I remember the first time I went to Brighton. I must admit, I didn’t know what to expect, but by the end of the day I was sad to be leaving. I remember that we spent the end of the afternoon watching the sunset at the beach. Well.. kind of sunset, since the weather wasn’t great. The beach was full of people spread around, with their grilled meat and guitars. On that first visit I remember I was already counting down the days for my return to Portugal, right when I was already starting to feel London as mine, right when I already had a group of Portuguese friends that… well, they understood me. It takes one to know one, right? Fortunately, I had the opportunity to spend that day in this little town.
Well, I enjoyed it so much that when I returned to England, after being away for 3 years, I went back to Brighton.
Brighton is a great place to spend a different day, away from London. In some things this city is quite similar to Portugal. A friend of mine told me once that this is the most European city in England – I wouldn’t know since I didn’t really visit that many places in England. Brighton is similar to Portugal, but only who pays attention notices that. Brighton is a great and odd place to be. Since its Palace of Fun where you can spend your money in games and shenanigans only to leave it with an a-m-a-z-i-n-g (not) stuffed toy or its fairground attractions that always make me a bit worried for people’s safety. But clearly this was not an issue for some.
It was good to walk around, without having nothing planned. It’s good that have that luck when you visit another country; being able to visit it without running through museums and attractions just to say you were there. We took our time. This place has a very laid back vibe, very typical of coastal town.
There is another thing that always fascinated me: the West Pier. It opened in 1866 and closed in 1975. In the 90s the structure started to be destroyed either by storms or, well, just time. In 2003 it caught fire twice and not it’s a skeleton of what it used to be. Quite literally. The structure has an eerie feeling if we ignore the amount of seagulls living there.
A tower is going to be built by the entrance of the pier and I think the actual pier is also going to be rebuilt, but that decision ain’t final yet for what I saw.
If you have the opportunity to visit Brighton, just go. Especially to all the hipsters in the world. Go to Brighton. Go.