As much as I’m a huge fan of London, I’m also a huge fan of leaving London. I find quite often that the city takes so much out of me during the week that leaving at weekends seems like a huge deal. And yet, whenever I do, I feel glad.
Usually when I leave London it’s on a plane, or on a train speeding north through countryside I hadn’t even realised I’d missed until I watch the hills softly rising and falling through the pendolino window.
This weekend was rare in that I ventured away from markets and museums and friends, and took myself off to Brighton for the Traverse blogger’s conference. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to meet people who, like me, have full-time jobs and love to write about travel in their spare time.
As I mentioned in my 7 Super Shots post last week, I’m really keen to work on improving my photography at the moment, so my favourite session of the conference was probably the Creative Travel Photography workshop with pro travel photographer Tom Robinson, who regularly has his work published in big travel magazines and national newspapers.
Today was dedicated to getting out of the conference centre and into Brighton itself. The moment I jumped off the train yesterday morning it occurred to me how ridiculous it was that I’d never been before, and I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m back again — especially if the temperature picks up.
Unfortunately my camera died while I was out on the photography tour, but the weather was on fine form and the city was practically basking in its own glow. I didn’t get much of a chance to explore, but the happy families strolling through town and peppy seaside vibe provided the ideal antidote to busy London, and the perfect remedy to the illness that kept me mostly indoors last week. I already can’t wait to head back and get to know some of the indepenent bars and cafes I clocked on my wanderings.
Check out my photos from today below.
Brighton was beautiful and all, but this little guy was attraction of the day, stealing the hearts of all the girls (and some of the boys) on our photo walk.
I’m already planning my next trip to Brighton, so if you know the city and have any favourite cafes, restaurants and bars I should check out then tweet me your recommendations or leave a note in the comments.