A long pier stretching out into the sea.
Like the tide, it’s a quintessential British coastal feature. As a kid I dreamed about a English language study trip to England. In the catalogues photos of young smiling people, palm trees, piers and pubs in Hastings and Blackpool was just the right amount of exoticism that I as a 13-14 year old could wish for.
Unfortunately I never got the chance to go on that teenage trip.
It was not until this year I finally made my way to a classic, English pier.
And the timing couldn’t have been better.
Still off-season in late April. But sunny and warm. And it was Friday afternoon.
On the board walk and the beach people was just switching to weekend mode taking a beer and lighting their barbecues.
Sea gulls surfing above and people laughing in the sun chairs.
Slowly the sun sunk into the ocean. The sea and sky was one in an enchanted haze.Pier perfect.
The Brighton Palace Pier, commonly known as Brighton Pier or the Palace Pier is a Grade II listed pleasure pier. Opening in 1899, the 525 meter long pier is the 8th longest one in England and still going strong with around 4 millions visitors yearly. Easy access from London by train or car.