Brighton in the summertime, what more could you ask for? I was ready to jump in those waves and splash around.
One problem—the beaches aren’t sandy. I repeat, the beaches do not contain sand. They contain large, hard pebbles. Not fun for your feet. A more-calloused foot might not feel the sting of the uneven and unstable ground, but mine certainly aren’t calloused. So, if I look pained in any of these photos, I apologize.
Firstly, look at how gorgeous my mother is everyone. Did I get those genes? I don’t think so.
Now, this time around Brighton was sunny and great! Our close family friends were visiting us. Their daughter, who is one of my best friends, wanted to go to Brighton. This time, I had more background information on the place. For one o my English courses in university we read Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. I ended up really liking it and then scoured Wikipedia for more information on teddy boys, gangs and post-modern England. It was fascinating to me the amount of violence there was in a country that doesn’t allow its police force to carry guns. We didn’t make the mistake of thinking we could swim and frolic, so we perused the market near the shore and pier.
It was kind of shocking how Indian the pavilion looked. Of course, I knew that Indian soldiers had been treated there when it was a hospital and all that, but it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the city. That’s what made it cool though! The weather was so nice that we sat outside while the café closed.
So, I’d definitely recommend a visit to Brighton if you want a seaside town that isn’t sleepy, but also isn’t all hustle and bustle. Apparently it’s the gay capital of England so that’s a plus? Oh and stop into Small Batch Coffee and tell me how it is! I found out too late that it is a world-famous coffee shop in Brighton.