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  • Day920

    Canterbury Park and Ride

    January 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Feeling shell shocked at both the loss of our dog and a trip to A&E for Will on New Year's Eve, we said our goodbye's to Will's sister and her family on New Year's Day. We'll be forever grateful to them for looking after us through this difficult time.

    With a few tears we made our way to the motorhome aire at Canterbury. It is incorporated into the city's Park and Ride complex, is one of only a handful of dedicated motorhome facilities in the UK and probably the largest, with capacity for over 70 vans. We'd been keen to make use of it for a while and having a few days to spare before our ferry from Dover, made now the ideal time.

    We are not planning to get another dog while touring, so had decided to donate Poppy's effects to Dogs Trust Canterbury. It was only once we'd entered the aire via the barrier that Vicky found the kennels were closed the following day. She therefore packed up Poppy's things and we whipped out to drop them off. We made it back with just enough light not to have to use our headlights, which Will had switched for continental ones at Orpington- phew!

    The aire is a quiet place, which is usually something we value, but on New Year's Day it was near silent and Poppy's absence was all the more obvious. Vicky had resorted to cleaning and tidying to keep her mind occupied and the van felt far too sterile without our very furry friend.

    For £3.50 per day (charged midnight to midnight) the aire provides fresh water, bins, waste water and toilet emptying facilities as well as unlimited passage for up to 6 people into and out of Canterbury city centre on buses that run every 8 minutes.

    The following morning dawned with venus and a waning crescent prominent in what promised to be a blue sky. Vicky did half an hour of pilates (for the first time in several months) and we rode into Canterbury. Will needed to take things easy as he was still recovering from his operation and the complications that followed, but we strolled slowly around the city's streets, soon finding our way off the main stretch to the cobbled lanes, where we found a range of interesting shops. On the King's Mile we discovered Unboxed; a small grocery store whose products, from rice to tomatoes, were all free of packaging. The sun was shining on the wall of the cathedral courtyard but with a fee to enter, we admired from afar.

    After a while we came accross Lily's Bistro, an ethical café advertising seasonal, locally sourced food with zero waste and vegan options. We chose a table in the little bay window and watched the people go by. Our toast with toppings tasted great and we chose to buy two 'pay it forward' soups to be given to the homeless, some of whom we'd seen earlier huddled in a doorway. As we were moving on to tea and apple crumble cake a couple came in with a French Bulldog. It had been years since Poppy was well enough to explore cities on foot and we would usually only leave her for up to 2.5 hours. Now it is just the two of us we have a whole lot more freedom but we would swap it in a second to have our Poppy happy and healthy with us.

    We really enjoyed visiting Canterbury's characterful lanes and would definitely make use of the aire again. Prior to leaving we used our credit card to pay the machine £10.50 for 2 nights and the barrrier opened automatically when it read our number plate. An easy to use and effective system. Next stop Dover!
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  • Day345

    Tschüss England

    August 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Ich bräuchte nicht unbedingt noch einen Footprint, aber ich glaube, wir wissen alle, dass ich IMMER wenn möglich so viele Orte wie möglich auf der Karte vermerke, also auch jetzt mit Dover.
    Wir sind gut und schnell an der Fähre angekommen und konnten da auch ziemlich bald drauffahren. Wir haben uns dann Getränke gekauft und haben uns danach auf das obere Deck gesetzt. Das war windig, aber auch sonnig. Es war sowohl wunderschön, als auch schmerzhaft die weißen Klippen von Dover langsam schrumpfen zu sehen.
    Gut durchgepustet von der Seeluft haben wir uns dann wieder in Paul gesetzt und sind durch Frankreich nach Belgien gefahren. Da standen wir ziemlich im Stau, aber irgendwann sind wir an einem Rastplatz angekommen und haben da zu Abend gepicknickt und dann die Nacht in Vivilday verbracht für das letzte Mal erst einmal. Quasi war der Urlaub am Sonntag dann vorbei, aber noch waren wir ja noch nicht Zuhause.
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  • Day19

    Scotney Castle

    August 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Plan.
    Of course we have a plan.
    We’ll wander over Kent sometimes seeing the same roundabout every couple of days.
    Today we are aiming for a triple header.
    Scotney Castle: Big house built in 1830’s in Mock Tudor style and of course a ruined 14th century moated manor house at the bottom of the garden. I’ve see similar in Earlwood.

    After young Mr Hussey had the house at the top of the hill finished he had the 5 bedroom Palladian style/ renovated moat house destroyed so it looked more of a folly. Folly indeed.
    The last of the family to life in the house gave it to the National Trust in 1976 or so on the proviso that his wife voted life in it till her death.

    She lived a further 38 years until she was 99. Had a stair lift to get up to bed!!!!!
    They only opened to house in 2006.
    You have to be patient in this game.

    Excellent house.

