Last month I had a lovely time visiting my younger daughter at her new home in Brighton, which is just outside London. She’s lived in the UK for over six years and recently was granted dual citizenship there. She loves living in Europe and as a citizen of the UK, she would have been able to work anywhere in the European Union. Unfortunately, the Brexit vote has negated all the time, energy, and money she spent and she’s more than slightly bummed. And she’s having to rethink the plans she had made.
Among other things, she decided to move out of London and relocate to the seaside. She still commutes to the city and, given the wonderful public transportation network there, it doesn’t take much longer than previously. Having grown up in the Bay Area of California, she’d always lived fairly near the ocean and she’s missed the casual atmosphere typical of coastal cities. So she decided to try England’s version.
I found Brighton to be a wonderful mix of older (18th and 19th Century) homes combined with modern buildings that blend into the environment rather than standing out. On the way to the very busy business area, we walked past a 13th Century church that is still used for community events. Then we went down to the Brighton Pier, which you’ve undoubtedly seen in movies and TV shows set in earlier times. Even Jane Austen mentions it.
As a seaside town, Brighton has been a favorite vacation spot for Londoners. One of its most famous visitors was George IV when he was Prince of Wales and later Regent. He liked the area so much he built a “pleasure palace” where he could enjoy his drinking and gambling pastimes and have discreet liaisons with his paramour. The Royal Pavilion is one of the most exotic palaces I’ve ever encountered. The exterior looks like a combination of various Indian architectural styles, while the inside is lavishly decorated with Chinese and Indian elements. The Banquet Hall has to be seen to be believed!
The shops lining the narrow streets do remind me a bit of Santa Cruz, a college town with a hippy vibe near us. Lots of quite unique and one-of-a-kind items. One of the most delightful is a chocolate shop with the wonderful name, Choccywoccydodah. Everything in it is made of chocolate—castles, skulls, and lots of fantastical items.
We explored other areas besides Brighton on my trip, but I have to say, it was probably the most unexpected. I look forward to returning another time.
This will be my last post with Writing Wranglers. I’ve enjoyed my experience here, but it’s time to go on to other things. I will check in from time to time and hope you all have lots of good writing experiences.
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