France is on the other side of the sea
I have spent a week in Eastbourne/Langley. It is a lovely medium sized town in East Sussex, on the south coast of England. It is also a place where many Londoners live after their retirement.
The area has seen human activity since the stone age and remained as an area of small settlements right up until the 19th Century. The town then started to expand, assisted by the arrival of the railway, to make Eastbourne a prime Edwardian seaside resort.The main town lies sheltered to the East of the cliffs helping to contribute to its high sunshine record. Already Henri I spent holydays here but also Edward II. The city has splendid old victorian houses and the six km (four miles) long beach is lined with a seafront of hotels and guest houses.
It is very easy for Londoners to go to Eastbourne as the distance is only 150 km (93 miles) to spent one day at the sea.
There also were a lot of people from London and surroundings spending here the school holidays which are from mid July til beginning of September.
This coast is also called "The Sunshine Coast" because apparently even when the weather is bad, the sun shows up at least once a day. I was very lucky I had sunshine during the whole week I was there.
The main street of Eastbourne
The "shopping walk" (no cars) with shops, boutiques, Department stores, Pubs, Restaurants and Cafés
and of course the unavoidable sea gulls, here with a just stolen piece of bread !
and here people enjoy the sun with a nice drink or food on terraces of Pubs, Restaurants, or Snacks.
The little red car is Anne's car we stopped there for a souvenir shop ! I bought a ceramic seagull for Mr. Gattino unfortunately it doesn't scream !
Here we are at Eastbourne Habour, with many big private boats. You also can make a tour.
Just in front of the habour were many restaurants where we had our brunch as you can see there were a lot of people !
Behind me are very luxurious appartments
Coming from Eastbourne mainstreet we arrive
directly at the long seafront. The buildings are mostly Victorian style. It seemed to me that if the cars were not there and people didn't wear modern clothes, it could be exactly like a 150 years ago.
The old pier. In there are now shops and tourist attractions. There are also many playgrounds for children.
And then I saw something very special on Eastbourne's streets ! A woman who walked her perrot who sat happily in this stroller and enjoyed the sunshine !
One day we spent in Hastings. It is a picturesque town not far from Eastbourne. It is best known for its connection with the Battle of Hastings in 1066 (I wrote about Hastings history last year here)
Hastings main industry was fishing. It still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England. From a fishing port it became a watering place and finally a seaside resort in Victorian times.
Here too the city was packed with tourists, even more then in Eastbourn, due to place's history. There is also a lot to see and it's also very interesting for children. There are a miniature railway, fairground rides and amusement arcades catering for tourists near the Fishmarket.
The fishmarket includes the striking net shops, fisherman's museum and Hastings Sea Life Centre. Fishing boats are likely to be drawn up on the beach and there is a lifeboat station.
Nearby is Hastings Old Town with a number of buildings dating from the earliest days of the town. There are two funicular railways, known locally as the West Hill and East Hill Lifts respectively.
I only can say that this town is so beautiful with its very old houses, here too the time stood still.
The town center
One of the wonderful old churches
Believe it or not, in this historical stand Doug ordered our food
In the city
As there are so many seagulls (they are protected) flying around and stealing food from the tourists, this lady works for the city and has an owl on a leash. The owl immediately sees when a seagull intends to dive on a tourist and chases it away. It worked I can assure you !
She stood there with her owl in the middle of all terraces !
The roof of a shopping mall
Friday morning is flea market in Hailsham. So we went there. Hailsham is not located at the sea but inlands. The town originally grew as an agricultural centre but is now mainly a commuter town. Many people live here and go to London every day for work. Hailsham's traditional industry was rope making, which included supplying ropes for public hanging to Great Britain and the Colonies. Fortunately not any more today !
Here again beautiful old little houses
And here we are now on the flea market. It is as everywhere a lot of junk, but sometimes also something interesting.
Need shoes ?
A stand for Mrs. Lifecruiser, Porkburgers !!
Doug found a very nice leather belt for nearly nothing and completely new and I could buy a Ferrari (!!!) for Mr. Gattino's Formula 1 collection.