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  • Day4

    Bon Voyage

    June 18, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 64 °F

    We are traveling on the smallest Princess ship. The Pacific Princess carries only 670 passengers. It was refurbished, and newly decorated in 2017 and is used exclusively for the Princess World Cruise. We are in a Club Class Mini-Suite so there is plenty of space and a private dining room. An unexpected surprise was the greeting we received from the royals as we boarded.Read more

  • Day133

    White Cliffs of Dover

    September 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 66 °F

    We are leaving the United Kingdom after almost 3 months. It was a great experience seeing all the history and the country houses, and visiting Jacob between house-sits. Today we are in Dover on a sunny day, so we had a chance to picnic on the White Cliffs overlooking the busy ferry port. The nearby town of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe also had some pretty views. This is closest part of England to France, only 20 miles.Read more

  • Day18

    Leeds Castle

    August 18, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Off to Leeds Castle for the day.

    Looks big enough to have its own Council, the carpark is big enough.

    Very cunning, take you money and then have you walk 15mins to the castle. This sorts the crowd out very nicely as old people fall by the wayside, the toddlers all veer off to point at extremely well fed and rather fearless ducks and swans.

    Finally got to the castle, walked an additional kilometre to a cafe that Mark though wouldn’t be as crowded (it was closed) then back again.

    It has now been decided to just forget about getting a coffee in England. There are ads on the TV explaining what a Flat White is all about (seriously) but the message hasn’t gotten far. As well as trying to get a small cup , it’s a hopeless endeavour.
    Their normal cup is a small bucket and people look askance if you try to get something smaller.

    Back to the castle. There’s been one on the site since 1078 and its been rebuilt, renovated and “glamourised” at least six times since then. Story is very interesting but that what’s Google is for. Main thing is it sits in the middle of a lake on two islands. Very neat.

    Then you walk the kilometre to the Maze and back then back to the carpark. There were the usual groups of English people going on expeditions for lunch with enough picnic gear to assault Everest. Sure we saw a Nepali family in the mix.

    They sell it as “The Loveliest Castle in the World” and I’m pretty sure that you could debate it but it’s really very cool.
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  • Day16

    Wrotham Village

    August 16, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    As we’d driven most of the day and sat around the res Bernadette had not walked her 8 kilometres so off went to explore.
    Interesting place, about 2,500 people, 3 pubs, hairdresser and small shop.
    Mixed housing, tiny terraces and big I’ve got money places.
    Excellent church and not one but two cemeteries.

    Only got to 4.67 when good sense prevailed and it was back to lay down.
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  • Day32

    Dungeness Dreaming

    May 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The surreal and post-apocalyptic landscape of Dungeness home of the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, Derek Jarman's house - Prospect Cottage - and a mixture of semi derelict old converted rail carriage cottages and sleek all black or ultra modern creations.

    I have always loved Dungeness and so along with my local Hastings relatives - Auntie Chris, Cousin Helga and Sister Claire - took a trip there by public transport. A bus runs from Hastings to Dymchurch (1hr45mins) from where you can catch the wonderful minature steam railway trains that run from Dymchurch to Dungeness (40 mins). The bus is a double decker so although a long journey it winds its way through some magnificent countryside and small villages on the E Sussex and Kent coasts, the views from the upper deck are great.

    Once there its like stepping out into another world; the shingle peninsula is very flat and on one side looms the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station and on the other the shingle falls off to the English Channel, the white cliffs of Dover visible across the water.

    A large part of the peninsula is a Nature Reserve and includes over 30% of all UK flora and lots of birds and other fauna, some very rare. The rest is that odd mixture of tumble down buildings, ultra modern arty creations - Holiday homes for the London rich - and abandoned fishing boats and sheds high and dry on the shingle far from the shore.

    The Dungeness Railway Station has a cafe called 'The End of the Line'... "more like The End of the World" said Peter, Helga's husband, when he came to pick us up later in the day. The drive back by car was much quicker and we were soon back in Hastings.

    All in all a wonderful day :-)
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  • Day17

    Knole

    August 17, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    You drive through a very busy market town. Narrow streets, suicidal pedestrians with phones till you see a very narrow gate down a lane that isn’t opened yet.
    You drive past three times because there is no where to park until the carpark open the gate.
    Then you drive the kilometre to the house. The deer park is at the back of the high street and most of the town. A thousand acres.
    Amazing.
    The house started life as a palace for the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1496, past through a number of hands until it ended up with Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop and Henry XIII supporter.
    Henry collected property like he did wives and suggested he might pass the property to the Crown.
    It’s good to be King.
    Elizabeth I gave it to Lord Dudley, a favourite,who gave it back, her cousin Thomas Sackville ended up with it and there it stayed, Vita Sackville-West is part of the family but that’s a complete story on its own.
    The House is huge, over 3 acres, has 7 courtyards 52 staircases and 365 rooms.
    What a a place, one off the biggest houses in Britain.
    Doing the gutters takes a while.
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  • Day18

    Leeds Castle Maze

    August 18, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    One of the attractions at Leeds is the MAZE.

    2,400 yew bushes trimmed within an inch of their life to create a maze that is supposed to take 20 mins to complete. You end up in the middle at a Grotto and follow an underground tunnel to exit.

    We are not saying how long it took us to get out, let’s just say that we did so and we are not that much older.

    The Italian school kids how ran it were using GPS believe.

    It’s very, very clever and has undoubtably been the source of many relationship breakups.

    Because of Bernadette’s demonstrated superior sense of direction she led the group. Nothing more is being said.
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