It's unbelievable, I know.
But the photos below have all been captured in the UK! Looks like a Mediterranean paradise, right? Well, it's actually the quaint old town of Brighton where life is relaxed, the people are friendly and the views are breath-taking.
In all honesty, I could not have chosen a better time to visit this vibrant, stunning place. From the throngs of seaside revellers to the beach attractions, it proved to be an unforgettable time from start to finish. Hope this entices many of you to come visit Brighton and embrace it's glorious atmosphere, especially when the conditions are this damn good! :)
My parents are still over from China so that was, in fact, the catalyst in taking a trip down there. They had heard so many good things about the place so it was good to be able to show them firsthand. The walk along the seafront seemed like a pretty good start to the day so that’s exactly what we did!
The beach is not made up of sand but instead small, smooth pebbles next to the waters edge. Though a sunbed or beach towel are all you need to enjoy some delicious "fun-in-the-sun." Or simply choose to take a nice, calming stroll by the seafront. Both options should provide similar results.
Serene bliss... :)
We trekked our way along the wide promenade towards the West Pier.
This actually used to be a beautiful Victorian building years ago. However, it was ravaged by intense thunder storms a few years ago and has since fallen into disrepair. Today, we can only see a stick-like “framework” just off the coastal area.
The metal skeletal structure all that remains of what it once was.
Though to me, it seems to possess a tranquil, haunting beauty in it's own right. Like that of a stylised piece of artwork. A historical relic of the old West Pier, displaying a glimpse into the past. A great iconic structure of it's era to photograph or paint.
I would definitely recommend people take a few moments to have a look and reflect.
Further down the West Pier, there are a plethora of bars and restaurants to check out. As well as many talented, young street performers showing off their vocal skills. Very entertaining indeed.
It could also make the ideal hotspot to have a romantic date with that special someone in your life, lol. Just saying! :)
The golden sun blazing above definitely added volumes to the experience as a whole! I decided to buy everyone a "summer berries" flavour ice cream while watching thrilling games of volleyball and basketball game at the beach side!
A perfect and memorable time which only seemed to be getting better as the day drew on.
At the close of our afternoon long walk, we spotted the famous Brighton Pier. A really impressive and enjoyable landmark of the bustling town! One of my favourite things about the pier is that it has retained that "vintage" feel, whilst still adding a contemporary twist with what it has on offer to it's visitors.
Some main features include a good-sized fun fair along with video game arcades and plenty of food and drinks stalls dotted around. The restaurants serving traditional English food like "fish and chips" are a must try. Fresh and bursting with flavour.
(Traditional Fish & Chips)
(Homemade Fish Pie)
There are also stalls that sell other such snacks like buttered waffles, candy floss and the age-old "Brighton stick of rock"!
And the fresh fried doughnuts are simply to die for! Just don't forget to try those whatever you do!
Moving towards the back end of the pier are even more fairground attractions. These include The Horror Hotel, Wild River Log Flume, Turbo Rollercoaster, Bumper cars and more. There is something for everyone! There is plenty of excitement to be had and a fantastic choice of place to visit with a group of friends or family.
It must be said the rides were a bit on the pricey side but if you purchase a wrist band for £20, you can go on all the rides you want. Which, believe me, can keep the whole family entertained for quite a few hours. In fact, you will make your money back after the first 5 rides you go on, lol.
I am not a big arcade fan (left that part to my hubby), but I do love gazing out to sea. The views from the pier are nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to the gorgeous weather, it was possible to see very far along the coast. On this incredible sunny day, all the shimmering white buildings contrasted so well with the contours of the sea and the scattered beach rocks.
A true sight to behold and one so soothing and relaxing.
It's no wonder Brighton is such a treasured gem of a location within the UK. Given the right variables of weather and seasonal timings, it can be a wondrous place to enjoy a fabulous day out. Or even a few days, time permitting.
My family loved it, as did I, and I hope to return very soon as it's only just over an hours drive from where I live. An awesome day out and one I hope you too can get to experience if ever in the UK.
You won't regret it! :)