Touring - Leeds Castle, Dover, Canterbury and Greenwich
09.04.2011 - 30.04.2011
Before I left Australia, I had enquired of my contacts at the Australian High Commission, as to whether there would be any ANZAC Day Ceremonies being held in London. There was going to be a church service at Westminster Abbey, to which we were invited, however, we decided not to accept the invitation, because it would have meant that Peter would have had to carry a suit all that way, just for one hour and as this was his first time in the UK, we still had a lot of sight seeing to do.
Up at 5.00 am and down to Windsor Station to catch the 6.28 am train to London to meet our tour group at the Victoria Coach Station at 8.15 am. Why aren't we staying in central London??!! Our tour today goes to Leeds Castle, Dover, Canterbury and Greenwich.
To our delight our tour guide is David Jordan from our "Total London" tour. He was in fine form but had no kids to pick on this time!
Leeds Castle was lovely. I had never been there before. It has been called "the lovliest castle in the world" and it certainly is up there with the best of them. It has been on its present site since 1119 and is in magnificent condition. The grounds are stunning too. It is surrounded by a beautiful moat. King Henry VIII used Leeds Castle as a home for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
Called into this place for lunch on our way to Dover. Can't remember what it was called but it had a maze and beautiful gardens.
Then on to the white cliffs of Dover. The beach was stones, nothing at all like our beautiful white sandy Australian beaches. I picked up a sponge fossil in a rock. The stones were dropped on Dover from Switzerland when the UK separated from Europe (or so our guide David said). David then stripped down to his undies and had a swim. The water was about 6 degrees. Crazy!
Then on to Canterbury Cathedral. It was a fantastic place and we had a good tour through it and down into the crypt. There was a youth thing going on in the main church and they were singing and it echoed all through the church. It was just lovely.
Then to Greenwich. Lovely wide open spaces here and lots of families enjoying the warm weather.
We hopped on the ferry here and sailed back to London, with a glass of champagne and a muffin.
We are getting good at catching the train now, so back to Windsor we went. Had a snack at a Spanish Restaurant and then back to the Clarence after a 15 hour day.
No one could accuse us of wasting a minute. Poor Peter. I think I have worn him out as every time he gets on a bus or a train, the minute it starts to move, he falls asleep.