The Grand Hotel Eastbourne

Winter afternoon treat at the Grand Hotel Eastbourne today. The epitome of old Englishness and luxury, I never tire of this fabulous hotel. Was interested to see whose shoes I followed into that beautiful building. Apparently Claude Debussy, Ernest Shackleton, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Bros have all preceded me:

https://www.grandeastbourne.com/140-years-of-the-grand

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

#Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King. Inspirational Baptist minister and political activist, he played a key role in ending legal segregation of African-American citizens and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

In 2017 I toured America’s Deep South and was moved beyond words to retrace Martin Luther King’s history.

‘You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say’ Martin Luther King’.

Funky Blue Sail Away Party

Funky Blue are the resident band on the Braemar cruise ship. They’re a covers band playing Rock, Pop and Motown from the fifties right through to the present day. As well as sail away and deck parties they also play three or four sets a night in the Coral Club Lounge. I’m slightly biased- my partner is the band leader- but they are a fabulous feel good party band that immediately gets the audience on their feet dancing the night away.

When not on the ship they are available for weddings, parties and anything else requiring fabulous live music.

Photographs by Sean Saye.

Hello in Antwerp!

So this weekend Antwerp, situated in the Flemish region of Belgium, was our meeting point.

I arrived by Eurostar: https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en via Brussels into the magnificent Antwerp Central station.

and The Braemar sailed in up the River Scheldt

Our overnight stay this time was at the Astoria Hotel on the Diamond Quarter:

https://astoria-antwerp.com

Breakfast was here:

Antwerp is all about the chocolate and the diamonds:

All too soon it was goodbye, the Braemar off to Amsterdam https://www.fredolsencruises.com/cruise/city-break-in-the-netherlands-belgium-m1921

Me back to the South Coast:

Deans Place Hotel Alfriston, East Sussex

I went to a wedding at the weekend at the fabulous Deans Park Hotel in Alfriston, east Sussex :https://www.deansplacehotel.co.uk/

This 14th century hotel is situated in one of England’s prettiest villages, within the fabulous South Downs. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and it has a heated swimming pool available from May to September. The rooms are quaint and quintessentially English, as is the whole of the hotel and gardens. Boasting a two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, breakfast is a delicious range of continental and full English, there is a bar serving bar snacks, a restaurant and a terrace where you can enjoy afternoon tea in the sunshine.

Swimming Pool in the beautiful Dean’s Place, Alfriston, East Sussex
Preparations for a wedding on a fabulous weekend in June.

I was here for a wedding on this occasion, but I will certainly be returning for lunch/dinner and definitely an afternoon tea, after a wander around the very cute village, or a trek across the South Downs.