Coach Excursion to the Royal Pavillion, Brighton - June 2019

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Our coach full of CREST members had an amazing outing to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton in June.

We were grateful for clear roads and a sunny day to enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens and many
of us made it to the beach too.

But the exotic pavilion, created by George IV,
was the highlight.

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It was his seaside pleasure palace, designed as he imagined the Orient to be. It is eccentric, with an indian exterior and chinese interior. George was a lover of parties, music and culture and the furnishings are richly extravagant.

During a private tour our experienced guide showed us to magnificent chandeliers and hand painted wallpapers. In the Banqueting Room, laid out for a feast, with hundreds of dishes and dozens of courses, golden cutlery indicated that desert was imminent. Some of George’s parties lasted days! The Great Kitchen was a revolution in its time, being close to the dining room. Serpents and guardian dragons decorated the Music Room, bamboo and banana plants appeared at every turn.

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The building has survived arson, storms and fire, and is a much loved treasure of the people of Brighton. We all want to go back again!