There'll Be Blue Sky Over, White Cliffs of Dover

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Today we ventured out onto our first excursion from London. Booking a cheap bus ticket we headed down the South East coast to the famous town of Dover. Now as we all know Rick far exceeds Megs in a contest of general knowledge (namely because he has many more years of experience) and so it was Rick who chose Dover. Meg on the other hand had no idea about Dover's important history so here is a brief synopsis for those none the wiser. During both World Wars, Dover became one of the most strategically important military centres in Britain. Apparently the stark white chalk cliffs have been a symbol of home to Britons abroad and feature in the popular song of World War II. They are also said to be a world-wide symbol of peace.

So we boarded the bus to Dover on a freezing Saturday morning arriving in he seaside town at 9:30am. The visitor centre didn't open for another half an hour so we headed to the nearest greasy café for a full English breakfast (called a Fry-Up!) to fuel our day. The meal consisted of two deep fried slices of toast, bacon, a sausage, baked beans, fried tomatoes, two hash browns and an egg that was dripping in oil (the pan was an inch deep in oil when they fried, or poached the egg, in oil). With our arteries screaming "No more!" we jumped onto the local bus in search of the Battle of Britain War Memorial that sits atop the white cliffs. The bus driver told us we were heading in the right direction and promised to tell us when to get off, but we soon went flying past the Memorial and just our luck, the next stop was about two kilometres down a huge hill. We had no choice but to get off and start our hike up the hill. Walking up the steep road, we had a great view of the local township and the old pillboxes, relic of the war. Eventually we made it and managed to get some nice views through the mist shrouded of the cliffs.

We caught the really funky retro 70's double decker bus back into town and headed to Dover Castle. It was our first castle of the trip and to be honest, was really cool. There were a couple of museums and things within the grounds but our favorite was the secret war time tunnels. They had built everything underground including a hospital and it was fun to look around and imagine living down there during the War.

After we tired of the Castle we went for a long, and wet, walk along the cliffs and watched all the ferries making their way to and from France. A great way to end the day!
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