Sunday, 25 September 2016

Seven Sisters and snowdogs

A couple of days ago we caught the Coaster bus from Brighton to Eastbourne pier. The only thing that I know about Eastbourne is that lots of old people live there, and from a very quick survey I think that is true. During our visit we probably brought the average age down a little, although we aren't spring chickens either nowadays. Speak for yourself I can hear Darren thinking.
We had a brief look at the pier, visited the very clean toilets and then started to walk back towards Brighton.
The promenade at Eastbourne was very attractive, but after about a mile we reached the reason for our journey. We were at the start of the South Downs Way and the famous Beachy Head.
We started at sea level and then walked uphill and gradually started to see the cliffs. They were sparkly white in the sunshine and the sea was perfectly calm.
The cliffs are being constantly eroded by the sea and there are no fences at the edge. I stayed well away from danger to take a photo of the lighthouse, although it was pretty scary.
We carried on along the Seven Sisters which are the hills in the second photo.
I was amazed by a Spanish tourist who went and sat on the cliff edge with his legs dangling over the side while his friends took photos. My Spanish is extremely rusty but I never even learned to say 'get away from the edge you idiot' so I just walked nervously on.
We walked for a total of 20 kilometres, enjoying the fantastic scenery and then caught the bus back home.
The next morning I went for a walk to see Brightons latest tourist attractions. They are called 'snowdogs' and 45 of them appeared overnight all over the city.
The 'seagulls snowdog' is just along the promenade from our flat and is my favourite so far.
There are also 20 snow puppies and the lovely shell covered one is in the local library.
Ps, I am pretty sure that the Spanish tourist survived.
Pps, apparently the snowdogs are being auctioned off for charity at Christmas but I don't think that we have room for one in the flat.

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