Monday, October 03, 2005

Brighton on a sunny day!

This was one day trip we had been waiting all summer to make, and whether it was other travels or simply life in London, we'd never managed to make it down to the very English seaside town of Brighton.

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Carly down by the seaside, with the pier in the background

Instead of the train we took the bus from London Victoria on a crisp early Sunday morning, and with the sun beating down when we arrived we headed straight over to the famous Brighton Pier to see the amusement park rides at the end, all of the stalls and vendors set up for the tourist trade, and the deckchairs available for visitors to take in some rays. It was exactly how it looks in any of the many movies and television productions or commercials you might have seen it in.

We then went and walked along the stoney beach, which was the first one we'd seen over here.. It was very strange not worrying about taking of your shoes or being concerned about lying down and getting sand all over your clothes. Of course we tried some obligatory stone skipping into the sea, much to the amusement of those watching, and took with us our traditional piece of souvinear rock (so far we've got some rock of Gibraltar, some White Cliff from Dover, and now Brighton Beach). This beach was also the scene of the famous Fat Boy Slim Brighton Beach Boutique concert days, the last one of the two that were held was attended by over 250,000 people stretching southwards along the beach watching the DJ's and performers on stage (some of them in the water!!). Being there and seeing the scene in person you could really appreciate that it must have been an amazing event to be at by the sea.

We continued north along the beach and completely by coincidence came across a Land Rover club rally day, where there was every imaginable model of Land Rover and specialist variant, including plenty of Defenders young and old.


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(above) The old Defenders lined up on display; and (below) the view over the Land Rover Rally towards the beach and pier

After a walk through all of the trucks and a look inside some of the Defenders on display, I was dragged away for breakfast at a disapointing local greasy spoon caff. We then headed into the main part of town to see the famouse lanes and alleys, where there is a fantastic range of shops, restuarants, art galleries, jewellers, and homeware stores to keep us ammused for hours. As the day wound up for the retailers, we started what was a very long pub crawl around the lanes, stopping off for at least one drink at almost every pub we could find. This made the bus trip home more interesting than it might have otherwise been.

It was only the clock and our return ticket on the bus back to London that kept us from staying there the night - the bars and live music venues were just getting lively as the day-trippers went home and the locals started to come out. We will definitely have to get back down here next summer with a group of friends to try out the bars on the beachfront, and the rest of the bars and clubs we didn't get a chance to see in our day at the seaside.

-shane

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