Reminiscing with family on the SE English coast
Trip Start Feb 28, 2010
124Trip End Aug 28, 2010
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Today we headed off to Dover Castle with Liam joining us. For over 2,000 years these fortifications have protected the English coast. Henry II built the present castle in the 1180's and over the next 800 years its buildings and defences were adapted to meet the changing demands of weapons and warfare. The secret wartime tunnels were the highlight. Expanded during WWII, the fortresses secret Napoleonic tunnels wre used as an allied command post during the evacuation of Dunkirk. We went on a tour of the recreated Command Centre and hospital with sound and lighting effects. The views from the Admiralty Look-out First World War Fire Command Post were superb - the white cliffs of Dover, the English Channel and France on the horizon. We came home to the most scrumptous roast pork dinner, with Yorkshire puddings cooked by Richard. All the family joined us except for Charles who was away working. So along with Tim, Josie and ourselves there was Richard & Claire, Becky, Jordan and Liam. A fantastic Simmonds family gathering. Afterwards a few of the group headed out to seaside park to watch Ghostbusters on the big outdoor screen. Tim and I picked them up about 11pm so it was another late night after tea and hot chocolates around the kitchen table.