|the Royal Pavilion, former summer home of Prince George in Brighton, UK|
|my yellow New Year in June hat|
We reached Brighton and took a cab ride from the train station. The ride gave us a peek of the vibrant happenings at the pier and beach. But I was dismayed at our hotel…it was a walk-up! Without an elevator, we were given a room at the fourth floor! But gallant Bill took everything up to our room. We ventured out to find a Laundromat and, on the way, we stumbled upon a lovely garden dedicated to the prevention of AIDS. After, we found a suitable diner for some English roasts. It was Father’s Day and Bill deserved his night out!
|AIDS Parkin Brighton, UK|
|British Heart Foundation's bikeathon Finish Line|
@ Brighton Beach with the Brighton Pier as background
|a nice view of the Brighton Wheel|
Foremost to see was the Canterbury Cathedral, founded in 597 AD as the home of the leader of the Anglican Church. It is where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 by knights of King Henry II in the struggle between the power of the Church and State. The Cathedral became a popular place for pilgrimage, especially after his posthumous veneration as St. Thomas, and is now a World Heritage Site.
|Westgate of the Roman Wall in Canterbury|
Judging by these two lovely towns, the vibrant, colorful, and creative Brighton, Londoners' favorite day trip, and Canterbury, a historic city, a World Heritage Site, and a pilgrim's favorite, our English road trip promises to be a memorable one! Especially since my daughter Trish and granddaughter Yeye are joining us!