We spent our last day jn the UK visiting my cousin Sandy in Brighton who I last saw 8 years ago. She's gotten married and had 2 gorgeous kids since then so there was lots to catch up on!
They showed us the sights around Brighton including the amazing Royal Pavilion (a palace the king built to keep his mistresses) and lively Brighton Pier, and then took us out to lunch at their favorite restaurant, Piccolo.
Brighton was so beautiful and seemed a lot more laid back in comparison to London - it was also a lot colder being a seaside town.
On our way back to London, we threw caution to the wind and jumped off the train before our stop. We made our way through the old London streets with little more than a tube map, a camera and a few quid in hand. we ventured to the westminster district and saw some of the main sights under lights. Then, like two leaves blowing in the wind, we found ourselves in Leicester square - the entertainment district - which was thriving with revelers making their way to the clubs and , and through the busy streets of Chinatown.
Finally, we stopped in at the local chop shop - yes that's what it's called, not some Asian quip - for a small serving of Singapore noodles and steamed gyoza.
Nuha and Brendan (adventure novelist)