In photos: A Busy Day in Brighton

In Brighton and Hove, when the sun comes out, the city changes beyond recognition. Almost.

Saturated with sun-seeking souls and perhaps, just a little spoilt, by too much; too much rubbish left behind, too much of a queue for the public toilets, too much to pay for a beach-side beer. Or maybe I'm being a spoilsport.

When we lived in Brighton this summer we were granted a very special access to these scenes. We were residents enough to tut and shake our heads at how the crowds changed our perfect pebbled landscape and we were strangers enough to appreciate why people come here, despite the crowds and the "too much", because when the sun comes out in Brighton, it really does feel like we're all on holiday. I think it's possibly the same for the many people coming to Brighton on a day trip from London. And one day as I gazed into the crowds I saw a pink heart shaped balloon float into the sky. I don't know why, but I always find helium balloons rising alone, upwards, a little moving. I always think of the child that just let it go... most likely by accident. P.S. A trip to Brighton is worth it for the photo-bombing seagulls alone. Seriously...

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before putting down some roots with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her son around Amsterdam.
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