Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Holiday Diary - Day 55

Today we drove from Ashford to Ipswich via Dover. Yes, I know that's the long way around but we wanted to check out Dover Castle and the white cliffs.

Here are some of today's photos.

Our first view of the castle

The view from the carpark



A couple of plugged cannons and some cannon balls

The view of the white cliffs and the port from the castle

There are a few of these around

I'm not sure how this building relates to the castle but it looks good

The view of Dover from Admirals Lookout

Admiral Bertram Ramsay

A busy little port this, that's 2 ships on their way out
and 2 more on their way in and there was one docked

The view of the cliffs from above the port

The view of the castle from above the port
We had lunch at a restaurant in the castle grounds and they had a rather large cannon on display. It was cast bronze, approximately 24' long, had a bore of about 12mm and was called "Queen Elizabeth's Pocket Pistol". It was actually a gift from the Netherlands to King Henry VIII but had been refurbished around the time of Queen Elizabeth I and the initials ER had been added which caused some confusion.

Originally we were booked to stay in Norwich for the next 3 nights but Sue has managed to get some of the bookings changed as she was just not coping with showers over baths. If we had known at the time we were booking these motels we would have booked different ones from the start. Travelodge seem to be very cooperative with changing the bookings so hopefully everything will go smoothly from now on.

Tomorrow we head north to Lowestoft where we will stay for 2 nights before heading over to Cambridge for 3 nights.


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