Brighton has always been one hell of a popular place, but until one freezing cold
day in February of this year I had never before spent anytime whatsoever there
in my twenty-four years in this forever-overwhelming world.
I thought it was high time I paid the place a visit, and seeing as though
I was down in London anyway - and a return National Express coach ticket
down to the coast cost just £15 - I really didn't have any excuses not to go.
The coach terminal in Brighton is right next to the famous Pier, which lies the
best part of a mile east of the old West Pier that is no more - just a skeletal
frame that's quite literally all washed up and quite haunting in its decadent appearance.
So, having got dropped off in a perfectly central location I headed straight down the
pier that comes complete with a pretty impressive amusement park that was
hustling and bustling with kids... even though it was a school day, and mid-afternoon at that.
Ah well, you're only young once, and I'm sure being hurled around a big dipper
is more of a laugh than double Maths.
After arriving in a new place for the first time I usually make sure I get
some accommodation for the impending night sorted as soon as I can, and you
can't really fail to find somewhere decent in a seaside-sited city of Brighton's size.
Still, the Tourist Information Centre had just two hostels to recommend for the
backpacker, with one being the YHA (Youth Hostels Association) establishment a
few miles north of the city centre in the Patcham suburb, and the other being a
St. Christopher's Inn that's to be conveniently found as soon as you get
off the coach - and thus right near the pier.
Me being me, and feeling like a walk to get to know the area a whole lot more intimately,
I opted for the former and set off north up London Road towards Patcham,
which is just about as far north as you can go in the conurbation.
Past the infamous and architecturally astounding Royal Pavilion I traipsed
with glee, and onward past the beautifully expansive grounds of Preston Park,
and then the smaller but no less charming Withdean Park.
The youth hostel itself is just a little way off the Brighton & Hove by-pass
(which further reminds you just how far you've walked once you get there), and
also not too far from a picturesque wedge of the South Downs escarpment.
In the end I didn't actually stay at the youth hostel (for a couple of reasons,
one being the fact that it - truth be told - looked a bit dark and dingy), so
I headed the few miles back into town, feeling somewhat better for having
seen that cross-section of Brighton.
I later found that the St Christopher's Inn joint, that I had initially
ignored altogether, wasn't all that bad after all.
For the day-tripper, there is plenty in the city to keep one occupied.
Shopaholics are in for a treat, for shops are plentiful. Brighton really is
fashion and food-obsessed, with a staggering plethora of classy boutiques
and plush restaurants around every corner.
Also, all of the main chain department stores are to be found near at hand.
If it's the height of summer, then the beach obviously beckons, but be
warned - there is more shingle than sand to be found, so bathing and
playing on it might prove - to certain extents - relatively painful.
So, you look forward all week - at work - to your one or two days off... right? And what do you do on such days off? Housework, no doubt. Do you ever think you should do something more worthwhile with your sacred time off? Like travel, for instance.
County Durham isn't that far a trip from East Yorkshire, and if
Places to Visit - To Hampstead Heath and Beyond ... By Steve Rudd
So, you live in London and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city scene.
Where can you turn to? Why, the plethora of beautiful parks of course - and there are few
places nicer than Hampstead Heath, in North London, for some quality peace and quiet.
Places to Visit - On the Moors By Steve Rudd
So much for me confiding to people that I thought we were collectively out of the woods
and that Spring was just around the corner.
Clearly I spoke too soon and paid for such a misdemeanour yesterday
(13th February 2005) when I ventured up onto the
Places to Visit - Dinostar - THIS IS HISTORY By Daniel Laney
In the last two months Hull has welcomed a new addition to its ever growing tourist trade.
Dinostar, which opened on Easter Sunday of this year, should hopefully
be welcomed with open arms by families and budding historians alike and with it
being a quick
Places to Visit - Our Samhain Visit to Avebury by Janie Spencer
Before we start on our journey, let me give you a bit of background on Avebury.
It is a beautiful stone circle, so big that you can in fact fit a village inside it, as you can see from this overhead map!
As well as being a tourist spot, it is both a home and a gathering
Places to Visit - Burton Constable Hall.
Burton Constable Hall has collected several ghosts and stories from its 450 year history, the most frequently seen ghost being that of Nurse Dowdall, a much loved nanny to the children of the household during the 19th century.
Places to Visit - A day by the beach - Bridlington Harbour.
This Sunday I was spoilt for choice - either to visit a Buddhist centre in "Kilham"
or attend a strawberries and cream party. Opted to go and find Zen so duly arrived
with my offspring (Katie and Oliver) at my friend's house (Cilla) punctually (for
a change) at 11.30.
Places to Visit - This is Hull
The East Yorkshire city of Kingston Upon Hull has it's fair share of bad press. That's OK, the people who live here know why so many come and stay!
Visit the City and sample the eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, from the
laid-back coffee shops and cosmopolitan bars of the Avenues
Places to Visit - Pickering Park Rocks
Pickering Park rocks for the youth of Hull.
Sunday afternoon, 6th July 2003 saw the first FREE open air Rock Concerts for the youth of Hull, from noon until 7pm.
Bands featured included the Supatones, Crowroad, DumpValve, Freaks Union, The Favours, The Sonnet,
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Places to Visit - Beverley Minster By Mo
Founded in the eighth century by John, Bishop of York - later St. John of Beverley - Beverley Minster has been
described as 'the finest gothic church in Europe'.
The present church, built in the 13th and 14th century, is a perfect blending of three
People - An Interview With Torso Horse By Steve Rudd
Torso Horse, for those people who don't know, are a Goth-Metal band
They have been plying their trade for about five years now, and in the past
couple of years in particular they have become very well known indeed: both in
People - Computerman at Fairview Recording Studios By Michelle Dee
Computerman are a Nottingham band, who have been on the scene since January 2004.
They recently came to Hull, specifically to Fairview Studios in Willerby, to
record an eight-track demo CD. The demo will include tracks: Increasingly so, No recoverRead more...
People - An Interview with Jim Eldon - Local Enigma By Jane Foster
Jim Eldon is a musician living in East Hull who, I'm told, doesn't normally do interviews .... so a
rare request it was that was received by thisisUll.com, from Andy his agent, for someone to do the deed.
This email was passed on to me, as Jim is a singer
People - Caz Meets The Walnut Dash By Caroline Murphy
And now to the Walnut Dash. So who are these people who text me at the eleventh hour and expect me to drop everything and come and interview them! Well actually they're extremely entertaining people, and their music is bloody brilliant!
People - An Evening with Michael Palin at The Institute of Education in London By Steve Rudd
To say that Michael Palin is one of my all-time heroes is one hell of a serious understatement.
Ever since I saw his epic TV travels in the form of Around The World in 80 Days and Pole To Pole
I have been totally captivated by everything he does and says.