Brighton by the Sea

Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Entry 2 of 4 from England:

Brighton, I soon learned, is a very posh town. Stately Victorian mansions, many of them vacation, er, sorry, holiday resorts overlooking the rocky beach and crisp, blue sea. A twinkling peer with arcade games, amusement park rides, and stores selling taffy and candy apples stretches out over the choppy water. The town inland, upper-middle class with a strong gay, yuppie, and hipster presence, features old streets lined with well-manicured row houses, er, sorry, terraced houses, book stores, vintage clothing shops, organic restaurants, music venues, wine bars, and, of course, pubs. Out of the ten days I was in England, I got to spend three evenings in Brighton. (Click here to see a video of a kite surfer jumping over Brighton Pier.)

Evening one, Friday, I was treated to a comedy show, two pubs, and Chinese food with Dilip and his French friend, Alex. The stand-up show was at the Brighton Dom Concert Hall, an impressive complex reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.

Evening two, the following Thursday, Dilip and I landed in Brighton for dinner as part of our drive through English countryside and the southern sea coast. We enjoyed a lovely meal at a restaurant featuring local English specialties served to an eccentric background soundtrack including Frank Sinatra, country favorites, and Motown classics. We were also treated to an incredibly rich and colorful sunset.

Evening three was my last evening of the trip, Friday. Dilip and I met up with his friends Simon and Katie for a few rounds of real English ale in the pub and then Dilip and I went to hear two jazzy blues bands. At the first venue, the Neptune, people weren't really dancing when we got there ... but we soon got the place moving. At the second venue, the Casablanca Jazz Club, people were already on their feet when we got there. It was a really fun night ... but then at the end our taxi back to Crawley cost 45 ($73). Did I mention England was expensive? Also, the Tube is confusing. The Tube is the subway in London. And this brings us to the next entry.

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