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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
July 6, 2011
From journal Visiting London
February 3, 2010
Merritt Island, Florida
May 11, 2003
From journal Solo Trip to Jolly Ol' England
March 24, 2002
Ride up and down the escalators in this neon wonderland and check out all the shops, cinemas, cyber cafes, restaurants, video arcades, and exhibits such as Madam Tussaud's "Rock Circus." A carnival atmosphere prevails, and the place definitely is for the young or young-at-heart. However, being on the far (and matronly) side of forty, didn't stop me, and I never felt out of place.
I did, however, regret for the first time on my trip that I was on my own, without family in tow. Soon I found myself imagining that my ten-year-old son was with me, giddy with excitement at the prospect of all those video games, sweet shops, and gadgets.
After riding up and down the escalators and wandering around the complex for a half hour or so, I went into the Sweet Centre. Kid heaven! I'd never seen such a variety of candy - gummy animals of every conceivable species, indescribably shaped and flavored candies, yard-long licorice in dozens of flavors; candy teeth, candy lips, jawbreaker eyeballs and any other body part you'd care to name rendered in confection; marshmallow sharks, chocolate dinosaurs, jelly babies, gum-drop dwarves, and jelly beans in a hundred flavors. Tastebud overload! I filled a bag with some of the most peculiar and appealing sweets, taking a vow of candy chastity as I did so (it was for my son, you see. Hah!).
Exiting the Trocadero into the heady London atmosphere that is Piccadilly, I made myself a promise: the next time I came, I'd bring along my son, and he'd pick out his own candy.
From journal Footloose Female Off the Beaten Path in London