On this hidden gem of an island, 26 miles long and six miles wide, two Danish forts still point cannons toward the sea to thwart enemy attack, the spicy aroma of West Indian dishes tantalizes the taste buds, and fresh mangos and coconuts can be bought from local farmers’ trucks parked along narrow, mahogany-shaded roads. They’ll be happy to open your coconut with the swift slice of a sharp machete and offer a straw to draw out the sweet water, while the constant trade wind breeze provides relief from 85 degree heat. Unpack your clothes into the antique armoire of a European-style hotel, trade travel shoes for flip-flops, and allow the serenity of clear Caribbean water to wash your stress away. Then dress for dinner in one of many world class restaurants offering freshly-caught seafood and local Crucian dishes such as succulent kallaloo
A short train-hop from London to the south coast of England brings you to Brighton — a seaside resort not to be missed! With its buzzy nightlife, beachfront cool, historic heritage, and treasure trove of quaint shopping lanes, it has long been a favorite on the visiting lists of those in the know.
In the eighteenth century, Brighton burgeoned from being a small fishing village into a busy health resort catering to the wealthy. In 1783, its accessibility and its potential caught the attention of the then Prince of Wales (later to be Prince Regent and ultimately King George IV). He sealed the town’s reputation as a fashionable locale by becoming a regular visitor and building the Royal Pavilion — his “pleasure palace” by the sea.