Travel with kids and some sites in Brighton, England

This week we took a brief holiday in southern England.

We went down on Monday and came back on Friday so it was a quick trip, but we got to spend time with family, experience some warmer weather, and enjoy the city and beach of Brighton for a couple of days. It was wonderful.

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What we look like when we travel.

Our trip was around 9 hours each way with 7 of those in trains. In our two travel days we did taxi, bus, London Underground, and five different trains. Needless to say it was quite a feat with small children, but it went remarkably well. However, it is exhausting.

Traveling like this, there is really not a single moment to relax as a parent. You are always 100% alert. Even if you aren’t running through the tube station trying to make sure no children are lost, you are still constantly “on.”

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London Underground

With five kids, two babies in carriers, one in a stroller, and two stellar walkers, that’s a lot of potential for mishaps and meltdowns, or missed trains. We had to run to catch two of our trains thanks to short connection times, and one train was so packed (loads of passengers standing), that it made the trip quite stressful.

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Brighton Beach fun with cousins {Hudson Taylor committed to spending his life in China on this beach}

The London Underground was difficult because there are so. many. stairs. Brian had to carry the stroller up and down, so I carried our two pieces of luggage.

I may have looked a little desperate with a baby on me, carrying luggage, and trying to keep my eyes on my other kids walking in front of me, but I couldn’t believe how many people offered to help with the stairs. I think I only ended up actually carrying luggage on one flight, which considering the amount of stairs we did is saying something.

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The Royal Pavilion (George IV) modeled after the Taj Mahal

Travel with kids is never easy. Public transportation does make it a little trickier and more nerve wracking. Oh the people! But any type of travel with children is hard. Kids are off schedule, they are in the unknown, they are confined in small spaces for long hours.

A couple of times I felt like crying, but of course there wasn’t any time for that! Several times I looked at Brian and said “this is crazy!” And it was a little bit crazy.

But it’s worth it. These are memories we carry with us for a lifetime.

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The architecture in Brighton was just beautiful

The best part of the trip was spending time with my family. My parents, sister, and brother and his family all came up from France. When you live far away from any family, you treasure any time you get to be together.

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 Chapel Royal {Winston Churchill attended here as a boy}

I never tire of walking around a new city and taking in the sites. It just doesn’t get old for me.

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Not the greatest picture, but I really did feel like I could be in a Jane Austen movie here!

It was a great trip and a nice, if short, summer holiday. I need a little break before I tackle another trip that long, but I’m just crazy enough that I would totally do it again! 😉

Comments

  1. We so very much enjoyed our vacation in England. We found the people amazing and friendly. I wasn’t surprised they helped you with the stairs. (There are a LOT of stairs!) Glad you could go. We want to go again. We LOVED England. One of the things for us that was so good about it was the fact we actually spoke the language. I’m so glad you guys got the family time.

  2. I love that so many people offered to help you! Glad you have fun even if you do need a vacation from your vacation now that you’re back. Love the pictures!

  3. You are very brave to travel like this with five young children – I am very impressed! I agree with you that these kinds of trips are exhausting, but well worth the effort. I am very happy to hear that people helped you carry your luggage!

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