25 years ago in Europe: Not all beaches are created equal

If you grow up in Australia, you have a warped sense of how good a beach should look. I guess it’s like growing up in Switzerland and then heading to other countries to go skiing: you’ll usually be disappointed.
When I was nine years old, I was sure that all beaches had beautiful white sand and sparkling clear ocean. After all, that’s all I’d seen. But then I arrived at Brighton Beach. And I discovered that it was not always comfortable to walk barefoot on a beach.
Wikipedia tells me that England’s Brighton Beach is technically called a shingle beach, which I’m afraid is just a fancy phrase to mean it’s full of stones and rocks. Even though I’ve since heard the argument that such beaches lead to clearer water than sand beaches, I’m not really swayed. Give me a West Aussie, white, sandy beach any day.
Part of the 25 years ago in Europe series.

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