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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our Trip to Dover - The White Cliff City

Buckland Hospital (where I had my scan) is in Dover, still part of Kent. We left home with the sun shining, but it was raining as soon as we got there. It would have been nice to see its beauty if it was only a very good day! To see the result of my scan, please read "Our Bundle of Joy".

Dover is where one of the most famous landmarks of Kent located - The White Cliff
, which form part of the British coastline facing the Straight of Dover and France. We took this photo from a distance, it was quite busy with the lorries coming in and going out the country.

The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards Continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first (or last) sight of the UK for travellers.

We didn't manage to get a good location to have taken a photo of Dover Medieval Castle. Constructed around the same time as the Tower of London (late 11th century), Dover Castle stands as one of the earliest castles built by William the Conqueror after his conquest of Anglo-Saxon England. Duke William had the castle built near an old Roman lighthouse and burgh, which King Harold (the last Saxon king of medieval England) established sometime before the Norman invasion in 1066. None of William’s constructions, however, survive to this day. The great keep dates back to King Henry II’s reign in the 1180s and is still there today.
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Tita Beng said...

Grabe! Sobrang ganda ng places na nabi-visit mo Madz! So breathtaking!

Lulu said...

wow! very nice!

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