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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 » Canterbury July 15th 2019

Hiking from Canterbury to Dover This year we decided to take the first week of our vacation to go on a hike. The trail we chose is an ancient pilgrim route called Via Francigena. The route goes from Canterbury in England to Rome in Italy. We have no intension of walking all of it. We don't have the time. Walking all of it would take maybe three months. But also, it wouldn't be fun. We enjoy hiking but one week is quite enough for us. More than that and it would turn into a project and that is not what we are after. We began the hike in Canterbury. Before we went there we only knew of two things about that city: 1 it has a cathedral 2 there is a book named the Canterbury Tales ... read more
Canterbury city gate
Statue of Geoffrey Chaucer
A gate in the old town

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury May 29th 2019

It was dark when we woke. We could see nothing through the sky light. The camp site was quiet as the grave. Well it was 5.30 in the morning. The alarm had woken us up and we were ready for our last breakfast in France. I do the last minute jobs in Gabby. I swung the captains seats round, I pulled the blinds down and let what little light there was in. Glenn went out and unplugged the electric and then we were on our way. We like Guines. It is one of those campsites that we can get out of early. I frightened Glenn to death when I thought that the gates were shut. They were open so we headed off for the train. The journey for the tunnel was uneventful and I vowed to ... read more
Entrance to the cathedral square
The war memorial
The cloisters

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury May 6th 2019

As explained in my blog the purpose of my trip to England was twofold; firstly, to discover my maternal ancestry in Devon and secondly to walk the last few miles of the Old Way Pilgrimage to Canterbury. This blog covers the second of these two purposes. 1 - 5 May 2019 Wednesday through Sunday. I arrived on a flight from Denver to Heathrow at about noon and was met by nephew Jeremy. We had just a few minutes before he had to return to London for a meeting. We had coffee and talked about his and Nadine's forthcoming trip to Chile and Easter Island and my plans for my time in England. He has accepted an assistant professorship in Economics at Bristol University in the fall, and his wife Nadine, who is a doctor, will be ... read more
Bourton-on-the-Water
Memories of staying at the White Swan in Stratford with Linda in 1974
Avon River with Shakespeare Theater in the background

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent February 3rd 2019

VW campervan hire company Wanderlust on Wheels have recently relocated down to the South East and to celebrate this new customers are given a 20% discount for all bookings taking place before the end of April 2019. Now based in the historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, newlyweds Mary and James want to share their campervan so anyone can experience the adventure and freedom of the open road. With several bookings already, their main goal is to provide fun and comfortable adventures to other couples of all ages. The comprehensive insurance covers 23 – 75 year olds but can be amended to cover drivers outside of this bracket. At just over an hour to Folkstone you could jump on the Eurotunnel to France, take your time driving up to Scotland or simply find a ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Tunbridge Wells October 21st 2018

Our stomachs were rumbling when we drove up to the car park of our next National Trust property . This one was in Kent. We were criss crossing the borders between Kent and its neighbouring county West Sussex. As we drove up we showed our tickets and the young volunteer suggested we parked up on the rough grand to the left side of the car park . There was more room there and also we would see another motorhome parked up. How brilliant that was - for the first time in a long time we were being treated fairly in our larger than a car vehicle . It was nice not be stuck in a corner or being told we were too big to park up. Our first stop after parking up and locking Gabby was ... read more
The old castle hidden away
Scotney old castle
The old castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent July 25th 2018

Hi Everyone On Monday we all went to Canterbury Cathredal left the car at park and ride,and got the shuttle bus to inner Canterbury,as the parking is horrendous!!.we had a great time wandering around,they are doing work on the Cathredal,which will be ready in 3 years. On Tuesday we went to the Kent Lavendar farm with our Neighbour Vicki,we had a lovely day and had lunch at a local pub. Kevin and neighbour Barrie took off in Barrie’s sports car,then parked the car and went for a 4hr walk. Today we all went back to Dover to see Dover castle,it was impressive.. Our friend Robyn leaves Tommorrow for London,then carries on her 2mth tour of Europe. Thank you all for travelling with Kevin and I We feel we have been away for so long,we have seen ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent July 22nd 2018

Hello Everyone Have been out and about. We went with our neighbours the other day to Dover,Kevin and Barrie our neighbour took off and started their walk along the white cliffs of Dover ,and Vicki our neighbour and I had a coffee and looked around the area.we met up with guys at a place called St Margarets bay and had lunch and then continued their walk to a place called Deal,we had a great day and getting to know our neighbours. Yesterday Kevin and I drove to Hyeth to go to the Romney,Hythe &Dymchurch Railway it was a lot of fun,it was miniature it was a steam Train ,it had 5 stops ended up at Dungeness which has a nuclear power station,its right on the water. Today is my Birthday and yesterday I got a great ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent July 17th 2018

Hi Everyone Havnt been in touch for a while,enjoying the slower pace,going out for day trips,the countryside here is so green and beautiful. It’s aalways lovely to come back to Little Swarling and surrounds. Few days ago we went to Winstable and Herne Bay lovely seaside villages,had a bit of fun walking along seeing Punch and Judy shows.,merry go rounds and the like. Yesterday we visited a Vineyard church in Canterbury. Very casual,friendly people,good sermon,and uplifting worship. Today we have just come back from visiting a small village called Chilham the best we have seen so far,Tudor houses. The Dogs are always glad to see us when we get back. Tommorrow Kevin is going off early to explore the local area Hope everyone is well SK... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent July 13th 2018

Hi everyone It’s been a few days since I last got in touch,we have been here 1 week,and We have just put our friend Joan on the train for London and then Sheffield,it has been so lovely to catch up and of course it was sad to see her go😂 We have been to Margate a sea town about 40 mins away,lovely old Town. And another day we went to a place called Sandwich about 1 hour away. Kevin is doing so well with the driving the lanes in Kent are so Narrow,I’m glad we are not using the sports car!! The weather here is fantastic,watched England get beaten by Croatia,on Sat they play Sweden for third position. We are enjoying the lovely surroundings here,and the 2 retrievers Holly and her daughter Nessa they are a ... read more
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