Favorite thing: I am not a huge fan of shopping - I know - a general gasp of disbelief slipped out. However Brighton offers such a unique array or independent boutiques and larger chain stores that there is something for everyone.
The Lanes is a retail, leisure and residential area with the seafront at its southern edge. It is characterised by a collection of narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing-based settlement, the resident businesses in The Lanes are predominantly independent boutiques jewellers, antique shops, restaurants and pubs.
Churchill Square is an indoor shopping centre which includes mainstream retail shops, restaurants and car parking spaces. It was originally built in the 1960s as an open-air pedestrianised shopping centre, but was completely rebuilt in 1998.
The North Laine area is a retail, leisure and residential area situated immediately north of The Lanes. Its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "Laine" meaning "fields". The North Laine contains a mix of businesses dominated by cafés, avant-garde shops, and theatres. However, its character is gradually changing. Due to property price rises and the expense of local council taxes, many small privately owned businesses are finding rents increasingly unaffordable in the area and are being replaced by larger entertainment chains and leisure companies which is such a shame.
Fondest memory: If I have to go through the ordeal of shopping - I love to disover something a little different that you can not buy through the large national and international chain stores. Whilst those few independent boutiques can hang on in there it is still possible to discover unique hand made bags, purses, jewellery and clothes. It makes for a fantastic souvenier of your time in Brighton and it is always lovely to be able to report that you bought it from a chic boutique when some one asks where you got it. You can reply secure in the knowledge that you will not be seeing them with the same item any time in the near future.
Favorite thing: The pier is a very important point in Brighton and although the town is busy and bustling, you simply have to turn out towards the water to experience a different perspective. The sea seems to have something special here. I feel at peace when I look across towards the distant horizon.
Fondest memory: As we were searching for the VT party on the pier we saw a flock of birds swooping against the sunset in the evening air. Quite a stunning sight.
Rainy day in Brighton
Ok, maybe my title doesn't sound as good as 'Rainy nights in Georgia'? but it'll do...
One time we came down here on a Saturday in September, must be about about thirteen years ago now? it was piddling with rain and I had to give my little brother my leather Jacket, because my mother hadn't bothered to give him a coat. So we ended up only staying long enough to have a look in a few of the shops, a look over the bit by the side of the Pier to watch the waves crashing on to it, which was lovely, then go and have dinner in the restaurant on the pier. Of course we had fish and chips, and then we went back home. I would have stayed much longer, I don't mind being out in the rain, but meaning as i couldn't stay dry because of giving my coat to my little brother, then I didn't want to stay very long.
On the way home, it was still piddling with rain. We were in an old Ford Cortina, and guess what happened? yes, the bloody thing broke down in Shinfield! they do not like the wet weather. It conked out at a set of traffic lights, but Chris managed to steer it around the next corner. After he had messed about with it and started it again, he actually managed to run over his daughter, Claire's, foot! hahahaha. We set off again, and my brother, Derek, couldn't have shut his door properly? He ended up hanging out of the back door, holding onto the door handle for dear life! I panicked and was shouting "where the f*cking hell do you think you're going?!" at him, he still reminds me of this! hahahaha. I always shout when I'm in a panic and frightened of what's going to happen to someone I care about
But we eventually got home safe and sound...... Thankfully
- Road Trip
- School Holidays
- Family Travel
GO TO THE BEACH............
Favorite thing: It doesn't matter if it's the middle of January, just go. There is always something to see/do. Watching the 'Innumeration' (thats millions- no exaggeration- of starlings swooping over the Palace Pier to you and me) at sundown. Sit on the decking outside the Beach nightclub and samle an overpriced but tasty pizza if its hot, get some fish and chips and snuggle into the shingles if not!
By far the most attractive (and clean) part of the strip is Hove Lawns which stretches form the Meeting Place kiosk down to King Alfred's Leisure Centre but don't attempt to have a BBQ on the lawna as this was recently made illegal.
