Saturday, 10 August 2013

Côte Brasserie, Fortitude and Curtain Call

"Côte Brasserie" :- Situated near the bottom of Church Street in Brighton (England) the Côte Brasserie is a relatively new restaurant. The building that it occupies has an interesting history connected to it. It was originally built in the 1920's and for many years I grew up and knew this building as the music & Brighton history library where you could drop in and take out cassette tapes and vinyl albums in the same way as you would a book from a lending library. Before it was the music library it was (apparently) a showroom for the municipal gas company. High above the door you can see the coat of arms for Brighton featuring two dolphins.

"Fortitude" :- Captured on a blustery day high up on Beacon Hill Nature Reserve that nestles between the old villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean on the south coast of England. The Bronze Age people left impressive monuments, especially the rounded Tumuli that dot the landscape throughout England. There are a couple of these Tumuli on Beacon Hill itself. The reserve is called "Beacon Hill" because in 1588 a beacon was lit high up on the brow of the hill that gave news of the approaching Spanish Armada attack on Elizabethan England.

"Curtain Call" :- This is one of my favourite little spots to wander in silence or sit a while and contemplate things. It's far enough away from the buzz and hectic sounds of Brighton, the tourists are all on the beach by the pier which is 6.8 km (4.2 miles) away and invariably I find I have the beach to myself as the waves roll in from the English Channel. This is sundown at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England.

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