Welcome to my series: A Day with MBV In Brighton. I believe this is my fourth addition and hope you are enjoying my series. Read Series: A Day with MBV…
What is #MYMICROGAP?
Well if you have been keeping up with my Instagram feed, you will already know! I had to say that again lol! MyMicroGap is about squeezing the best bits of a gap year into a few days somewhere in the UK.
The trip in Brighton was about switching off from the usual bustle of life and unwind in Brighton for the day. It’s funny how I never really explore a different city in England. What I can say after now is that leaving London for a day was an excellent idea for me. I’m often looking on Skyscanner for the next plane to catch. When instead, I could just have a look at my doorstep. 7 Fantastic Tools That will Have You Solo Travelling with Confidence
Where is Brighton?
Brighton was granted the city status in 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II. The city is located by a seaside resort on the English Channel, 51 miles (82 km) south of central London. The city is famously known as London-on-Sea. This is because so many people commute daily from Brighton to London for work.
I have always made a visit to Brighton to see friends at University, but I had never explored it in the same way as I did with traverse. As this was a press trip, I will write the post in a different style compared to my usual format.
First things, First… Tour Guide
We started the day with a tour around the city by a tour guide named Julian. Julian knew so much about Brighton, even the small alleyways. The things we saw:
- The Royal Pavilion
- Brighton Beach
- Quadrophenia Alley
- Brighton’s Kissing Spot
- Brighton Lanes
I was certainly impressed by how patient Julian was with us taking pictures of the sites he showed us! The tour lasted about an hour and made me think more about travelling to other towns and cities in England.
Second Stop… Food Glorious Food
We then went to do my favourite thing in the world after travelling! Yes, you guessed right we went to eat some food! Lunch was kindly hosted by Terre à Terre restaurant in Brighton Lanes. The restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant where vegetarianism is more about indulgence than abstinence. I have been vegetarian in the past for other reasons.
We were given a sharing platter between two of a taste of what’s on the menu. It included battered deep-fried halloumi cheese with vodka spiked tomato and pickled quails egg, Korean fried cauliflower with a chestnut puree, kimchi underneath and crispy kale on top, summer thyme socca with a tomato salsa, tofu in a wasabi crust with a black bean and red cabbage hummus and a seaweed takioyka rice cracker, a spiced Indian potato ball with black lentil dhal, coriander pesto and mango puree and a Arame Wakame vegetable thread salad. See the pictures below:
Third Stop… Yoga
After eating, we headed to the beach to get stuck into our activities for the day. I first had a class with Bridget from Yoga in the Lanes. I have never done Yoga before, so was keen to try something new in a peaceful location by the beach.
Bridget, our teacher, was excellent. I can’t say I was terrific, but you can go and check out my moves on my latest IGTV on my Instagram page. One thing I did really enjoy about the yoga class was the focus on getting my breathing right. I learnt lots of movements for people who sit at their desk on a daily and think I might take up Yoga after this session.
Fourth stop… Sauna
This was a fantastic treat after a session of Yoga. The Beach Box Sauna was quite the experience! Now I have been to many saunas before but nothing quite like this one. The Beach Box allows you to connect with your body. We were first asked to drink lots of water – which I was grateful for and given a hat to keep our heads fresh. I have never worn a hat in a sauna, so I was really excited. There were two sauna sessions, one of which I experienced a special treatment haha!
I really enjoyed the sauna treatment. The staff treated me to a body scrub and fed me some the tastiest oranges I have tasted in my life. I felt so relaxed after that I couldn’t believe I was still in the UK.
The sauna is something I would suggest for anyone to do and it’s not expensive at all. You can have treatment as cheap as £10 for 60 mins. Things you might want to bring with you
- 2 towels (one to sit on in the sauna)
- Beach shoes, recommended in all outside areas
- water bottle (water provided)
I hope you enjoyed my reading on my first press trip! I would like to give a special thanks to Visit England and Visit Brighton for hosting me on a well-needed Switching Off Day.
It’s incredible how we don’t value a city close by to us. After taking this trip, I will be making more of an effort to see other cities close to home. What about you do you explore your own country? Give me some tips!