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Brighton, A Top 10 British Memory

Posted by Jody on July 29, 2011

Brighton (East Sussex, England), the closest south coast resort to London, became fashionable in the mid 18th century as sea bathing came into vogue.  Brighton beach may not be named one of the Top 10 British Beaches *by VisitBritain.com but it certainly makes our list of Top 10 British Memories!

“Boats on Brighton Beach”, by Simon Carey, geograph.org.uk

Several years ago our youngest daughter was studying at The Flute Studio of Trevor Wye, in Hastingleigh, Kent.  I was fortunate enough to fly over during her January break so the two of us could enjoy a beach vacation together. We drove along the coast from Folkstone to Brighton enjoying the beautiful coastline of southeast England.  All along the way we splashed and beach combed.  We were awed by the beauty of  Beachy Head, the spectacular chalk cliff on the outskirts of Eastbourne and we hiked along the cliff top until the rains came.  It was an amazing journey that ended just as happily at Brighton, England’s first seaside resort.

Brighton Beach Treasure (Photo by Jody Dieh)

Brighton has a long stretch of pebbly beach that’s perfect for beach treasure hunting. In fact, according to the official tourism guide to Brighton, VisitBrighton.com , “There are around 614 billion pebbles on Brighton beach.” –Minus one.- This one’s mine!

Another daughter, E.G.D., informs me that in folklore, if a person finds a rock with a hole in it, that rock is not only lucky, but magical.  Apparently, one can see things through the hole that would not be easily seen otherwise (perhaps she could see through a fairy glamour, or perhaps she could see a hiding ghost!).  I checked mine, but the room looked just about the same as usual, only framed by a rock.  Oh, well!

Enjoy the journey!  -J-

*”Britain’s Top 10 Beaches” post 7/26/2011

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