After breakfast, the school drop off and some yummy fresh home baked scones and coffee, we hit the road. The GPS gave us a time for our first destination. By the time we had escaped the rat race of London streets, that time had blown out by almost 60 minutes. Through Maidstone and on to Canterbury.
Canterbury is a very old town going way back to the Celtics tribes and was first captured by the Romans in the 1st century. Famous for its Cathedral and University, the area of the Cathedral, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church are a UNESO World Heritage Site. The city has a Roman earth and stone wall built in the 3rd century and this was rebuilt into the current wall around 1400.
The Cathedral as it now stands was founded in 597 and completely rebuilt around 1070 and was expanded from around the 12 century. It is built over the ruins of an old Saxon church and the crypt dates from Norman times. The Cathedral is currently undergoing a 5 year restoration to the stone work and the roof, hence a large amount of scaffolding and plastic around the outside. Restoration and enhancement to the two organs are also underway. While there are some external photos of the Cathedral below, a photo from the limited space available to take it at ground level cannot do justice to such a large building.
From Canterbury we headed east to Margate, drove around the coast of the English Channel/Strait of Dover then continued south to Dover. Famous for its White Cliffs, we had to drive along then to check out the shore of France across the strait and to get a look at the White Cliffs themselves. Not easy from the shoreline, they really need to be seen from out on the ocean. The city has a very busy harbour with regular vehicular ferries plying between Dover - Calais and Dover - Dunkirk.
We finished the evening off with genuine English Fish and Chips at a cafe on the shore of the English Channel.