Brighton and Dover

Brighton Travel Blog

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Brighton is a really nice city in the South of England. Thre's lots to see: The Royal Pavilon is a former Royal palace built as the home for the Prince Regent during the early 1800s and is notable for its Indian architecture and Oriental interior design. During the WWI the Pavilion was used as a hospital for wounded Indian and West Indian servicemen. Dead Sikh and Hindu Indian soldiers were cremated on the Downs to the north of Brighton, where a Pavilion style memorial was constructed in their memory.

Brighton Pier (formerly the Palace Pier) was opened in 1899 and is the largest pier in Brighton. It features a large funfair , restaurants and arcade halls.
It was begun in 1891 and opened in May 1899. A concert hall opened two years later. By 1911 this had become a theatre, but it was removed in 1986, under an understanding that it would be replaced.

This has not happened, and the present seaward end building looks fairly modern in comparison with the rest of the structure, supporting a domed amusement arcade and several fairground rides, including several thrill rides, kids rides, 2 roller coasters and a log flume.

The white cliffs of Dover, are cliffs which form part of the British coastline facing the Strait of Dover and  France. The cliff face, which reaches up to 350 feet high, owes its striking fa├žade to its composition of chalk (pure white calcium carbonate) accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover, an ancient and still important English port.

The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards Continental Europe
across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first (or last) sight of the UK for travellers.

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