Brighton Away

Being an Aston Villa supporter isn't easy most of the time, but occasionally following them around the country takes me somewhere more interesting than the football on offer. 

Sunrise over the Palace Pier. 

Sunrise over the Palace Pier. 

This weekend took me to the seaside town of Brighton on the south coast of England. Brighton Away was one of the games I was most looking forward to, as Brighton was a place I'd never been to before but had heard so many positive reviews about. 

From the famous pier to the pebbly beach I couldn't wait to get there, although it was sunny it was sooooo cold! First stop was Choccywoccydoodah one of the most amazing chocolate shops in the UK. The flagship store is a treasure chest of everything chocolate from humongous bespoke cakes to delicate hand-painted birds.   

One of the displays at Choccywoccydoohah - photo credit - www.choccywoccydoodah.com

One of the displays at Choccywoccydoohah - photo credit - www.choccywoccydoodah.com

After I purchased several items I was on my way and headed down to the seafront and had a look around the pier. I discovered in the morning that Brighton had a second pier until 1975 when it shut down and fell into disrepair and suffered extensive fire damage in the 2000's. Now beyond repair all that remains of the pier is a metal shell that sits proudly in the sea. 

The remains of the West Pier. 

The remains of the West Pier. 

The football (the reason I was in Brighton) wasn't bad at all, a good game in a great stadium and Villa actually played well and didn't lose! 

Brighton vs Aston Villa at The Amex Stadium. 

Brighton vs Aston Villa at The Amex Stadium. 

Following a good nights sleep I headed back to the beach in the morning for a run, and to take some pictures of an impressive sunrise before eating breakfast and heading home. 

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Hopefully this will not be my last visit to Brighton!