Since we just did the Brighton Dome yesterday, we thought we'd try to do We Love Brighton's #22 on the list... Get a History Lesson at the Royal Pavilion.
Thankfully this task doesn't say we have to go inside, as we're all feeling a bit strapped for cash after spending all our money on burgers, but we've had a good explore of the gardens and lounge on the lush grass, as well as kicking back at the cafe that overlooks the back of the palace (see our movie moments Day 20: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). So, we decided the best course of action to get a history lesson, other than a tour, was to visit the Royal Pavilion gift store!
The Pavilion always seems to be busy with keen tourists and visitors, and today was no different, with masses of school kids wandering the premises, so pushing into the gift store was a bit of a mission - but we got there! And what a treasure load of gifts and souveniers! What half the products had to do with the Royal Pavilion we're not sure... maybe the presence of Indian soldiers at a certain point in history is reason enough to have elephant statues for sale in the gift store? We guess that the original ownership of the Royal Pavilion by the Royal family justifies the sale of a book on how to greet The Queen. We're not sure how Dowtown Abbey fits into the history of the Royal Pavilion, but this book will be incredibley useful if we ever decide to apply for a job as household staff for an elite family if we ever time travel back to the early 20th century... (available online from amazon if you're really keen)
And if you want some masquerade costumes, teatowels, cookbooks, soaps or chocolate along with your regular souveniers then this is the palce to go!
Anyway, there are loads of books on the history of the Royal Pavilion, which is a beautifully ornate and opulent palace and is an iconic piece of architecture. It seems that the existence of many of Brighton's stunning buildings owe much to the building of the pavilion and residence of the Royal family in Brighton. Brighton evolved from a fishing village to a retreat for the wealthy... and Prince George's reputation as a womanising party-man probably encouraged all those bored socialites to come to the seaside! With the palace just down the road, now we really believe [our completely made up stories of ] the history of the residents of our flat!
So, we had our self taught history lesson. Then we went to the cafe and had a decadent cheese toastie.
If you're interested in the history of the pavilion, or want to have a look at some pictures of the palace you're best have a peek at this -