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Brighton & & Hove, a short guide for the informed tourist



Brighton is a beautiful city with a fascinating history, vibrant culture and vibrant nightlife located in East Sussex on the south coast of England. It is not a particularly populous city having only 200, 000 inhabitants, but it is also quite well known abroad. Being a seaside town it always has a certain charm.

A brief history of Brighton

The first time  Brighton was found in documents was under the name of Bristelmestune, registered in Domesday Book  in 1066. Strangely enough this name remained as Brighton’s official name until 1810! The name Beorthelm comes from the word “bord helan” + tūn, which means “the farm of Beorthelm”. This is a common Old English name that is often found in England, in fact now many place names end with ton.

We know that this area has been inhabited for at least 5000 years, archaeologists have discovered a lot, but they are sure there is still a lot to discover. The Romans are standing here, it remains in fact a Roman rental property and passed various Roman roads. Archaeological discoveries of vases and other objects are not lacking.

In 1300 Brighton was a small town with the usual church, bar and a few houses, the real development of the city began in 1700 when rumours started to gaze by the sea and say hello. So the first beach holidays were born. Of course, only the rich could afford them and instead of going to a hotel, they often had a house built. For this reason, we can now see many instances of the penalty 1700 and start 1800 in Brighton and certainly does not lack the Victorian style.

Once the railway arrived in 1840, Brighton grew faster than any other city in Great Britain and during the subsequent Victorian period, many areas were horribly overcrowded, with smelly slums. In the years ’30 Brighton had a bad reputation, there were violent gangs coming to the train station from London. In short, little has changed at great.

Disadvantage the arrival of cheap foreign holidays, Brighton has suffered. Londoners still come to Brighton for a day or weekend break, but they rarely choose to spend their holidays there. It is cheaper to go to Spain or Greece where the single is almost guaranteed. Brighton has suffered, having for a few decades the air of a failed city like Blackpool or Hastings. But it has managed to reinvent itself with a university and an economy of its own. Although tourism and hospitality are an important part of the economy, they are not everything. There are many major companies here and the creative sector is booming. Brighton isn’t just a place for commuters working in London. Brighton with Hove officially became a city in 2000

What to see in Brighton?

The Palace Pier and the famous Brighton Pavillion The first is the famous pier with a bit of everything above, typical of the second half of the nineteenth century when every seaside town built at least one. Not to be confused with the West Pier, destroyed by storms and fire, now you can see only a part of the skeleton, a somewhat ghostly vision, but which many photographers its weird atmosphere.

The Royal Pavillion or Brighton Structure was built by architect John Nash in oriental style (also responsible for the Regent’s Park and Regent Road in London) for George, the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. It became the seaside home of the royal family until Queen Victoria decided to use Osborne House to the Isle of Wight and the Pavillion was sold to the city of Brighton.

The other, more recent thing that almost everyone who visits the city does is to get on the British Airways i 360 and admire the view. Or go on the Wheel, a Ferris wheel located on the beach.

Museums to see

Like any self-respecting city, also Brighton has several museums. The Brighton Museu m which is located near the Pavillion is worth visiting, not only does it have an excellent permanent collection but the exhibitions are often interesting and very much reflect the spirit of the city. For eternal children, we also find the Brighton Plaything and also Version Gallery which, as the name implies, is dedicated to models, toys and trains. Brighton also has a natural history museum and although not quite a museum also a famous aquarium called Sea Life Brighton

In addition to the usual chain stores found everywhere, the city has a number of small shops of antiques, stamps and coins that you cannot find anywhere else. It also has several interesting markets. You cannot miss The Lanes which are narrow streets full of shops, restaurants and clubs that will make you lose at least one afternoon. You will also find it has a great flea market which is located in Kensington Gardens and is called Snoopers Heaven Or you can go to the Free Market , which despite its name is an indoor market.

Brighton & Hove, what does alarming mean?

Brighton and Hove, the neighbouring town, were joined in 1997 and have only one town hall. Officially the name of the city is supposed to be Brighton & Hove, but everyone calls it Brighton. But you see the official name often and also the football team is called Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and plays in the Premier Organization.

