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.

Erected smack-dab in the middle of the lawn in front of the pavilion was a giant temporary tent.  You can just see the edge of the tent roof in the photo to the left.   I didn't take a photo of it because quite frankly, it was not a picturesque sight.

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.

Outside the Royal Pavilion, stands this statue of King George IV by Sir Francis Chantrey.

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.


Anonymous said...

How annoying! It's amazing how often that type of thing happens too. Still, at least you have a valid excuse to return another day to get the shots you want!

Steve Reed said...

Oh, bummer! It can be so frustrating when you have an idea for a photo and it gets thwarted by circumstance. (We've all been there!) At least you got to see the building, photograph those crazy domes and the interior, which I did not tour. I have to go back now, too!

JM said...

I was so frustrated because shots were not allowed inside! My jaws were down when I entered the Banquet Room. Sorry about the tent but, nevertheless, these photos are great!

Judy said...

I guess this proves that one should have no expectations to begin with. At least you were able to enjoy the visit and you did get a few lovely shots in spite of the tent.

Lowell said...

It seems that quite often something or someone is in the way of the photograph I had perceived and tried to get. :)

But, you came through that trial with flying colors. Some beautiful shots here and I'll look forward to more soon!

Bill Nicholls said...

There are also tunnels under it as well

Mersad said...

These shots that you managed to get are still beautiful!

Mersad Donko Photography

RedPat said...

I have to head there one day! Looks fabulous.

Jack said...

I know the feeling. But, sometimes we remember the times we had bad luck, like you did in Brighton, instead of the times we get lucky, as we all have many times. These are nice photos. If you didn't tell us what you were trying to get, we wouldn't have known.