Monday, 29 September 2014

Brighton, Beaches & Bikes

A lot has been going on recently, my life is everywhere what with moving, trying to get rid of old & unwanted stuff, buying hella huge amounts of new stuff and having a social life all at once (you can read about my moving out experience so far here) Amongst all this hectic-ness, James and I have managed to smuggle ourselves away for a few trips to the seaside.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in August (23- 25 Aug 2014) James & I had planned a trip to Brighton. James over the past two years has heavily gotten into scooters and all the nostalgia that comes with it; Mods, Music, Lambrettas, Vespas & QUADROPHENIA! Since falling in love with all things scooter related, it has been on our to do list to go to the Brighton Scooter Ride Out and decided we would tick it off this year.

We stayed in the perfectly placed Kemp Townhouse guest house which is down one of the narrow roads set back from the sea front. Whilst the rooms are small, they are perfectly formed and decorated so elegantly. The breakfasts they had on offer were delicious and their range of complimentary drinks was good too, even providing mini marshmallows for an evenings hot choc.

Upon arrival, we didn't waste much time and got exploring straight away. Arriving at 8am on the Saturday morning, we wanted to make the most of the lovely weather and ventured to the pier. At that time it was pretty much occupied by just James and I and I wouldn't of had it any other way if I could choose. It was so nice & peaceful and was an excellent start to our weekend getaway ♥

Soon the mods from far and wide started to arrive and with them they brought such amazing nostalgia. All the guys looked amazing in their suits and loafers, parkas & dm's and the women looked PHENOMINAL. Hair perfectly trimmed into bobs or swept into beehives with skirts shorter than a short thing. It is so liberating to see all these beautiful girls dressed in these amazing outfits, oozing confidence and style.

The bikes were great too. I love how people customise them; pretty colours, fancy wraps, tartan seat covers, cute picnic baskets on the back. I just love it. I totally wish I grew up in the 60s & 70s - it seems like such an amazing pair of decades to have experienced. Whilst I can appreciate it 40 years on, paying homage to it with a beehive and thick, flicked eye liner, to actually be there and experience it first hand has such a huge appeal to me.

Unfortunately when it came to the ride out on the Sunday afternoon, we weren't in the greatest of locations to appreciate the mass of scooters that had congregated. We found ourselves at the end of the crowed and before we knew it they had all lined up and set off to the grassy cliff as seen in Quadrophenia. Still, we had a fabulous time and I left with a huge want list of items to get my 60s on.

Soon after, James and I went to Hunstanton on the weekend of the 6 September. We are rather lucky as James' parents have a caravan there so we can pretty much have seaside getaways whenever we choose. We had planned to go on this particular weekend as every year they have a Mods & Rockers event on the green, surrounding the band stand in Hunstanton town. We went last year too which if you would like to read about, you can do just that here :)

The weather was great, and although I sadly didn't take any photos, there was so many lovely bikes. The variety is huge from chunky motorbikes to scooters with side cars. This particular year there was a rather interesting 'biker' in the form of Harley the Hairy Biker, a huge St Bernard dog riding in the side car of a huge Honda. Complete with goggles and helmet, Harley looked so cute and was without a doubt the highlight of the Mods and Rockers event!

Picture of Harley direct link

We were also lucky enough to go on a seal trip in Blakeney which was amazing! We went with Beans Boat Trips and the guide was fantastic. He was entertaining without being OTT and gave loads of interesting facts and tales of the seals, fisherman and the fishing boats that had made their home in the waters.

The seals themselves were so interesting and funny to watch; hopping along on their sides and itching with their flippers. I particularly liked the babies all small and white and full of flubber. The big papa seals were ginormous. Lounging on the sand, yawning all day long didn't seem too bad & I think they quite enjoyed it too. I would definitely take a trip back in the future and would highly recommend going if you are in the Blakeney area.

I hoped you liked reading about my seaside escapades all be it a few weeks late!

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