Friday, 23 June 2017
23.06.2017 - 23.06.2017
Close to perfect day as we entered the Bus Shop. Spoke to the lady and purchased a 'family all day' bus pass for just £12.00. She also printed off the 'two for one' Dover Castle Form. At about 08:30 we set off with just two other passengers in a double decked "Stagecoach" bus. Most of the journey is along small country roads and narrow village streets.
First stop in Dover was the Visitor Information Centre where it was suggested that we visit their free museum. Their star attraction is the world's oldest known wooden seagoing vessel. It is reputed to date back to the Bronze Age. The museum is spread over three floors and is presented in a modern and tasteful fashion. We walked to the waterfront to 'admire' the stony-gravelled beach 8-). No building sand castles here.
Went back to the bus station to catch the bus that takes us past the Dover Castle. We decided to pass on the suggestion that we walk up there and anyway the day-pass covers this as well. We pay for our entry - Half Price Concession just £8.50 each. The site covers 88 acres with lots of ups and downs. First stop the WW2 tunnels and the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk presented as a sequence of audio-visual pieces in different rooms and corridors.
Used the Land Rover powered "train" to get us to the tower. This massive structure is based on the original fortifications. The history and story behind the the various parts was beautifully presented including real people in period costume. It was a challenging climb to the roof of the tower and while we were considerably slower than most we made it up there. The wind was fierce but I managed to take some reasonable images. After the heat of the past few days we almost needed a jacket.
The site also hosts the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment museum. An amazing history of a military formation dating back to to the late 1700. The names on the 'colours' cover most of the known world. I was surprised to find New Zealand among the battle honours. This museum alone deserves at least half a day. Supper impressive.
On the advice of one of the staff we walked down to the town. It did save waiting for a return bus but it was a LONG way down. On the way we discussed options for the remainder of the day and decided to ride the bus North to Deal with the intention of spending some time in that city. The route from Dover to Deal was certainly not straightforward. Jenny assures me that we passed one spot at least four times. Instead of returning to Dover and then Canterbury we took the option of swapping bus routes and travel on to Sandwich and travel to Canterbury from there. We passed through a number of towns and villages with passengers joining and leaving the bus leaving us as the sole occupants on occasions.
Back in Canterbury just before 18:00 we were both a little foot-sore and had a quick meal on the way back to the hotel. Lots of things to write up but don't want to bore you any further. Hope you've gained the impression that this was indeed a massive day.
Will take it easy tomorrow with nothing specific planned.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony