From the 12th to the 20th century Dover Castle

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Hawthorn Caravan Park

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

No it was not cold this morning it was bloody freezing but at least it did not rain. Awake at 5.45, showered by 6am and the washing on the go by 6.30am we found ourselves with heaps of time to spare before we caught the 9.16 am train to Dover. the train service is very good here and also on time. The railway station is only 5 minutes walk from the park so easy to get to. Arrived in Dover in plenty of time to walk to the castle. If you are at all familiar with the castle you will know that the castle is situated on the highest point of the area and we had to walk there. All uphill of course but we kept telling ourselves that the walk down would be so much easier. Finally we arrived completely buggered but still keen to have a look at it all. Dover Castle is a great medievil fortress, created by King Henry 11 and his Plantagenet successors.  It is also known as the " Key to England" It has a great re-enactment of the rescue from Dunkirk taken place during World War 2. The tunnels were used during this period and during the tour you witness authentic news real footage, dramatic rooms set and the latest in exhibition design.all this leads you to the nerve centre of the tunnels to the horror of the Dunkirk beaches where men were under such intense enemy attacks. You felt as though you were in the middle of this horror and the futlity of war. A very good display.
At the castle itself you will find yourself involved in all sorts of re-enactments held during Henry 11nd reign. Very very funny and the actors do such a good job and make the whole visit a lot of fun. Well done dover castle and thanks for a great visit.
Dover itself is not much, looks a bit dirty and messy and seems to be all over the place. I think that after all it is just a place for people crossing the channel. It was clear enough to see France today which was exciting as we will be going there tomorrow morning.
Did some grocery shopping prior to walking back to the railway station, caught the train back to the caravan park, relaxed with a lovely glass of red, Rick actually had a Fosters for the first time ever. Guess what he says it is a nice drop. We were able to sit in the sun for a while which led to talking to lots of people as well. A nice finish to our day.
France tomorrow.
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goonermarch on

I think I speak for all who are reading this blog that it is so very readable,very entertaining and extremely informative embellished with some very good photography - really looking forward to the European section. Have a great trip over the water.

Ingrid on

How Cool.... France!!! I must admit to a slight (majorly) bit of jealousy. Please make sure you have a chocolate croissant..... they are to die for.

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