29 December 2016
While staying in Anerley, we seized the opportunity to make a day trip out to Brighton - a popular seaside destination for Londoners. As Anerley is in the south, we could catch the train from East Croydon rather than having to go all the way to Victoria Station, saving us a little time and effort. The train ride was uneventful, and the view out the window was frankly uninteresting, so we'll skip to the good bits.
We walked to the end of the pier and back, finding that a large section of it contained yet another coin arcade for low-level gamblers. (We sacrificed a 2p coin just to have the privilege to say that we gambled in Brighton!) Was this city attempting to become the Vegas of the United Kingdom? It sure seemed like it! Also along the way were a series of crappy-looking food stalls all selling either waffles or rock candy or churros or crêpes or hot dogs or candy floss. At the very end were a few amusement park rides, but without many patrons it felt quite depressing (there were only two people in the dodgem cars and they were pretty good at dodging each other - probably because they were going so slowly).
Going further downtown, we meandered through The Lanes, which are a collection of narrow alleyways chock full of tiny boutiques. In one particular lane, there was an abundance of jewellery stores - so many that it seemed impossible they could all stay in business at the same time. There were also clothing stores and antique stores, with colourful street art sporadically placed that brightoned (lol) the dim passageways.
As it was nearing lunchtime, we toed-and-froed for quite some time trying to decide where to go for lunch. We read many menus of Lonely Planet recommended restaurants, but ended up throwing out the rule book and opting for a Mediterranean café because they offered great sounding mezze platters. Unfortunately, we found the mezze to be uninspiring and not anywhere near the 4.5-star average that it scored on Tripadvisor. Regardless of that minor disappointment, it wasn't terrible and it filled us up. To cheer ourselves, we skipped down to Gelato Gusto to cram the remaining space in our bellies with sweet treats. They had several vegan choices and I opted for the apple pie flavour and chocolate chip peanut butter, with an Oreo brownie on the side. It was so delicious!
Today's post was almost called: 2p or Not 2p, that is the Concession (Where Low Denomination Coins Go To Die)