Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day Trip - Dover Castle & Southend-on-Sea

From Salisbury, we made the trek to the coast.
 (Dirty windshield, not a UFO.)

Dover Castle
Roman Lighthouse built in the first century, below:
 Rooms inside the castle were set up as they would have been when the castle was used.
 From the roof:
 Looking at the main entrance: guard's house next door
 Can you see France? It is visible, but a little hard to see here.

Our next stop was Southend-on-Sea.  Prior to our trip, I researched seaside towns in southern in England.    I do regret this choice, as I think Brighton or Portsmouth would have been better.  Live and learn, I suppose! Southend has a boardwalk, casinos, and an amusement park.  All of which were empty.  It's possible that not being there on a weekend was part of it? Their other claim to fame is the longest pier in the world (1.34 miles out into the Thames estuary, where the river meets the North Sea).  Our B&B though, was the best one of the trip!

 Walking down the pier...
 We reached the end, and this was the view back to the shore:


Chronologically speaking, the Harry Potter exhibit followed in the morning and then we returned the car.  You've already seen that, and our remaining three days in London! So what does this mean? Tomorrow I'll have bonus photos, stories, and reviews.  I can't believe I'm almost finished recapping this trip.  I want to go back!  Thanks for letting me relive it with you! 

13 comments:

  1. what made you want to go to a sea side town? i've never thought to do that in England. did you walk in the water? wish you showed more pics of your rooms.

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    1. If I'm near water, I have to see it (part of living in a landlocked state). I wanted to dip my toes in the English Channel, no matter how cold. Southend's water wasn't the best, and the tide was low. I think if we'd had had time, I would have gone down to Thorpe Bay, which was supposed to nice! I wasn't sure what to include my trip photos, but now I do - room photos! My review post will have links to the hotels, so you can see what they look like. I hope you've enjoyed the posts, otherwise!

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    2. I very much enjoyed the trip posts. One thing I lament is forgetting what my hotel rooms looked like. Crazy, but it's a thing.

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  2. Thank you for sharing it with us!! I'm looking forward to all of the bonus content ;)

    What gorgeous pictures! I'm not going to lie, I'm a little bit obsessed with the castle. How absolutely gorgeous! I love that you get to see what the rooms looked like when the castle was actually being used. I love the picture from the roof with the flag, so beautiful!

    How fun to visit a seaside town, too bad there was no one around! THe amusement park looked so cute and the pier looks incredible! Gorgeous photos of the water, I love it!

    So excited to see what you have in store for us tomorrow!

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    1. Dover Castle was my brother's idea, and it was definitely a good choice! We were there for a long time, and other than being crazy windy (it's on a cliff, for crying out loud!) - I really enjoyed it.

      When discussing our choice with English locals, most likened Southend to a Jersey Shore type concept but more working class. I bet it is busy on a weekend!

      I've written the post, and will put it up a little later - it's long! Ha ha!

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  3. I'm really enjoying these posts, Ingrid! You're doing a great job with them. :)

    The castle is really cool and I'm amazed at how long that pier is. I would have wanted to walk to the end, too!

    I give you a lot of credit for driving there. Just seeing that photo of the road is disorienting to me, so I can just imagine how strange it was when making turns!

    I'm glad the B&B was a great one. Hopefully they gave you some good vegan food!

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    1. Thank you, Molly! Dover Castle was really spectacular! One could probably spend a month touring just castles in England. Actually, I'd sign up for it! Ha ha!

      My brother did all of the driving, as I can't drive a manual and I really didn't want to drive anyway! I had my job as navigator, and that was fun. :)

      Full reviews of all of the hotels coming up!

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  4. Lovely photos. It's really nice to see the water. (Though I can't really make France out.)
    The castle looks awesome! I love old historical places like that. I didn't comment on the other post, but I was also totally geeking out over yr Downton Abbey photos!
    I'm curious, did you bring any reading material with you? I always like to match a read with a trip (because I'm a book dork.) When I went to France, my dad gave me Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, and when I was in a bookstore in North Carolina, I had to buy Gone with the Wind! (Still haven't read that one though.) I ask because Dover and France in the distance remind me of A Tale of Two Cities!

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    1. Yeah, I should have tried to get a better picture of France. I'm a big history nerd, so I love historical places, too! So glad you are a fan of Downton Abbey!!

      I brought two books: Mindy Kaling's _Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me_ and Erin Morgenstern's _Night Circus. I should have thought to read historical fiction about England! That would have been perfect!

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  5. I've really enjoyed reading all of the posts about your trip. England is the #1 place I'd want to visit right now. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aw, thanks Jenny! I'd highly recommend it, and would love to go back myself!

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  6. I was pretty puzzled by the Southend on Sea choice, to be honest, but glad the B&B was up to scratch. I kind of think that Brighton would have been a good choice (v vegan friendly!) but at least you got to see a part of the country that a lot of tourists won't have, so that's a plus definitely!

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    1. Right?! What website did I read that recommended it to me. As soon as we arrived, I regretted not going to Brighton. Next time, I suppose! Yes, I feel like I went off the touristy path!

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