A Day in Dover (and Canterbury)

The first weekend in November a few friends and I went on a day trip to the White Cliffs of Dover and the town of Canterbury – home of Canterbury Cathedral, the bishop of Canterbury and the destination for Chaucer’s pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales. Our first stop was Dover Castle. We walked through the secret tunnels carved into the cliffs hundreds of years ago that were re-purposed during World War II by Winston Churchill. They made me a little claustrophobic but were a really interesting way to learn about the defense of Britain during the War. We then climbed up to the old Roman light house and to the very top of Dover Castle for a beautiful view of Calais, the Cliffs, and the city of Dover. Later we drove to Canterbury. We got a great view of the outside of the Cathedral but didn’t have the time to go inside. Instead we went to one of the oldest pubs in the city for a pint and a bite to eat. After an hour in Canterbury we drove 6 hours back to London (as opposed to the 3 it should have taken us) right into London traffic which was by far the worst part of my day.

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