Dover Castle and the White Cliffs
Dover was just a short 30-minute train ride from Canterbury. I arrived at the Dover Priory station and was fortunate to hire Arthur, a young Albanian taxi driver, to take me to the White Cliffs and Dover Castle. When we arrived at the White Cliffs, Arthur got out of the taxi and accompanied me on the walk to the cliffs. When you are standing on the cliffs, you can’t view them. Instead, your view is out to sea towards Calais, France or to the right toward the Port of Dover. Arthur indicated that during the summer season, tour boats run from the Port and provide an excellent opportunity to photograph the White Cliffs.
After taking several photos from the White Cliffs, we drove down the hill to the Dover Castle entrance gate. It was shortly after opening time when I arrived and the man at the ticket booth advised me to head first to view the secret tunnels. Since the movie, Dunkirk, which featured the tunnels, there are long waiting lines to tour the secret tunnels. I got in on the first tour and proceeded to a Quonset hut scene depicting an air raid shelter. I sat through most of the presentation and learned that the tunnels get smaller and more confining than the air raid shelter, which held 30+ attendees. I felt slightly claustrophobic in the small space with so many people and decided I didn’t want to complete the tour. I exited through the gift shop and proceeded to climb the hill to the Castle. Dover Castle is the largest castle in England and is very well restored. I took photos and walked the grounds for an hour or so and then called Arthur to come take me back to the train station.
I returned to our small boutique hotel with plenty of time to schedule an 80-minute hot rocks massage. What a great treat for my aching feet and legs after walking the steep grounds of the castle!