Hiya! Libby here!
A couple weeks ago I have the opportunity to travel to the city of Dover down on the southern coast of England with Karl. Dover is well known for two things: the white cliffs of Dover and the Dover Castle. We were able to journey to both on my weekend down on the coast.
We reached Dover at about 7:00pm in the evening and after a quick cab ride, made it to the B&B that we was staying at for the weekend! The B&B was a cute little townhouse by the ocean that was situated at the start of the trail following along the white cliffs!
These cliffs lived up to their amazing beauty. There were endless miles that you could walk beside them. At one point, we even tried to climb down to the black beaches (Unfortunately, there had been a recent rock fall and the path to get down had been broken). But nonetheless, I had a wonderful (and a little wet) day walking along the cliffs from 10:30am until 4:00pm in the afternoon.
The next day we decided to climb up the higher mounds to reach the Dover Castle. Both of us were extremely excited to go to this landmark because of its modern and ancient history. One part of the castle was built by the Romans in 43 AD, another during the times of the Saxons in 1000, and then the rest was later built in the 12th century by Henry II, rebuilt in the 18th century during the Napoleonic Wars (which is when the underground tunnels were built), and then finally, the tunnels were refurbished during WWII.
Since Dover Castle is so close to France, it was a major stronghold for England and was used in many different wars, most recently being WWII. The tunnels underneath were converted into secret tunnels that head members of government used to plan and execute the grand Battle for France during the war. We actually got to go into the tunnels and see the room where it happened, which was quite amazing.
The weekend all in all was both historical and beautiful and it is definitely somewhere I would recommend to any UK travelers!
Keep watching for a story about Thanksgiving and a few more independent trips!