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Dover and Canterbury, England

Our cruise departed from Dover, England so we arrived a few days early to enjoy exploring the Kent County area. Our accommodation was in an Edwardian rooming house directly below the famous white cliffs and within walking distance of the hilltop castle.

Dover lies in the South-east corner of England at the nearest point to the continent. Its location and topography have seen Dover's strategic importance exploited since the time of the Romans, the Medieval period and during the Napoleonic Wars. 
 

Despite the convenience of the Channel Tunnel, the port of Dover remains an important transportation hub for cargo ships and ferries crossing the English Channel.

St. Mary in Castro is a Saxon Church within the grounds of Dover Castle. It lies next to a Roman light house.
 

During WW II, extensive tunnels beneath Dover Castle were used as an air-raid shelter, command center and underground field hospital.

Dover Castle is viewed from Dover's High Street, where the walls and keep constructed by King Henry II are especially dramatic.

Throughout "White Cliffs Country" there are numerous historical gardens, pubs and churches such as St. Edmund's Chapel in Dover.
 

In Canterbury, the Buttermarket and Butchery Lane serve as the hub for exploring the historic laneways, churches, gardens, colleges and theatres.
 

St. Augustine's Abbey, part of Canterbury's World Heritage Site, was where Christianity was brought to Britain.

Within Canterbury, the Great Stour River flows into two channels. Weavers' homes line the channel.
 

The Christchurch gate marks the entrance to the World Heritage site of Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral has been a pilgrimage destination since the murder of Archbishop Beckett in 1170.

The interior of the Canterbury Cathedral displays beautiful cloisters, chapels, stained glass windows, bells and organs. 

We had the privilege to attend an evensong service in the beautiful sanctuary with its perfect acoustics.
 

Many historical structures are in the area, including the Canterbury city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century.

The towns of Deal and Sandwich have some of England's best preserved medieval lanes and half-timbered buildings.
 

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