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  • Day345

    Tschüss England

    August 5 in the United Kingdom

    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 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day21

    Canterbury River tour

    August 21 in the United Kingdom

    Well it isn’t Bruges but Canterbury does have a River and it does have a river tour.

    A very pleasant fellow called Pete rowed us up and down the Stour River.

    It’s about as deep as a decent bath but is amazingly clear as it drains through chalk. (Think White Cliffs of Dover).

    Pleasant sit for 45 minutes, past (under) oldest road bridge in England. Originally buit by Saxons and widened in 1770’s.

    Very interesting way to see the city, the flind used in the walls cuts the noise amazingly, also kills any phone reception.

    Past ancient buildings including Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr Hospital where pilgrims got one night free and one drink.

    Not a hospital Hospital but a plave of hospitality.

    Past part of King’s School that’s ben operating since 6th Centuru. Not known if the curriculum has been updted, we can only assume.
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  • Day133

    White Cliffs of Dover

    September 11 in the United Kingdom

    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 in the United Kingdom

    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 in the United Kingdom

    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.

  • Day18

    Leeds Castle Maze

    August 18 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day17


    August 17 in the United Kingdom

    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.
    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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  • Day16

    A Trip around the Truck Parking Lot

    August 16 in the United Kingdom

    We decided to drive down to Kent to start phase 2 of the trip, “THE SOUTH”.

    Only 130 miles, lots of M road (freeways with roundabouts the size of Earlwood), cross the Thames to the east of London, should take 2 and a bit hours.

    Plenty of time to see a manor house in the afternoon.

    Well that was an idea.

    A 3 hour white knuckle drive in torrential rain, no visability except when the trucks overtook and wiped the road of water, queues, delays and many White Vans.

    If you have never been to the UK you need to understand that thousands of White Vans traverse the country on all manner of roads.

    They unfailing drive to fast, pass on blind corners and are driven by excitable P platers.

    Then there was the “if we dont stop to go to the toilet I’m going to explode” incident. This required coming of the M, negotiating a 6 exit roundabout and finding a Services Area as big as Roselands.
    With an unfailing sense of direction Mark ended up in the truck parking area, then the coach parking area, then just any area.

    It would not be accurate to saty that no “words” were exchanged during and after all these travails.
    There was a full debriefing of fails, missed turns, alternative choices and “how could you miss that”.

    Kidney failure was avoided, caffeine levels were restored, the downpour continued and eventually all thought of seeing anything in the rain was abandoned. Luckily the veryy nicepeople at The Bull at Wrotham were able to let the room early.

    The Bull has no straight walls, the doors don’t fit and its been a pub for 600 years. There have been a couple of renovations during that period.

    It’s got a Michelin Rosette for its pub food and as soon as we find out what that means you’ll know as well.

    But it’s dry in side and it’s not moving.

    Mark has refused to drive 4mins for coffee and had opted for beer instead.
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  • Day18

    Stoneacre Cottage

    August 18 in the United Kingdom

    Bit of a difference.

    Second stop if the day was Stoneacre. This is a perfect example of a 14th century yeoman’s house and looks everything you’d expect.

    No rich people here.

    To get to it you drive through several miles of roads anoint the width of our side passage. Let’s plant some hedges on both sides to make sure you can’t see anything and all is good.

    There has been a house on the site since 1470 and as you expect its been extended and changed a little. The current house was renovated by a historical architect who’s special interest was medieval architecture. A match made in heaven. He took the place back to a more original look but sensibly left a modern toilet and plumbing.

    Having finished he handed it to the National Trust on 1928 just a few years after he had completed it.

    Enjoyed it immensely, as good in its own way as Leeds Castle.
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