We’re now in Brighton for four days as we had some time available before heading north up to Scotland. Located about an hour south of London, Brighton has been considered the seaside retreat for the city since the early 1900’s. We arrived by train and the station area which is right in the core of the city was bustling with people coming and going. After spending almost five weeks in the Cornwall area this was a big eye opener for us, and it’s really not that big of a city! You can get around quite easily here; either walking, hailing cabs (Uber), or hopping on buses…they are all suitable options that can get you where you need to go.
Be warned though. If walking, once you leave the core area the streets can be quite steep. So be prepared, especially if you’re pulling luggage like we were, ugh! It really reminded us of walking in San Francisco, even the neighbourhood houses looked very similar.
We spent some time at the famous beach and pier area. It’s likely not a beach you would think of. It’s all small stones or pebbles, not sand, but people were still laying or sitting in beach chairs enjoying their time there. The area had all the traditional traps – arcade games, rides, food booths all selling the usual fare of candy, fish and chips, popcorn…The beach area is also home to a newer attraction, the i360, a rotating and elevating observation tower giving you a full birds’ eye view of the area.
Just a block up from the water is the city itself. Here you’ll find shopping, restaurants, bars and cafés. The architecture is just beautiful with some very unique structures that caught our eye. As like most areas there were a few sections that are well known; The Lanes, North Laines, Victoria Gardens, the Royal Pavilions, just to name few. The website https://www.visitbrighton.com/ offers more specific info on each and was very handy for us to use.
Thursday night was Trivia night at the Camelford Arms, a neighborhood pub here in Brighton. Funny we just came from Camelford and now were in a pub by the same name. We didn’t play too badly but we did win a draw for a dinner for two so our homeowners will be getting a nice surprise on their return.
We’re here to watch their pets, an easy going labradoodle named Maisie and a rarely to be seen cat named Phoebe. We take Maisie for walks and they have great area nearby called Queens Park where well behaved dogs can be off leash. On our way home today we found a great Saturday farm to table setup with all organic foods called the Sussex Peasant.
Hopefully we can get to a few more attractions before we have to say goodbye to Brighton.
Linda and Mark