I’m not even going to talk about the 11-hour flight from Christchurch to Singapore or the 13-hour flight from Singapore to London. The transit hotel at Changi Airport in Singapore was a godsend – it was so good to be able to shower and lay down between flights.
The journey from London to Brighton, on the other hand, was easy-as. Our lovely rental car agent from Hertz upgraded us to a brand new Nissan Duke with free sat-nav because she was from Christchurch and we are on our honeymoon. After a fairly straightforward (we only got lost once) hour and a half drive, we successfully navigated our way to the Brighton Apple Store. Yes, we went to the Apple Store before we checked into our hotel. It was early and we were killing time. And now Stephen will be able to kill time playing with his new 11″ MacBook Air. Whoop! It’s so pretty.
We decided in the afternoon to pop over to Arundel, 30 minutes drive away. It has a huge and impressive Norman castle (not open to the public unfortunately) and a lovely neo-Gothic Catholic cathedral. It is of a similar size, age and style to our Christ Church Cathedral (although grander and with a tower rather than a spire).
As I sat and looked up at the lovely vaulted ceiling, I couldn’t help but compare. It made me sad to think that ours is probably going to be gone soon. I lit a candle and said a remembrance for the 185 souls we lost.
And then I hear just now that our cathedral is coming down. I look forward to seeing what grows up in its place. I hope it is something magnificent.