….. in Lewes.
During my 4 days visit to Brighton I had a fantastic day with “mrs jones” – Suzanne@The Travelbunny.
She had just returned from San Francisco, where she had been with a big group of people – so my last day in Brighton we decided to have date on. She asked me if I wanted to go somewhere special and I felt for visit Lewes. A lovely picturesque town just outside Brighton. Had been there only once before for a meeting on one of the hotels, but I really liked what I manage to seen of the place.
So Suzanne picked me up at my hotel … and it all resulted in a very pleasant adventure.
Lewes is the county town of the administrative county of East Sussex, England and historically of all of Sussex. It is a civil parish and is the center of the Lewes local government district. Population of around 17,000.
The town’s most important annual event is the Lewes Bonfire celebrations on 5 November, Guy Fawkes Night. In Lewes this event not only marks the date of the uncovering of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, but also commemorates the memory of the seventeen. I remember while living in Brighton that the Lewes Bonfire was a must – there was special trains put in from London, up to 80,000 spectators is attending. Don’t ask me why I never went there.
Have a little story about Lewes Bonfire – I decided to go to Bath for a couple of days with my finance during the Bonfire events and after watching the Bonfire we was freezing and decided to visit a pub. I had never been to Bath before, but as we stepped into the pub I heard: Hi, there Wivi!!! I was chocked and couldn’t believe that I were “famous” in Bath too. Couldn’t believe my ears.
It was one of our crew members on the Newhaven – Dieppe route that lived in Lewes and wanted to escape the Bonfire madness … and went to Bath too. So the word hadn’t been travelling faster than me. *laughing.
Lewes is also famous for it’s castle – Lewes Castle was built in 1069 by William de Warenne. The castle is currently open to visitors, we walked around the area. It is fantastic view from up there and it’s situated just off the High Street in the middle of the town.
“mrs jones” and I visit some shops … there is plenty for lovely shops in the town – we stopped for a coffee at one of the pubs that we figured out was owned by Lewes famous ale brewery, Harvey’s Brewery – a small family business that has been going since 1790 – the oldest brewery in Sussex. Also a fine wine merchant today.
In the window to the brewery’s shop we met “pretty polly” – a beautiful 50 shades of grey parrot.
We had a late lunch at a FAB place; restaurant and shop, “Billy’s”– a very colorful concept that is now found at 44 places all over UK. They have one in Bristol and Bath, one I will visit when I go there during the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Bristol, in beginning of August.
At “Billy’s” was I introduced to Pink Lemonade, the best soft drink I ever tasted. Got 4 small bottles as a present by “mrs jones”. Have still 3 left. It’s made in France for them. Going to bring more with me back … in August.
We both had “marinated chicken skewers” served on a cous cous salad
with tomato, mint, parsley and lemon with tzatziki and wholemeal pitta bread – £9.95. Great choice by me. *smile and me that never drink anything to my food … got 2 bottles of that lemonade into me.
And if I don’t remember wrongly I got a rhubarb and stem ginger crème brûlée
ginger nut biscuits with my cappuccino – or maybe I was only thinking about it.
The snowdrops was already (end of January) blooming in some of the gardens – it was a day with spring in the air .. even if the sun wasn’t out all the time. It even snowed for a short while as we walked up the castle.
We both fell in love with the same little car – a Nissan Figaro – this car was originally sold only in Japan, was born in 1991.
“mrs jones” had been my storage unit for things that I wasn’t able to bring with me home from Dublin/Belfast and I also had added a couple of things. Thanks a million for that, Suzanne.
We were back in Brighton around 5pm and it had been a superb day with just enough of everything and I enjoyed “mrs jones” company very much and she made my day in Lewes to something very special.
Had planed to have dinner at a place by name “Coal Shed” (next time) – but back in my hotel room with all the packing ahead of me – I ended up in the hotel’s dinning room instead and enjoyed their “fish & chips” and their brilliant “bread & butter pudding” – not so good as mine, but close enough. I’m sure theirs has less calories than mine.
“mrs jones”, a hearty thank you for giving me time for a day … and for being you. And I promise that I will back in Brighton again and I hope that means we will be able to take on another day together.
By the way, “mrs jones” … Copenhagen airport is only 2 hours away!!!!!
“Life needs more beaches and bonfires”