Sunday, December 29, 2013
A short trip to Brighton
When I made the short journey to Brighton in November, I had one thing in mind. I was going to get a photo of that outrageously ornate Royal Pavilion. I had it pictured in my mind and my image was very much like this photo taken by someone I follow on Flickr. But alas, the best laid plans often go awry.
I made due with several photos of the ornate details of the outside of the pavilion and I took the tour of the inside and I'm so happy I did. The inside, although a little down-at-heel, was spectacular. There were some rather amazing chandeliers and antiques to feast my eyes upon.
The Royal Pavilion was built by King George and became a royal playground for the king and his circle of friends. After King George's death, the pavilion was used as a residence by King William IV and by Queen Victoria until 1845. In 1850 it was sold to the town of Brighton after the interior had been stripped of its furnishings. The long process of restoration started and still goes on today and with the cooperation of the Royal Family, there are many beautiful pieces on loan to be displayed inside.
All in all, I'm glad I went. The tour was great and I even had a tasty lunch right inside the pavilion at their small dining room. However, getting that one photo is still on my list of things to do.
I'll share more photos from Brighton on a future post.