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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover July 15th 2019

I’ve been on this boat for 4 hours and we’ve not gone anywhere yet. Apparently we are waiting for crew to get here from Heathrow, but it’s a lovely warm evening and I’m sat on deck supping a Tiger beer with my hubby, enjoying the view of the white cliffs of Dover. People who know us were very surprised that we chose to go on a cruise; we usually do everything on the cheap and never relaxed! However, I really wanted to go to Svalbard (which is half way between the top of Norway and the North Pole). Flying there would mean 3 flights: to Oslo, to Trømso and finally to Svalbard. It would take longer to get there and back than the amount of days you could afford to stay because it’s Norwegian and Norway ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover January 17th 2018

This morning, our group took a coach bus from our hotel to Dover. My only knowledge of Dover was that I'd heard the phrase "cliffs of Dover" before. I didn't know what else to expect. Sure enough, when we arrived from our two hour ride, we found a small town nestled against some white cliffs. It was charming. Our coach pulled into a large parking lot that was separated from the town by a small highway. A group of students went down to the water and started to splash around (even though it was quite chilly out). It was colder but beautiful near the water. A few of us walked over to check out a map. It seemed everyone was going to head to the cliffs. I wanted to use the restroom before hiking, so I ... read more
Hiking up the Cliffs
Dover Castle
Cliffs of Dover

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover June 29th 2017

The day began with a wake up call at 3:30 a.m. I got to the lobby for a cold buffet of cereal, cold cuts, sliced cheese, and various breads. We loaded up the bus at 4:45 a.m. We are a group of 28 people! I think I am the only person traveling alone. Everyone else is either married or with family. Quite a few people from America. YEAH! Lots of room to move around and plenty of space for my carry on! Our tour guide is Scott. Nice young man. Our driver is Luigi from Italy. We traveled south to Dover and to take the ferry over to Calais, France. We had to get off the bus before getting on the ferry so the French official can stamp our passports. The ferry ride took only 1 ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover February 4th 2017

Geo: 51.1297, 1.31114Rain, cold wind, sun, then rain againIn the morning, we said hello to Michel who had arrived late last night. We had brekkies, and I went out with Allison to move a horse (not hers). Then, around 10am, the three of us (Paul, Kyla, self) had an easy drive to Dover Castle. It was cold and windy … we started with the tour of the tunnels where the command center was. There was an excellent presentation about the evacuation at Dunkirk – multi-media, and it was a good visual about how the Allies got pinned at Dunkirk. I do wonder about the reasons Hitler stopped the advance and allowed the allies a three-day respite (some say it was Hitler trying to assert his command over his generals), which enabled them to rescue over 300,000 ... read more
Dover Castle
View of Dover Harbour
View of Dover Harbour

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover March 25th 2016

Geo: 51.1297, 1.31114So it seems a little silly to write a blog for 3 days away, however we have been sat at Dover for nearly 2 hrs now and moved abt a mile so ta da.....James has been fishing with a tape measure for a book that had been abandoned on the side of the lane we are in. We are slowly exhausting the M.Jackson playlist on Spotify and Nunny has already eaten his pack lunch!! We decided to eat on the ferry at 11am.... Bad choice!! #should_have_bought_doughnuts... read more
Perfect day to be stuck in a car!!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover September 15th 2015

Catching the Ferry I thought my drive from Lille to Dunkirk would be fairly straight forward since it was only 80km away and involved using a motorway for the majority of the journey. I set my alarm, allowing 2.5 hours in total before my ferry would set sail for England. I woke up one hour before my alarm was due to go off. I was feeling tired, but could not go back to sleep so decided to get up and get to the ferry earlier than planned. I selected the port location on my Satnav and set off for home. The weather was bad with heavy rain. I decided I had plenty of time with waking up early and went at a steady pace on the motorway. Once I got to Dunkirk, the traffic was bad, ... read more
Impressive castle
Admiral Bertram Ramsay - key to Operation Dynamo
Pride of Britain

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover June 10th 2015

.Weather looking better than yesterday but still an icy irritatingly strong wind. This made the decision as to whether to take a walk along the White Cliffs of Dover or visit Dover Castle quite easy. Castle won. Not as windy. Not sure there would have been any hair left on our heads if we had chosen the cliffs today. Only a short drive to the Castle from Canterbury, along a familiar route as we normally drive down to Calais twice a year. Headed for the ferry port then turned right just before the road drops down to the sea. Easy parking as we were directed to the motorhome area in the carpark after checking we could get under the 3metre bridge on the way. We parked, got out of Tandy and rediscovered the wind in all ... read more
Dover Castle
Dover Castle - superb window in the church
Dover Castle and Bob

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover May 1st 2015

Day 1 - Birmingham to Dover: 207 Miles So after a busy last day in the office fuelled by what must have been 57 cups of coffee, a quick stop at home for a shower and to finally pack some clothes, I picked up Dave F from the Jewellery Quarter and we bravely battled the rush hour traffic towards John's place in Quinton. An incredibly dull start to the trip of a lifetime, but that of course is why we're going somewhere else now. In the park next to John's house however, we did manage to play our first hole of the longest-course-ever-played. Let me explain. We've packed 3 golf clubs and a few balls, and will create a hole of golf in every country we visit, using whatever local scenery seems like fun. The challenge ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover September 30th 2014

30thEastbourne to Dover 45nm Another big day, not as much current as we’d liked, early start out the lock and set course for Dover. Dover was very tricky to get into due to the waves and currents as you come through the concrete openings. Also have to watch out for ferries and ships entering and need to get permission from harbour master 3 miles out. At one stage Phil seriously thought he was going to have to abort the entry as we were getting pushed too close to the wall. However, he gunned it thought and all was ok. Once again the berth allocated to us was way too squeezy and we couldn’t fit in, so we just perched on the end of a pontoon, went to see the marina guy and sorted out another berth ... read more
The Marina
Phil won 25 Pound on lotto
Dover Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Dover May 26th 2014

After breakfast in the hotel, we left and headed to the newest piece of land in Britain, Samphire Hoe, created using the 4.9 million cubic metres of spoil from the Euortunnel. It has become a green, grassy area and a haven for fishermen who line the seawall. At £5 per day to fish, they would have to be pretty successful! We walked along the sea wall which is basically just a giant concrete wall about 5 metres thick. There are some photos of the huge waves that crash over the wall in stormy weather – no fishermen in those pictures! Moving on down the coast is the memorial for the Batttle of Britain. Shaped as a huge propeller, there is a number of signboards that tell the story of the battle and the shifts in power ... read more
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