October 22, 2015

The White Cliffs

“Hey, I have a day off. Would you go somewhere?” a friend asked me on Tuesday. “Absolutely,” I didn’t have to think hard about how to reply. We opted for the Dover coastline, and on our way back, I stepped out to see the Canterbury cathedral.

We parked above the Dover Ferry Wharf, the busiest passenger port in the world...

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...and walked further northeast, away from the city...

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in the background is the medieval Dover Castle

...where these views are:

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The weather was rapidly changing, so the colors were different every minute.

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The cliffs are from chalk with many pieces of Flint. If you like geology, you’d love this.

At Langdon Bay is a path that used to go to the beach, and there are Coastal Artillery Searchlights from the Second World War era:

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Unfortunately, a piece of the cliff collapsed, cutting the access to them and the beach.

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no way any further

Although there was an effort to remove war-related structures from this place, many reminders can be still seen, as this area played a vital role in protecting the UK.

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If Britain failed to defend its borders, the Allies wouldn’t have a place to commence Normandy’s invasion, and this blog might be written in German.

Later we entered St Margaret’s Bay, where we checked out a museum displaying bits from the WW2 era, such as 15-inch calibre shells and so on. But prior to that, we went by the South Foreland Lighthouse.

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..which was closed to the public, as they had an event going on for elementary schools...

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...so we descended to the bay.

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But this area isn’t just about large drops; the surrounding landscape is appealing as well.

Rain showers were coming and going all day, and on our way back to the car, the sun contributed to a colourful show.

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After these scenes, we were about to return to London. Conveniently, the Canterbury Cathedral, which I desired to see, is placed along the road. Even it was already past their opening hours, I wanted to stop by and check it out anyway. So so my friend dropped me close to the downtown and went for a break, and I was about to see this famous World Heritage Site.

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And truly enough, this place lives up to its legendary status. I am always blown away by the fact that such a structure was built nearly 1000 years ago.

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I expected to see just the exterior, but when I’ve arrived, they just ended some small service. As people were leaving…

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….I entered. Suddenly, I was in. It was quiet and dark, as most of the indoor lights were already turned off. And yes, there was that awkward moment when I got locked in…

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…But whatever. I got to see one of the oldest Christian cathedrals in the United Kingdom from the inside, and that’s what counts.

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Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories

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