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playing in brighton, england

November 6th | adventures, family

One thing I really wanted to do on our trip to England was to visit Brighton. I’ve read about it in Jane Austen novels and I’ve seen pics here and there. And it was gorgeous. And so windy! At least it was windy the day we visited. The kids had fun in the arcade and we found a great fish and chips restaurant on the pier. David wasn’t feeling well–he caught a cold and was not happy. So we cuddled him lots and didn’t stay for more than a few hours.

Next time we’re in England I’m hoping to visit Bath. I’d love to visit Jane Austen’s birthplace. Are you a Jane Austen fan? I absolutely adore Emma and Pride and Prejudice. Well all of them really! What’s your favorite Jane Austen novel?

24 Responses

  1. Tanya says:

    Bath is a beautiful city with so much to see and do! Sorry to see you had a cloudy, windy day for Brighton. We went on one of the hottest (80F is a scorcher here in the UK) days of the summer and enjoyed blue skies.

    http://txtanya.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/brighton.html

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      Sounds like you picked a great day to go to Brighton! I am so happy that you love Bath, I can’t wait to go there one day.

  2. i love living vicariously through all your travel photos. thanks so much for sharing! & yes, most definitely a jane austen fan!

  3. I absolutely LOVED visiting Bath -very cool place! I remember there was a little cafe, or maybe it was a chocolate store that had the most creamy, rich sipping chocolate… I wish I could remember the name, but if and when you go, get some!

  4. ahdra says:

    Loved the pictures and hearing about your trip! Love JA too, but my favorite is Persuasion. :)

  5. Lauren says:

    Such great pictures! I am a huge Pride and Prejudice fan, but Persuasion is probably my favorite! After this post I am adding Brighton to my list of ‘musts’ next time I am in England!

  6. Whitney says:

    Pride and Prejudice by far….everything about it.

  7. You really have been from top to toe in the UK! Sounds like you have had a lot of fun.

    Funny, I always associate Bath rather than Brighton with Austen – it is much more evocative of that period, go if you ever get the chance! x

  8. I love Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, and Persuasion… Just kidding, I love them ALL.

  9. Rachael B says:

    Love love Emma! My mom has made us watch the movie with Gwenyth Paltrow so many times I think we have it memorized! I don’t think there’s a Jane Austen novel that I don’t like! I would love to visit all of these places someday- beautiful photos Lisa!

  10. carey says:

    I dont’ know if anything can beat Pride & Prejudice but Persuasion is also a favorite.

  11. Leone Cabban says:

    Can I ask a really silly question, what sort of camera do you use? As your photos are always so crisp and clear. And you not seem o have any problems with low light. Makes me want to visit England.

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      You are so sweet Leone. I use a Nikon D5000 and I love it. A lens that I would recommend to you for crisp photos would be a 50mm 1.8 lens. It is totally affordable and something nice to keep in your purse. Hope this helps!

  12. Caroline says:

    Bath is a particular favourite of mine – not only because it is a really lovely place, or because of the Roman Baths there, but I have memories from my childhood of when my Uncle was Bishop of Bath and Wells – there were swans in the moat and they were trained to come when they rang the gong!! Have you seen the film “Becoming Jane” – it is about the life of Jane Austen, and my husband and I loved it! The Jane Austen House Museum is In Alton in Hampshire (UK) and if you’re ever around there, I think it’s well worth the visit too! – as you can tell, I am a Jane Austen fan too!!

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      I am so happy that we share a love for Jane Austen! She is so inspiring in my eyes. Bath sounds like it means so much to you, thank you for sharing that with me Caroline. I hope to one day go there and see all of its beauty!

  13. Kelli says:

    That pier is so cool! And your pic of the stormy sea looks like a painting. I’m chilly just looking at these!

    I love Emma. And I loved Gwyneth as Emma. Sigh.

  14. Christal says:

    I went to Brighton to visit family for a month, 2 summers ago, and I also visited Bath. I, too, am a Jane Austen fanatic and LOVED both places.

  15. Margaret says:

    Really enjoyed seeing where you visited on your visit to England, thank you for sharing your lovely photos and so pleased you’ve had such a great time. Hurry back soon and yep, definitely visit Bath. Amazing to see you visited Mead Farm, I’ve had many happy visits there with my children! Hope David’s cold has gone and he’s feeling better :)

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      Thank you Margaret! We are back in California now and settling into the new time change. Thank you for following my blog while we were on our trip!

  16. Jenny B. says:

    Glad to see there are people who love Persuasion as much as I do. I love all her other books as well, but Persuasion just has something special in it. Have you seen the BBC version with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds? It is not only a great movie, but it was shot on location in Bath. When we were in Bath, I loved coming around corners and seeing things that were used in the movie, it was too fun.

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