i have to apologize. i’ve been remiss in posting since i returned to Paris, but it’s be a particularly rough week for me, and i’m just now able to sort out the sticky jumble of thoughts and words that have been spinning through my brain.
England was wonderful. it was refreshing and reinvigorating, and the time i spent there reminded me that i am still alive and, therefore, need to live. it was a long, long journey that started in a train station in Paris.
the next stop was Dieppe:
from there i walked to the port and caught a four hour ferry to Newhaven, and from Newhaven, i caught a quick train into Brighton, the Bright Town…one of my favorite places in the world.
let me tell you a little bit about this little bit of heaven on earth. Brighton lazes at the edges of the South Downs, stretching toward the English Channel into which the town dangles its pebbly feet. it is a world filled with queers and hippies, students and families, artists and workers, and they all swirl together to create a magic atmosphere where you feel completely at ease in your own skin and happy to be alive. it is utter eye candy
from the long strings of rainbow colored houses
and striking graffiti
to the storefronts
to the sometimes gay, sometimes gray seafront
there is something suprising and inspiring around every corner
i spent the first four days with friends (and will post more about that in the near future), and then Froggy caught the same ferry over and we stayed in a sweet little motel together for four more days.
when we opened the curtains in our motel room we saw this:
and of course that made us feel as if little sun were there with us.
i introduced Froggy to my English
friends family and showed her a little bit of my beloved Bright Town. unfortunately, the Paris weather followed Froggy across the Channel, and we spent our days braving the rain and the frigid, bone-grating wind as we walked through the streets. despite the weather, we were charmed.
it was a good trip for both of us, and we plan to go back again soon when the weather is more welcoming. i miss it already….
(btw, i didn’t take nearly as many photos as i normally do, so i’ve included some of Froggy’s.)