A Tour of Kent: the Leeds Castle, White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral & Greenwich
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June 30th, 2007 – by: Isabetlog
Walking through the castle, I was amazed to find how well it was preserved. And I don't mean just the castle itself, but a lot of its original trimmings are still intact. Of course it's been occupied until as late as the 70s so much of it decor is from recent history. But nonetheless, I think this is one of the few castles I've been to whose public areas remain to be almost fully furnished, unlike a lot of the others where half of the rooms and halls you walk through have been left bare.
It would've been ideal to see the gardens and take a nice leisurely stroll, but we were on a schedule and there was only time for the main feature, not the extras.
The trip then took us next to Dover where we had a less than satisfying lunch at the Lighthouse Inn. A strong wind was blowing accompanied by fog so thick you could barely see the view. We drove down to the beach by the port below to get a better view of one of England's most famous landmarks, the spectacular White Cliffs.
Composed of chalk and black flint and reaching up to 350 ft. in height, the White Cliffs of Dover form part of the southeastern British coastline facing continental Europe. On a clear day, one can easily see the French coast.
It was like traveling back in time, walking through the centuries-old cobblestoned streets of Canterbury. It's a shame that modernization has crawled its way into this city, as were greeted by a huge Gap sign over one of the medieval structures. On to the cathedral....
As with most cathedrals, this is another colossal one, with an extensive history to match its size. It dates back to the first century when it was first founded by the first Archbishop, St. Agustine in AD 597. Many additions were erected thorughout the year by succeeding Archbishops.
There was no guided tour for this one, we were pretty much left to our own devices for once and ample time was given for us to go around. I didn't have a guide to the cathedral though, so I ended just meandering about until it was time to regroup with the rest and head over to Greenwich.
It's too bad that the Cutty Sark had been nuked several weeks prior to our visit so we were unable to see that.
The rain hadn't let up by the time we got back to London so we found shetler in a restaurant for an early dinner.
Later that evening as we plopped ourselves on the bed and turning on the TV, we discovered that the Glasgow International Airport had been the next location of another terrorist attack, and that a terrorist suspect had just been arrested at the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool. The news gave us the chills as we had just come from those places, plus there was that failed bomb attack in London just yesterday!! And to think I was in London in 2005, missing the chain of bomb blasts by a 3 days! I love London, but in a way was glad to be going home soon. Goes to show that it's not only third world countries like the Philippines that are vulnerable to such heinous acts of terror, it can happen anywhere and at anytime.
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