Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Easter in Kent

The beach at Deal

Full winter gear at the beach--it's still very cold, even though we had some sun!

Deal Castle

It's hard to get a good idea of the shape without seeing it from above:
The rounded walls make it more resistant to cannonballs

It was built in 1540 as part of Henry VIII's Cinque Ports coastal defences

I love how it's right on the beach!

Inside the keep


 Sandwich, Kent--such a classic English scene!

St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church

Guildhall, Sandwich

Toll table from the early 1900's

Barbican, where the toll table was posted

Thomas Paine's cottage--he lived and worked here briefly as a young corset-maker, long before his pamphlet-writing days in America.
Old Gaol (Jail) in Sandwich

The white cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle

A shot without the peanut gallery in the way

Notre Dame de Calais

Beffroi (Belfry)

The architecture in both Calais and Dover is very 50's/60's, because they were so damaged in the war.

 A memorial to the fallen Calasiens

Richard had poached cabillaud (cod) with Bearnaise sauce
and frites

I had the moules mariniere and frites

Mousse au chocolat
Gateaux aux deux chocolats (two-chocolate cake)

On the ferry back to Dover

On top of the white cliffs
On the site of an anti-aircraft gun

View of Dover Castle

View of the port

Dover Castle keep

Dover Castle was built by Henry II in the 12th century

They had real fires in the King's bedchamber--such an authentic display!

Royal Chapel in the castle keep--Thomas Becket was supposed to have prayed here en route to Canterbury from France

View from the roof of the keep

The new officer's barracks (19th century)

Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay was in charge of both the evacuation of Dunkirk and the D-Day landings, planned here in the tunnels under the castle

Entrances to the tunnels--there are 3 levels and 2 are open to the public. The one on the left is the underground hospital and the one on the right is the main one (command posts, communication, barracks, cafeteria, etc.)

The tower on the right is a Roman-era lighthouse

The church, St. Mary de Castro, is Saxon-era

Happy Easter!

Entrance to the Tunnels--we weren't allowed to take photos inside

Trying on a wren uniform jacket--Women's Royal Naval Service

Richard had seen this photo when he visited here with his dad--the man sitting in the foreground is Richard's great-grandfather (David's mother's father). It's so amazing to think he worked in the tunnels!

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