If you have young children there is a little outsie pool and play park just opposite West Pier which is glorious on a summer's day. Even local starlet Jordan takes her kids there,
Fondest memory: Even if you prefer sandy beaches (most of us do!) you cannot deny the breaktaking beauty of the beach at sunset in August,
Rays of sunshine shining through the clouds
Favorite thing: Walking along the beach always gives you the possibility to look a very far distance towards the horizon. I can really enjoy it when the sun plays with the land or in this picture the sea. The clouds are quite dark, but the rays of sunshine are coming through the layer of clouds doing their best to lighten our days.
Favorite thing: I think, everyone knows, England is a country of museums. I like to go to there and it didnt take a long time till I found one. Not a big one but an interesing one. I was tired at that time, a musem like the British Museum would be too much for me at that time anyway....
- Museum Visits
Relax at the Pier
Favorite thing: The first what I did after I arrived in Brighton was taking a breakfast. And then ... relaxing at the pier in Brighton. It was luck because it was the last and only sunny day in Brighton during my stay.
Atmosphere of Brighton
Favorite thing: You’ll know what I mean once you have been there: sat on the pier, walked on the beach, strolled the lanes and just got yourself lost wondering around.
It’s all so simple and so easygoing and this is what makes it so great!
(To guarantee the same feeling, the weather conditions have to be right: sunshine, moderate wind and at least +25C)
One Amazing Day
Favorite thing: Terre a terre
Fondest memory: My best Brighton memory
Fatboy Slim’s free concert live on Brighton beach.
During the preceding week the papers and everyone were freaking out because they were expecting 75 000 people to come to the gig, the town couldn’t handle it blah blah blah.
Saturday morning dawns; beautiful day and the people start coming and coming and coming.
That afternoon people are waiting and waiting and waiting; the police are freaking because there are so many people and they keep delaying Fatboy’s start.
Finally he hits the stage. 250 000 people !!!!!!!!! on the beach go ape.
And the first tune……Tim Deluxe: It Just Won't Do (before it had been played to death.)
One amazing day…..
- Food and Dining
The seafront promenade
Favorite thing: Stroll along Brightons's seafront promenade or the pebbly beach between the entertaining Palace Pier and the damaged West Pier. The walk is only about half a mile long. Enjoy the busy cafes, bars, amusements and entertainments.
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: If you don't fancy eating in a pub or restaurant, grab yourself some sandwiches from Marks & Spencer and sit in Chrchill Square or down on the beach and have a tasty but cheaper lunch. Marks & Spencer do a fantastic selection of sandwiches, rolls, wraps and other lunch specials.
Fondest memory: The best sandwiches!
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
THE PIER with an arcade and...
Favorite thing: THE PIER with an arcade and lots of fast food stalls, including the very English ‘Fish and Chips’. And so many sea-gulls!
BEWARE: Don't eat fish and chips at the stall at the end of the pier; they are DISGUSTING.
Great Beach ......for walking!
Favorite thing: I spent alot of time walking the small lanes and walking on the beach in Brighton. I wish I would have taken more pictures! For the fairly long period of time that I've spent in Brighton I don't have very many pictures!! Brighton can be a fun town! It can also serve as a great base for exploring smaller towns and villages in the area.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Virtual Brighton and HoveThis...
Favorite thing: www.brighton.co.uk - Virtual Brighton and Hove
www.thisisbrightonandhove.co.uk/ - This is Brighton and Hove
www.tourism.brighton.co.uk - Welcome to Brighton and Hove
www.theguide-uk.com/brighton/index.html - Guide to Brighton
www.brightonlife.com/info/ - Brighton Life
www.totallybrighton.com/ - Totally Brighton
www.whatsonguide.co.uk - What's OnGuide
www.brightonmusicradio.freeserve.co.uk/ - Brighton Town Guide
THE ROYAL PAVILION famous...
Favorite thing: THE ROYAL PAVILION famous oriental style building was built for the Prince Regent’s wild parties in the 1820’s.
www.camacdonald.com/birding/Hotspots/England/BrightonPavillion.html - The Royal Pavilion
/www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/bhc/pavilion/index1.html - The Royal Pavilion 2
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