Two weeks of vacation for Easter break gives us lots on time to explore the country. The news media tells us that 1.7 million Brits will leave the UK in search of sun this holiday. Maybe that will mean fewer crowds for us.
First stop Brighton. This is a fun beach community due south of us and only about an hour train ride. Several people have told us it’s a nice place to visit, so off we went. The day started cold and overcast, but we were not deterred. By the time our train pulled into the Brighton station the sun was shining, which was fantastic, because the wind was freezing. The easiest description of Brighton is “a nicer version of Santa Cruz.” The streets along the water are lined with fish and chip shops and boutique clothing stores. A long pier heads out over the water and is packed with rides, snack shacks and multiple arcades filled with hundreds of 2-penny machines. Some of the rides are positioned close to the edge so it fells like you’ll fly off into the water.
This is a place that holds a lot of memories for many British families. Lance broke out these familiar lyrics. Do you remember these?
Ever since I was a young boy,
I’ve played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all.
But I ain’t seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball!
I’m dreaming of 80 degree weather and wandering the pier on a summer evening. That would be nice. Like the majority of places we have visited in England, we put this on our visit again when the weather is nicer list. This list is getting long … and the weather is not getting warmer.