink I've ever laid eyes on, that tied with the sea and plants you could easily believe you were abroad on a tropical island.

By the time we had reached the bottom we had worked up quite an appetite, and I had a yearning for Italian food, so that's what we went in search of. We came across Mo Mambo, and gorged ourselves on Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Delicious.

The next day we had big plans to head over for a day in Brighton. We started by getting up early and having a potter along the seafront, before grabbing some breakfast at Beanzz their coffee is amazing and we had toasted tea cakes and porridge, which set us up nicely for the day.

Once we had finished our breakfast we headed over to catch the bus to Brighton, which is about a 50 minute trip. It's a hop on hop off style bus and we spotted the Seven Sisters park on the way to Brighton, which we decided we would stop off at on the way back to Eastbourne as it looked incredibly beautiful.

We did the usual tourist stops around Brighton, including the pier and Choccy Woccy Doodah, which I can confirm is incredible!

All of the walking had made us thirsty and I'd heard about the most Instagram worthy café that I needed to see so we headed their for a drink.

Redroaster did not disappoint, all the marble and gold décor, it was right up my street.

Definitely worth a visit for the décor alone! We decided not to eat here as we went in search of more restaurants, I wanted to cover as much in as little time as possible!

We ended up stumbling across Purezza. A purely Vegan restaurant, which was absolutely incredible, their food was so full of flavour and the pizza is the best, I would highly recommend!

I had the Chick Magnet pizza, that had chick peas, caramelised onions, tomatoes and spinach on it. I also had an iced coffee too,  because it was surprisingly hot outside!

We decided to catch the bus back to Eastbourne and stop off at the Seven Sister's park to walk off all that gorgeous food.

The Seven Sisters country park is made up of 280 hectares of white chalk cliffs and open grass land, it is a beautiful serene walk, that is a perfect way to end a busy day.

Seven Sisters Park

It took us just over an hour to walk there and back, and was worth the time just to take in the fresh air and the views. As it was midweek it wasn't very busy either, so it was lovely and peaceful. I would recommend taking a book if you have more time than we did, and a blanket and perching on the beach for a while just to enjoy the calm, especially if you've been packing your day full of adventures like we had!

Our next leg of our trip took us over to Hastings.

Have you been to Eastbourne?


11 October 2017

Our Week in Brixham | Days 5, 6 & 7

I'm finally getting round  to writing the final instalment of my Brixham Diaries, and I think it's a case of saved the best until last!

On day 5 we took a trip over to Paignton, which is a very traditional seaside town, unlike Torquay, which has all the shops and coffee places, Paignton has the arcades and traditional pier. Paignton is only a 15 minute drive from Brixham, so an easy place to pop over to if you fancy a nosey at somewhere new.

The weather was beautiful, the sun beamed down on our skin and we headed along the beach to the pier, and of course grabbed an ice cream along the way for good measure!

I couldn't help but chuckle at this seagull, who had claimed this seat for himself, though I cant blame him, it was the perfect spot.

We couldn't resist having a go on the basket ball game, I've still not improved over the years sadly! It certainly was a laugh, with all the cheesiness a good seaside pier has to offer, including those iconic cardboard cut outs and giant sun lounges.

 After indulging our inner child at the pier we had a potter down to fairy cove, in which we passed by even more pastel houses. The cove was very pretty, and a little busier than I'd imagined so we only paused to admire the view before heading off back to Brixham for a nice night in at the apartment.

Day 6 had an idyllic start with a morning reading on the balcony, again we were very lucky with the weather as the sun shone brightly against the blue sky. This balcony was by far my favourite spot, the view peeking through the houses, and the cheeky seagulls that resided on the next roof were a joy to watch.

I had spied a cute café called Millie & Me a few days ago, and vowed to go in for breakfast one day, so that is exactly what we did!

We ordered some fruity juices and toasted teacakes for breakfast which were scrumptious.

The service was so warm and welcoming, and everyone that came in to Millie & Me was so friendly and talkative! It was really homely, and if we ever get to go back to (more likely when we go back) Brixham I will definitely be heading back here again.

Also how amazing is the flamingo wallpaper!

Not wanting to miss out on the glorious weather we were having, we headed over to Fishcombe Cove, which was like a tropical haven. You feel like your somewhere in Italy, the sandy coloured rocks and the vibrant greenery is simply stunning.

We set ourselves down to wile away a few hours in the sun, and it was bliss.

That night I really wanted to watch the sunset and see the lighthouse turn on, and with the good weather we'd had that day I knew it would be our best shot at spotting them. We set off from the apartment later than usual, and made our way down the breakwater, just in time to catch the sun going down.

It was awe inspiring, to sit and watch the sun go down and the sky turn all these fabulous colours, from bold orange to dusky pink, all whilst the sea gently babbled away in the background. It was a serene, calming experience. There's something about watching the sunset that gives you that little bubble of joy in your heart, an indescribable but familiar warmth.

As soon as the sky turned deep indigo blue, we headed for a quick drink before venturing back to the apartment, as the next day was my birthday!

I really wanted to head to Dartmoor for my Birthday as you all know by now that I love to go out walking, and where's better than a national park?!

It did not disappoint, although it was a lot colder than down in Brixham! I would definitely recommend taking a light jacket or cardigan.

We had a lovely long walk, the views were incredible and it was nice to get some fresh air in our lungs. I did fall over a few times though, which was slightly embarrassing! Even though I had trainers on they don't have much grip, and as the grass is so short I just kept slipping over! I was definitely bambi on ice.

Despite the slips, it was a perfect day and I thoroughly enjoyed it, being able to have a laugh with my family and take in the views made them worth while.

We had planned a family meal back at Brixham, so we all went home freshened up, and got dressed up.

We had booked a table at The Cow Shed, which was just off of  the dock, down a little side street.

The décor was adorable, with all different coloured upcycled chairs and wooden panelling.

The service was incredible, I was able to sample of some of the gin they had, including a delicious elderflower one and I was even surprised with a candle in my Tiramisu, which was such a thoughtful touch.

We finished the night with yet more Gin, because it was my Birthday after all, and who doesn't deserve all the Gin on their Birthday.

It was the perfect end to what had been an incredible holiday.

Brixham is a place that should be on your UK travel bucket list, its so quaint with lots of independent shops, places to eat, pastel coloured houses on the horizon and incredible views. It's like its come straight off of a post card. For the adventure seeker its a perfect base for exploring, and for the relaxer there are plenty of coves and coffee shops to enjoy a good book. It definitely captured a bit of me and I will certainly be revisiting.

I hope you've enjoyed my final Brixham diary instalment, what's your favourite UK coastal town to visit?

Read about Days 1 & 2 Here

Read about Days 3 & 4 Here
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