As an international student, arriving in Brighton felt like stepping into a whole new world. The bustling streets, the salty sea breeze, and the vibrant energy of the city filled me with excitement and anticipation. However, although it had been some months of calling this beautiful place home, I didn’t quite feel connected to the city. Armed with a sense of adventure and a borrowed copy of Ric Morris’s“<i>Brighton’s Hidden Walks</i>, this past week I set out to uncover the city’s best-kept secrets in an attempt to rekindle my love for this seaside gem. Each page held the promise of uncovering hidden treasures and secret stories woven into the fabric of the city’s rich tapestry. 

My first adventure took me through the winding streets of The Lanes, where I found myself mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colours splashed across the walls in the form of street art. As I meandered through these narrow alleyways, I was greeted by a riot of colour and creativity – the vibrant street art adorning every corner telling stories of rebellion, love, and everything in between. 

My next stop was the iconic Royal Pavilion, a majestic palace nestled amidst lush gardens and ornate domes. Stepping through its opulent halls felt like traveling back in time, as Morris’s guidebook regaled me with tales of its storied past. 

From there, I ventured into the vibrant neighbourhood of Kemptown, where narrow streets lined with colourful townhouses beckoned me to explore. Following Morris’ lead, I wandered off the beaten path and stumbled upon hidden gems – a cozy café tucked away in a quiet alley, a boutique showcasing local artisans’ creations, and a lively pub buzzing with laughter and conversation. Kemptown was a melting pot of cultures and creativity, each corner brimming with its unique charm and character. 

My last stop for the day was Stanmer Village, home to the picturesque Stanmer House, a hidden gem on the outskirts of Brighton. As I roamed its lush grounds and explored its winding pathways, I was greeted by breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside – a reminder of the natural beauty that lay just beyond the city’s borders and so close to us in the University. With its sprawling green meadows, winding pathways,

and historic landmarks, the park offered a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and served as a reminder of the slow life. I have yet to explore all the places mentioned in the book, but throughout my journey, Morris’ expert guidance led me to hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path treasures that I never would have discovered on my own. From quirky cafes to hidden gardens, each site offered a new perspective on the city and its vibrant culture. But beyond the physical landmarks, it was the people I encountered along the way who truly made my experience unforgettable. From local artisans to fellow explorers sharing in the adventure, each encounter left a lasting impression and reminded me of the beauty of human connection. None of this would’ve been possible without Ric Morris’ book. So to all fellow adventurers out there, I urge you to grab a copy and set out on your own adventure. Who knows what hidden treasures you might uncover along the way? Because with each step, you become a part of the story too.

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