A day in Brighton
19.08.2010 - 19.08.2010 66 °F
Today was our first full day in Brighton. The weather was odd. Couldn't seem to decide whether it wanted to be sunny and warm or cold, overcast and windy. Drastic changes in temperature throughout the day but luckily no rain (again!). We slept late (until about 9:00) after the excitement from yesterday and went down to have the breakfast buffet in the hotel. The breakfast was pretty good for a hotel buffet. They were able to fix a gluten-free omelet for Elaina. Allan Michael said he likes English sausage better than ours (it's not spicy but sweet, I think like italian sausage).
After breakfast I went to register for my meeting with Mom and kids. I ran into several work colleagues along the way. After getting checked in for the meeting, we left and went walking around Brighton. Walked along the beach but it was nothing like back home. There are large stones all over the beach (not fine pebbles, rocks). The water was quite rough and the weather at the time was cool so no one put more than their fingertips in the water.
We strolled along the sea front. There is a pretty long boardwalk with shops and bars and restaurants all along the way. We went to Brighton Pier. Lots of opportunity to spend your money there. There are sliding machines where you drop in coins until you hope a few drop out the other side. Of course we weren't the lucky ones. We bought tokens for the rides and luckily the kids were too short for most of them which thankfully limited the impact on the wallet. They took in a few rides and then we went off for a long stroll through The Lanes. The oldest part of Brighton to a restaurant that is supposed to have gluten-free food. It was mostly cold salads and was good for Mom and me and ok for the kids but not great. I don't think we'll go back.
We came back to the room and then I took the kids down for a quick swim in the heated pool of the hotel. Then they got dressed up and we all went to the Welcome Reception for my meeting. It was a bit boring for the kids- no good food (although they were nice enough to prepare a nice plate of gluten-free canapes for Elaina - she didn't really like them and I can't say I blamed her). I visited with several old friends and colleagues briefly (Anna from Iceland, Maarit from Finland, Annalisa from London and several RTI-HS folks from the RTP, Waltham and Barcelona offices) then we had to leave because kids (and adults) hadn't really had enough snacks for dinner. We ran into Sue West on the way out and she came back to our hotel and ate with us (It was so good last night and we knew they had gluten-free food so we came back - plus it was easy to take kids up for bed after it was over).
Tomorrow my meetings start at 7am and go until 7pm or so at least then we'll have dinner. So Mom will have kids the entire day alone. I'll have to get her to write up (or more likely dictate to me) the events of the day.
I've uploaded more pictures from yesterday and today. Sorry they are not in a good order. I can't figure out how to rearrange them. They seem to sort themselves from most recent to oldest when I upload them most of the time.