Monday, November 12, 2007

Defend the coast!

Took a train down to Dover last Sat from London Bridge Train Station. Took us just under 2 hours to get to Dover Priory Station. As daylight hours are getting shorter (sunset is at 4pm), we had to be done by then.

When we reached Dover, the sunrays looked suspiciously like that of the evening skies. Trudging through the high street area, making a mental note of which shops to return to on our way back, we made our way to Dover castle, which is perched at the top of white limestone cliff that stretched a few miles to the west and east.

As mentioned earlier, Dover castle played an important role in the defense of the English isle, during medieval ages, Victorian times and the second World War. There's this whole network of underground tunnels, which is used as an overflow barracks when Napoleon was amassing his troops in Normandy. It was meant to be the last line of defense should Lord Nelson fail to stop Le Emperor's armada. More recently, General Ramsey coordinated Operation Dynamo that saw more than 300,000 Allied troops evacuated from Dunkirk. We took a tour of the tunnels (not to be missed by any visitors and is included in the admission fee of 9.80 quid) that was led by a jolly old gentleman. But I thought I saw something as we went through the underground hospital. But I didn't had the opportunity to verify it with the guide after the tour.

The keep (of the castle) that was occupied by Henry II was equally impressive. It looks almost impregnable and any attempts to do seemed foolhardy. Snapped a picture of that while standing on the edge of the cliff.

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