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Travel photo of the week: West Pier at dusk, Brighton

West Pier, Brighton ©GlobalGrasshopper.com 2009

A flock of Starlings over Brighton’s iconic West Pier at dusk.

Brighton is one of the most colourful and vibrant cities in Europe. It is a fun, bohemian and compact tourist destination that attracts around 8 million visitors a year. It’s located on the South Coast of the United Kingdom, about 50 minutes by train from London. Brighton has always been a place of fun which definitely has an alternative vibe. It also has a great beachfront, history and fantastic restaurants, including many healthy and vegetarian restaurants. Take a trip here and you’ll find loads of great hotels and boutique hotels Brighton to choose from.

Brighton is particularly popular among the artistic crowd, and several theatrical events and festivals are held there throughout the yearly calender. This is a photo I took one Autumn dusk of the iconic West Pier. The derelict West Pier first opened in 1866, but since closing in 1975 has been the victim of several fires and decay from the elements. Hopes to restore the pier to its former glory have all but faded, after Heritage Lottery Funding was withdrawn.

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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