There'll be blue birds over....
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... the white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after
Tomorrow, when the world is free.
Those are my first memories of the White Cliffs... that day in late November 1995 when Robson & Jerome's Double A side cover version (alongside Unchained Melody) hit #1 in the UK singles chart. I was studying my 2nd year B.E in Bangalore, India then and wondering "who are these two well groomed men?" as I watched them croon on Top Of The Pops. My history is quite poor so at that time I had no idea of what these Cliffs were - an actual place or some sort of euphemism for a place of happiness?? Yep, my history knowledge is THAT bad!
Fast forward to 2005 when I started researching for my London trip, the "Frommers' 25 one day trips outside of London" book came in handy and Dover was one of the getaway places mentioned.
Then came the next issue - solo tour? Worth it? Or just bung on a package tour? Thankfully for me, I chose to go with Astral Travels (www.astraltravels.co.uk). They had a great 1 day package that covered Dover, Canterbury and Leeds Castle. I'd gone with Astral Travels last autumn and didn't have the best of experiences but I thought I'd give them a 2nd go.
The bus was prompt - picked me up at an unearthly 7:45am on Saturday morning in front of the High St tube. He picked up a few more, went to their station and got on the right minibus. Our driver/guide Chris was amazing. There were about 12 of us including another Indian family from Mumbai.
The drive through Kent was brilliant. So many sheep, it reminded me of my New Zealand trip from last Nov. Right as I was thinking "NZ", Chris himself told us that the UK, Ireland and NZ have the largest # of sheep in the world. It's amazing, I loved it in Ireland, NZ and now again - watching fat sheep on the grass. Kent is lovely for a drivethrough. Gorgeous place!
We arrived Dover rather quickly and passed through the famous Castle, headed twds the White Cliffs. Dover is a very industrial port, and on a sunny 'clear' day one can see France. The white cliffs themselves are majestic. I've normally come to disregard travel blurbs on places so it was with some amount of skepticism that I started walking on them, but you just can't help BUT be amazed.
Chris joined us, told us the story about the White Cliffs and we spent some time wandering the area. We spent roughly about an hour here. We got on board for stop #2 - Canterbury!