I've just spent a few lovely nights in Brighton visiting my middle son and spending some 'us' time with OH. I've mentioned before that my son works for Hilton so we get their Friends and Family rate. This means we get to stay in a very nice room for a fraction of the cost. And if the hotel is quiet we sometimes get a suite! The hotel was quiet this weekend ;-)
We did a few touristy things but mostly just enjoyed walking along the promenade in the sunshine and browsing the vintage shops in The Lanes.
Our room had a balcony overlooking the sea. Looking right was the recently opened i360 (we went up it even though I'm scared of heights!) and looking left you can see Brighton Pier in the distance. The original pier (top photo) fell into disrepair and eventually burnt down. I think the remains look rather beautiful and dramatic. I took loads of photos trying to capture the right image of it. I rather like that one!
We did splash out on a few very nice meals. But on the whole it didn't cost too much for the break with the cheap hotel rate and budget airline tickets. Getting away from everything was just the tonic I needed!