I have to say that as we take our usual long walk along Brighton sea front, a lot has changed over the last few years. Just across the road from the apartment, you'll find the much-loved, colourful archways have been replaced with some beautiful new boutique shops, cafes and other building projects. Actually these make for a perfect mooch if you're in the mood or you're looking for a unique present. I miss the arches but I have to admit that these new shops are a welcome addition. Even though I've been there many times now, nothing beats pottering down at the weekend - past the coffee shops to grab a latte, and then in and out of the little treasure troves. If it's sunny, which it always seems to be when we're in Brighton, there's a great excuse to stop for an ice cream while you watch the waves and soak up the sea air - that will never change!
And of course, right next door, there's the best playground to exercise the kids if you have some, complete with paddling pool in the Summer. But you can't beat throwing stones in the sea as you soak up the atmosphere with the sea breeze and the hauntingly beautiful remains of the Old West Pier. This has got to be my favourite view, and the one thing I photograph the most when I'm in Brighton.
Perhaps one of the bigger changes is the building of the new i360. This has been a controversial project, not least because of its size and the impact it has on the view, not just from the sea front. This has been designed by the same architects behind the London Eye and standing at 450 feet, you can see for 26 miles around. It's definitely worth a look. This huge addition has a fully enclosed aerodynamically shaped futuristic glass viewing pod which will enable guests to see for 360 degrees around. We've all been up already, and the view is pretty amazing.
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