Leeds Castle, Dover, and Canterbury


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April 11th 2007
Published: April 11th 2007
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Two of the many peacocks that were almost run over by the tour bus
Today I had a fantastic tour. Departing from London, I finally saw the tower of London on our way to Leeds Castle. The castle itself is in the county of Kent, a very pretty part of England. The castle tour wasn't very interesting, but the surrounding grounds were fun to explore.
Next, we went to the Cliffs of Dover. Unfortunately, the site the driver and tour guide chose for pictures was less than appealing. We were extremely far away from the cliffs themselves, and even then, the cliffs would only best seen from out at sea. In addition, there was a large amount of sea mist preventing us from seeing the coast of France across the English Channel.
After our short stop in Dover, we traveled to the town of Canterbury, home of the historical Canterbury Cathedral. We stopped and ate lunch at a small fish & chips pub before touring the cathedral itself. The Cathedral was great, as our tour guide personally guided four of us around the cathedral itself, highlighting the various points (something he's not allowed to do). The cathedral doesn't let tour guides inside, unless they have a special license and charge the people touring ($$$
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Lake near the castle
that must be given to the cathedral itself). Plus we were allowed to take pictures, something most guides will not allow. After exploring the cathedral, I went walking about the town. They had a small flea market that didn't have much, but I did buy a new pair of sunglasses at one of the stores nearby. I also found batteries for my other camera (film), which had not been able to find anywhere.



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Castle grounds
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Castle grounds
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Two of the many swans at the lake.
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Old castle ruins
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There were lots of these trees blooming
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The Castle
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the castle
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castle gardens
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Centuries ago, an actual drawbridge was here. However, when the castle was renovated, a stonebridge was added.
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Entrance to the castle


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