Wanderlust Wednesday: Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Once again I apologize for my shameful lack of posts. This time in two weeks I will be spending my last night as a Holder before becoming a Allnutt. Once the wedding is over regular blog posts will resume. For such a small wedding it is amazing how many things still seem to need doing! Anyway, to this weeks location, two pictures this week!

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Brightons Royal Pavilion is now as much associated with the city as its beach however when some people I know saw photos of me in front of it they asked when I had been to India – no they were not joking but they cannot be blamed, if you do not know of its location then one would well assume it is Indian.

The pavilion was deigned by the Prince Regent who wanted to create a residence more opulent than anything ever known. All the interior decorations and furnishings were oriental in origin and shipped over to England at great expense. After his death Queen Victoria whom is rumored to have disliked Brighton and the pavilion sold it to the city. The building was stripped of its lavish interior and used as assembly rooms. After the second world war the pavilion was restored to its original appearance during its ownership by the Prince.

The pavilion and its parkland is now a very popular attraction and draws in excess of a million visitors every year. When I was there last summer we used the gardens as a place to cool down, it made a lovely setting. The Pavilion is one if Britains most unusual buildings and is a must-see for anyone coming to the city.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Whilst visiting Kingston Lacy house in Dorset a couple of years ago I was desperate for shade – I am incredibly pale and thus burn easily. Thankfully there was a very big tree in the grounds which I was able to take refuge under. I was very taken with the details of this trees branches, luckily it was positioned in such a way that I was able to photograph it and the house together. I have always considered this one of my favourite photos and I feel it is perfect for this weeks challenge.

Kingston Lacy was the home of the Bankes family, they previously lived in Corfe Castle (also in Dorset) which was captured during the English Civil War. The house was built between 1663 and 1665. Out of the many National Trust properties I have been too this one has the most rooms open and is incredibly well-run.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details