I love it when you have a trip planned down to each detail and when you get to your destination, it works a bit backwards. Sunday morning was supposed to start off with a venture up to Dover Castle and then take a stroll along the White Cliffs of Dover. After a blissful breakfast and the most perfect Chai Tea Latte from the Starbucks in our hotel, Best Western Dover, on the English Channel, we took off toward the castle....we didn't need directions, we could see it!!
Well, we missed the turn and wound up at the Cliffs first :) It turned out to be the best thing because the clouds rolled in around noon and we would have missed the halfway clear views that we were able to see on our stroll.
The horses above look out over these cliffs everyday. I asked Van, "do you think the birds and other animals that live here realize how lucky they are? They have the most amazing views!" I wouldn't mind being a cliff dweller for a day or two...
The cliffs were stunning and a little intimidating. I think if we had children, I would probably have a heart attack every other second while walking around the cliffs. There are very few fences but this allows you to get a good and scary look over the side. It's a long way down, let me tell you. I didn't venture too close to the edge, but brave Van sure did.
I could watch the ferries come to the Dover port all day from up here. It was so peaceful and quiet. The only sounds you could hear were the birds flying around the cliff tops. You could barely make out the coast of France in the distance. I believe the coast is just over 20 miles away.....you are so close that you pick up French radio stations in your car!
We walked around the cliffs for an hour or so, picking up pieces of the chalk, trying to find the best shape to bring home as a souvenir. We've got a collection going of natural souvenirs, starting with our pebbles from the coast of Nice. I could walk along this coastline for hours on a nice day. The views are stunning, the cliffs are awesome and the sea breeze is just good for the soul.
Happy Friday everyone...and have a happy spring weekend!!