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An early start this morning and as usual we got an earlier train , which was boarding in 5 mins, so we arrived in Dover before we had left France.
The worst thing that struck us was the awful state of the English roads. The concrete M20 is diabolical. What on earth foreign visitors must think - its an awful welcome to the country.
The Spanish road system is superb and the French roads were all open in snow and ice.
This was ...
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... a few cafes further along the waterfront. We walked as far as the ferry terminal and then back along Main Street until we got to Pusser's Store which is an Island institution, named after the rum rations given to sailors by the purser. It started life as a bar and now sells some quite upmarket clothing. We had bought a polo shirt many years ago from here that is still going, so bought another! Then we stopped for coffee at ...
... and head out for a walk. This is an older neighbourhood with nice old homes. Our hotel owner has bought five of them and turned them into a conglomerate of hotels.
We head down to the water for a walk. We come across a garden walkway down to the promenade. This garden area was first built in the early 1920's to help keep the people working in this area after WWI. It was rebuilt after WWII when it was left and covered by barbed wire and cement blocks to protect the city ...
Our train trip today took 1 and 1/2 hours, lovely country side again, now headed south of London to Portsmouth, which is a working Naval base where they not only have navy ships, but on display the "HMS Victory" launched 1765, "HMS Warrior" 1860. Also the "Mary Rose" built in early 1500, it was sunk in 1545 by the French fleet, and was rediscovered in 1836, raising some items including cannons. In 1980 the underwater excavation started ...