There is something about being near the British coastline, that makes me feel alive.
Come spring, summer, autumn or winter I love it for very different reasons. The picturesque views, that change and move with the living tide. The seagulls who sing, playfully swooping to steal your food when your not watching and the wonderful smell that the sea offers.
In winter the mood changes, gone are the majority of the bathers, leaving only the hardiest of swimmers, colours ebb away leaving a greyer tonal range and the blustery wind twists, whips and howls at your back. What's not to love.
Brighton is somewhere that holds wonderful memories for me as a child, running along the pebbles, laughing, trying to eat hot fried doughnuts, visiting the arcades on the Victorian pier and stuffing as many pennies as I could in the slot machines.
For those of you based outside of the UK, Brighton is on the South coast of Great Britain. Brighton is a wonderful seaside town, with sea, food and shopping. With a mix of class and quirkiness Brighton has so much to offer from the little boutique shops in the lanes, artist caves along the beach front to the lovely restaurants and hotels in the Marina.
The Daniel Laurence shop has been a firm favourite for many years having a few of his wonderful sea prints in the house.
The Laines are famous for their small boutiques laid out like a maze full of character and charm. They are split between North and South. Housed within the lanes you will find two firm favourites of mine Choccywoccydoodah and Angel Food Bakery. These are a foodies pilgrim, where any cake you can dream of can be made into a cupcake or a carefully crafted cake.
When you have fulfilled all your shopping needs it is well worth having a wander across to the Royal pavilion built for the Prince Regent, it today houses the finest collections of Chinoiserie (Chinese
Fresh air always has one effect on this foodie the positive craving for food, in this case it has to be fish and chips. Brighton is certainly the place to have it.
What was your favourite outing growing up?