June 15, 2013

London - Brighton - The Royal Pavilion

Brighton is well known for the extravagance of King George IV.  He tricked out the Royal Pavilion into an Asian inspired pleasure palace.
We strolled around the exterior and admired the facade and gardens.
Brave sunbathers sat outside despite chilly temperatures.
Photos weren't allowed inside but the tour was fascinating. My favorite features included a long hall lined with Chinese bobble-heads and the dining hall featuring an enormous gilded dragon chandelier. The dining room commonly hosted 20+ course dinners of epic proportions which must have contributed greatly to King George's obesity and ill-health in later life. The Royal Pavilion was quite a spectacle and is a must do for any trip to Brighton.

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