Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Brighton is on the southern coast of England, about 50+ miles (1 hour train) from London. It's now a basic modern town with tons of shopping, a coast (rocks but no sand for the beach), and a place called the Royal Pavilion.

The Royal Pavilion was built in the early 1800s by the later to become King George IV. The architecture is constructed in the oriental style and one can easily imagine being in an old Chinese palace during the 1800s. Dragons play a prominent role in the decorations and architecture. George built the pavilion primarily for the means of entertaining and to impress people.

It certainly would have done just that. The building is enormous in size and has gilt gold all throughout as well as solid gold art/dishes/ornamentation. The dining room causes the visitor to immediately look upwards at the breathtaking chandelier and ornate decoration. The inside of Buckingham palace is similar in luxuriousness.

At the time it was built, the kitchen was a state of the art master piece. It is enormous with 5 spits to roast separate meats on, two huge preparation tables and a steam heating plate in the middle of the room to keep dishes warm.

I also had the opportunity to watch the sun set behind the clouds, out over the water, seagulls flying about, and an old pier in the foreground.

Brighton Sunset

Royal Pavilion


Unknown said...

Hey Andrew, nothing really going on here, I'm going to Rockhurst next year for college, I don't know what I want to be yet. I hope I find out soon. How life?

Unknown said...

question, are you living in London are just visting?

Andrew Allen said...

Yep, I'm living in London. Paddington to be precise. You know the kids story of Paddington bear, well he's my next door neighbor, seriously. No problems with the knowing what you want to be when you grow up. I think 80% of adults probably wonder the same thing.

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