Culture and nightlife in Brighton

This city is often referred to as the gay capital of the UK , in fact it has a vibrant LGBT+ community that organizes many events. Brighton Pride is one of the most famous in Europe. However, it is a place with so much culture, from exhibitions to concerts, you never get bored. Just think that Londoners often come here to spend the weekend break!

On a day trip from London

It is less than an hour by train from London Victoria station and therefore it is the most visited place by many Londoners when they want to get out of the metropolis and go to the seaside. Trains are frequent and you can go for a day or for a weekend break.


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The new Munch Museum in Oslo opens in October 2021



It will open on Oct 22nd this year. The new Munch Museum in Oslo will have  11 exhibition halls, concert and conferences spaces, a panoramic terrace, bars and restaurants, as well as a large bookshop and various lounge areas, where you can take a break or have a chat. The new Oslo museum, is aiming to become a dynamic cultural centre. The new buildings if five times larger than the previous one. 

The project has been the target of harsh criticism related, above all, to the aesthetics of the building, a structure which, according to many, would be cold and clumsy. Beyond the aesthetic aspects, it is worth underlining the architects’ commitment and attention to sustainability issues. 

Obviously, the figure of the artist Edvard Munch , from which it takes its name, will be told and enhanced through different approaches and multiple points of view. The new museum will also present the work of other Norwegian artists in a more comprehensive way, says the press release.

The new Munch Museum is being financed by the Oslo City Council and will be located in the city centre, not far from the National Museum of Art .

The large exhibition program designed to enhance the immense heritage museum consisting of over 26. 000 works of art, including paintings, sketches, graphics, drawings and sculptures made by Munch himself, as well as an infinity of his personal items, letters and photographs. 

New acquisitions will support and enrich both the permanent exhibition and new temporary exhibitions, which will thus remain open to the public throughout the year. The permanent exhibition presents a representative selection from the approximately 60 works of art related to Munch’s early artistic attempts.

After the opening, we will not only see a collection exhibited by themes in the sections “Infinite”, “Up close”, “Huge”, “Stenersen” and “All is life “. There will also be the work of contemporary artists compared with Munch, starting with the exhibition “ Tracy Emin / Edvard Munch. The solitude of the spirit “.

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Edvard Munch (1974) (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray)
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Edvard Munch: love and angst (British Museum)
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What is that spire outside Charing Cross station in London?



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Maybe you don’t know what that kind of gothic spire is in front of Charing Cross station in London. Don’t worry we explain everything here. Edward I was a king of England in the thirteenth century and was known for his lavish lifestyle. He loved to spend money and had a fondness for extravagant items such as jewellery and tapestries. His wife, Eleanor of Castile, died in 1290 advertisement Harby near Lincoln. Charing Cross is one of twelve crosses called Eleanor Cross that the king had built to mark where his wife’s funeral procession stopped.

The cross was destroyed in the year 1647 by the Puritans during the English Civil War. After the construction of Charing Cross station in 1865, a reproduction of Eleanor Cross was created and placed outside the station and not in its original place in Trafalgar Square where the equestrian sculpture dedicated to Carlo.

The reproduction was created by the architect EM Barry himself who built the railway station. He used uncommon images available from the original. at the top, there are eight images of Eleonora, 4 as a queen, with imperial symbols and 4 represented as a Christian. Below are curved angels and shields with royal weapons and those of Ponthieu, Castile and Leon, all copied from still extant Eleanor Crosses who were at Waltham Cross and Northampton.

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Incredible painted medieval village



Every so often you hear of a wonderful place for the first time and you wonder how you had never heard of it before.  Today we are talking of a medieval village found near Bologna, in Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. 

The Medieval Village of Dozza

In fact, the walls of the buildings and situations are completely covered with artistic work and frescoes. We are talking about an open-air museum, where we can admire drawings, colours and paintings that are quite magical.


If you are near Bologna go and see Dozza

It has a beautiful historic centre and a castle called Rocca Sforzesca with beautiful halls. There is also a beautiful church and the food is to die for. Dozza also hosts a couple of food festivals every year, food is very important here. ior54kl mrior587io

Every two years in September there is a festival when artists paint the walls of the houses.  The Biennale del Muro the most important event in Dozza. In four days of September, famous national and international artists perform permanent works on the walls of the houses of the small town, giving it the peculiar characteristic of an open-air art gallery. Dozza has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was a Celtic village before the arrivals of the Romans. 





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