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Jan 3, 2018 - Lessons Learnt

So, a long time coming, lesson learnt with a little bit of time to mull it over: - Laura and I are terrible at finishing things : )) - Spain can turn you into a lager lout (see Laura and Alhambra Reserve) - Spain is a vast country and Andaluscia is vast and beautiful and diverse in itself - There are bears in Spain. Sometimes they dress like goats. - It takes a while to jump in, try and learn a language and grin at many, many mistakes - Spanish trains are much nicer/faster/cleaner/smoother/comfier/impressive than British trains - You can...

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Oct 12, 2017 - White Cliffs of Dover

@@@@@@@ Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Canterbury & Southeast England has to say about Dover: BACKGROUND White Cliffs Of Dover Immortalized in song, film and literature, the iconic white cliffs of Dover are embedded in the national consciousness, and are a big ‘Welcome Home’ sign to generations of travellers and soldiers. The cliffs rise to 100m high and extend on either side of Dover, but the best bit is the 6-mile stretch that starts about 2 miles east of town, properly known as the Langdon Cliffs. A trail runs...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Dover Update

This update will be about some stuff I forgot to mention in yesterday's Dover update and to show you pictures of the White Cliffs. So, one of the things I forgot to tell you about Dover Castle is that I truly believe it is well worth visiting, but be prepared to get a lot of exercise in the process. There are lots of hills and steps to traverse. Of course, you could avail yourself of the one picture I included and called the Wimpmobile of Dover Castle (see 18 September picture). You can not only visit the castle proper, but you can see the...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Dover

Today was all about battles. That is the Battle of Hastings and Dover Castle. As any inhabitant of the UK, Canada, and the U.S. should know, the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066. That year and the event should be so remembered because it changed the history of England, and thus imparted a path of history to Canada and the U.S. Otherwise, both Canada and the U.S. might be speaking Anglo-Saxon versus our versions of English. As far as I can recollect, William the Conqueror's (7th Duke of Normandy) successful invasion of England was the...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Rover went to Dover

Ok so it was a bad title but really travelling in Rover we had to go to Dover and cross over on the Ferry. Today we travelled 5 1/2hrs in Rover to Dover and visited the Dover Castle - One of the most amazing castles yet - There was all these underground tunnels over 3miles worth you could get lost in there. Dover Castle is one of the few castles that has a roof on it so you could really feel what life would have been like. Ollie and Tomo loved their new swords that were perfect for the battle at Dover Castle. Not sure if they are the best...

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Jan 5, 2015 - Dover to Dunkirk

Up at 5am for an early breakfast before heading down to the docks for the 8 am ferry across to Dunkirk. Nice clear morning & no frost today. Nice smooth crossing, thank goodness, just under 2 hrs. No immigration or customs controls in Dunkirk so drove straight off the ship & out of the docks. Filled up with diesel at the Auchon hypermarket on the outskirts before heading South towards Arras where we planned to stay the night.

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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 - 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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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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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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