It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated our Friday challenge with the latest day out Emma and I have gone on. It’s not because we have nothing to report, but that life has been pretty crazy. Full on schedules, chaos and I’m just so pleased to be on the other side. So without further ado, here’s one of my favourite places we have visited so far.
As Brighton girls, we love being by the beach whatever the weather. So many weekends, we’ve sat on the stones in our warm coats, determined to soak up that little bit of sunshine peering through. To me, Brighton has it all but it wasn’t until we made a chance visit to Rye (another gorgeous place) that we discovered Hastings and in one afternoon fell in love with it. Hastings is like an old-fashioned Brighton – you can squint and imagine the who town just as it is in the 1950’s. I thought that was something quite rare, and I loved it.
On the afternoon we drove over to Hastings, I was probably being a bit ambitious as we’d already had one trip out that day and it was past 2pm. The journey takes just over an hour via the A27 towards Lewes – but it’s an easy drive and the sun was belting down when we left. As we arrived, it was pretty busy and I didn’t realise but parking was a little bit of an issue. I had in my mind it would be like Eastbourne and we’d glide into a parking space in an instant, but it was a real struggle. There is a lot of street parking but in the end, we decided to park at the St Leonard’s open car park (just off the seafront) – it’s a 10 minute walk to the pier but Emma loves a little ramble.
We walked all the way up to the pier and sat on the beach, inspecting all the stones. The beach is truly beautiful and even though it was an extremely windy day, it was lovely to visit somewhere new for a change. Emma is always so calm on the beach for some reason and for us it is the perfect thing to do together, where we can both just chill out and watch the waves go by.
The pier was a lot bigger than the Brighton Pier but perhaps it was because the layout is so wide and open. I loved it and thought it was much more modern than Brighton’s. They had a little cafe there to grab a cheeky coffee and Emma loved running around from one end to the other! I could see that the windy weather was turning stormy so we decided to have a little look around the town before heading home. There were lots of shops and it reminded me of Eastbourne in its own way – what a perfect little town for us to visit.
As it approached 5pm, I suddenly realised that I had mistimed it all and wouldn’t arrive home until past 6pm. Ah another classic from me, and sure enough the little lady fell asleep in the back before we even got off the motorway. But it was worth it – a huge thumbs up from us to find another seaside town we love and hope to return back some day with the boys in tow!
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