A Weekend Trip To East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton

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Best to view this on your computer so you can listen to this as you read and scroll through the pics! It'll put you right there :)

I had arranged to meet a few friends that I had met at the Surrey Local Milk Retreat back in February (see my blog post about that here). We threw around ideas of meeting in London or Brighton but I decided that since they were all located near Brighton and I hadn't visited in a while, and I love exploring, I offered to come to them.

I decided to make a weekend out of it and travel the coast and all the little villages. So that is what I did!

Lewes

We stayed at Pelham House, an adorable tucked away boutique hotel off the main street in Lewes, home to Glyndeborne. Glyndebourne is famously known for its Opera and is a gorgeous setting to visit and dress up if you get the chance to attend on of their performances.

Pelham House dining room

Pelham House dining room

Pelham House

Pelham House

Pelham House hotel, Lewes

Pelham House hotel, Lewes

Pelham House gardens

Pelham House gardens

Pelham House ceiling

Pelham House ceiling

Pelham House

Pelham House

Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle

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Ditchling Beacon - National Trust

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Chikae Okishima Howland_Ditchling Beacon_National Trust

To get to the Poppy fields we had to brave the open road and carefully watch for cars as we hobbled along the edge and then climbed our way into the fields. It is so worth doing!

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Chikae Okishima Howland_Ditchling Beacon_Poppy Fields_National Trust
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Chikae Okishima Howland_Ditchling Beacon_Poppy Fields_National Trust

The Seven Sisters - National Trust

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Chikae Okishima Howland_The Seven Sisters
Chikae Okishima Howland_The Seven Sisters

I Gigi, Brighton

I Gigi is an amazing interior, homeware, women's boutique and cafe in the heart of Brighton. As you can see from the colour palette it is so calming and you instantly breathe a sigh of serenity as you enter. I want to live here. Basically. The women's boutique is just a few stores down from the general store and cafe. If you want to eat at the cafe, especially on the weekend, be prepared to queue, it can get incredibly busy! The owners Alex and Zoe are both so incredibly sweet and really made my experience at the store so wonderful. They also provide interior design services - something I so want their help with at some point in my life!

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I bought a similar vase to this, same size, different colour! :) So happy

I bought a similar vase to this, same size, different colour! :) So happy

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I also bought some of these lavender smelling soaps to put in my very own marble dish at home

I also bought some of these lavender smelling soaps to put in my very own marble dish at home

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I wanted to bring attention to the National Trust, a great cause that allows for people to become members for a small fee annually, that ensures that all the heritage buildings, gardens, wildlife and more around the UK and Ireland are protected and looked after. One of the things I love about the UK is how well we preserve our historical landmarks. So I am more than happy to be a member of the National Trust, I encourage you to also look into doing so! :) You can then enter any of the hundreds of beautiful locations for free, and perhaps have a spot of afternoon tea along the way!

On another note...

I learnt how to make my first ever cinemagraph while out there.