I made it to Dover, Deal, and Sandwich
This morning I caught the bus near the Centre and bought a. Explorer Pass for £5. I was able to use it as many times and on as many buses as I wanted all day as long as I stayed in Kent. So I headed off to Dover on Bus #15. When I got there I found that getting to the cliffs would be impossible today so I climbed up to the castle (yes, I actually walked all the way up there). It is a medieval fortress that was also used by the British during more modern times. It is a very impressive location, but the castle itself is not unlike others here in England.
When I got back into town I had some time before I could reboard a #15 for Deal, so I visited St. Mary Church. It is a beautiful church in the typical British style. I got there just as they were closing it to visitors, so the gentleman who let my in anyway suggested that I might want to make a "small" donation to the upkeep of the building. Which, of course, I did.
Then I caught the #13 for Deal which proved to be a rather disappointing stop. About all I could do is walk out the pier and take some pictures of the city that has built up along the shore of the English Channel. The location of the bus stop was such that I really couldn't get into the city without knowing where I was going. So I stopped in a pub and had a pint of ale and then walked the pier. As I returned I decided I actually was also hungry so I stopped at a little coffee shop and bought a scone with jam.
Then it was time to board the #13 again for Sandwich. This turned out to be a very historic city that has played a major role in English history. It used to have a dock in the 17th century which made it a port from the mainland, but today it is inland. Old Saint Peter church is no longer in use, but it is an historical building that is undergoing repair. The bus stop in Sandwich afforded me a little more opportunity to wander around before catching the #14 back to Canterbury.
As I arrived at the castle above Dover, I was walking with four young people who offered to take a picture of me. So, here is yours truly just outside the gate to Dove Castle. Also, as I was walking back through Dover toward the bus station, a sea gull on a chimney caught my eye. The style chimney is how I picture the homes in Dickens' novels. The multi -flu chimney is seen frequently and the sea gull perched on top just spoke "England" to me; so I took the picture on the right.
All in all it was a good, but tiring, day.