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Mar 25, 2014 - Back in England

We left Licques at 9am, paid a small toll of €3.60, and arrived at the Calais Ferry Terminal in plenty of time for the 10.45am crossing. It was 90 minutes and we lost an hour with the time zone change so arrived in Dover at 11.15am. Back to driving on the left side of the road again! We found a place to park near the town centre, and spent a couple of hours looking around, changed our euros to pounds and got a top-up for the iPhone so we now have internet on the go again for the first time since we left England 5 months ago. We stopped at...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Black Friday

Saturday, September 14 In the middle of the Channel between Le Harve, France and Plymouth, England 50.00.05 N and 003.04.41 W Up early at 4:30 AM and ordered coffee sitting on Patio and contemplating what really happened yesterday on Black Friday. It was really a Black Friday! All this planning for the last year and a half thrown out the window. We got up in the morning to a superb breakfast (last ones downstairs) at The Relish - eggs done perfect (Edith says that is how you tell a perfect breakfast), locally made sausage and British Back...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Folkestone, England

Friday, September 13 (Black Friday) The Relish in Folkestone, Kent It is 8:30 in the morning and sitting in the Parlor overlooking the park behind the building. The park is rectangular with houses surrounding the complete park and is used by its occupants. It is presently 16C with slight drizzles. We arrived in London yesterday and hour and half late because of mechanical problems in Edmonton. It was a good flight but once we landed and pulled up to the gate the Jetway would not operate. They tried to fix it but didn't work so we pulled up...

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Jul 28, 2013 - 1066

JOSH: 1066 ... This year means a lot to the people of England. This was the year that William the Conqueror conquered England. We went to the site of the Battle of Hastings. The funny thing about the Battle of Hastings was that it wasn't actually fought at Hastings. About three miles away in fact. We got an audio tour around the site. We took a walk that was supposed to take half an hour. But unfortunately part of it was under reseeding and we had to take a detour. It took us about 15 minutes to do the entire track. We learnt all about it....

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Jul 28, 2013 - White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Tales

As our ferry approached the shores of the United Kingdom, we were treated to views of the famous white cliffs of Dover. We spent four days in the Dover area as it is a very beautiful area with lots of things to see. We took the train to Canterbury where the main attraction is the Canterbury Cathedral. It is a huge church that took several hours to see the entire building. There was a special event going on with youth choirs, one from Minnesota and one from Hong Kong. Both groups were good but the Hong Kong choir was absolutely amazing. In...

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May 27, 2013 - Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral

On my last day of this trip before flying home, we drove over to Dover Castle, arriving about 10 a.m. As it turns out, today is what my British friends call a "bank holiday" and a special salute to World War II was being presented. It was a beautiful day - warm and sunny - so thousands of people had shown up and quite overwhelmed the English Heritage admissions staff. We ended up in a long queue for quite some time. But I finally found myself walking through the King's Barbicon Gate like Henry II, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Charles I’s...

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May 9, 2013 - Leeds Castle & Canterbury

We’ve been to Dover to board the hovercraft to Calais, France when we were still leading groups of high school students on European adventures. It’s been a long time. This stop is advertised on this cruise as a way to see London, but it’s 70 miles away and once you get there, there’s too much to see. We heard that Dover itself doesn’t have much to offer a tourist, so we chose a tour that went to nearby Leeds Castle, a place we’ve never been and then took us to Salisbury for some free time. This seemed like an ideal tour. We like to learn...

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Apr 4, 2013 - England Day 7

We were up early for our first official bus tour of the trip. We took a taxi to Virginia Coach Station for some people-watching while we waited for our coach to carry us to Leeds Castle in the blowing snow. It was still bitterly cold and we had a day full of huge snowflakes. Leeds is a Norman castle built in the 12th century and is on 500 acres of gardens complete with an aviary, a golf course, a maze and a lake that serves as the moat. The castle itself was built on three islands and connected in the past by drawbridges. Now they are...

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Nov 18, 2012 - Dover Castle

After heavy rain last night, this morning it is a lovely sunny day. After breakfast we drove Homer to Dover Castle where our English Heritage paid off with free admission for the day. We looked through the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Museum which tells the story of military conflicts involving British regiments throughout the world. We then explored King Henry II’s great tower and climbed to the top for great views of Dover. We then went down into the medieval tunnels built in the early 13th century. We emerged just as the land-train...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Dover, England

We left our cg at 8:30 and 20 min. later found ourselves in a massive slow down! Traffic must have been backed up and crawling for 5 miles (as heard on the radio). Today is Armed Forces Day in England so we surmised there was a big event or parade down the way but we never found out the exact reason for our gaining just 4 kms in 1 hour 50 minutes! |It was truly annoying and a waste of fuel. Dieter directed us off the first exit we finally came to and we took local roads through villages and farm country for about 30 kms. I figure we lost...

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Carol-IvanTravels

Apr 1, 2012 - Day 4 Dover England - Crossing Over

OMG! Why is Jo waking me @ 4am (Even the chickens are still sleeping!)? Oh, I forgot it's our first bus trip as a group. OK, now I have to get a move on! The bus is rolling at 5:30. Oh my, I'm looking forward to meeting new people, engaging conversation and hopefully, making new friends (Hope my hearing aides hold up - I don't want to miss anything! Hmmm, did I bring enough spare batteries? Do they have Walgreen's or CVS drugstores in Europe?). Well, In the next few hours, we'll be on a ferry crossing the English Channel! Who would have...

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Jo & Ray Euro Travel

Oct 2, 2011 - Dover and the "BASTARD" roundabouts

I had another visitor before bed last night. A field mouse decided to explore our room. Sam & Jim chased it out of our room and into somewhere else. Obviously I forgot to mention that nephew Phil and his wife Helena from London managed to join us Friday for a most enjoyable weekend. Phil is a professional photographer and a good one to boot, and I am using some of his photos. Thanks Phil. Part of the 40 pounds extra weight were the (2) two quilts for our niece and nephew who recently married (No not to each other). When presented to Helena...

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