Kent, Part 1 x

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The biggest downer about the UK is the weather – it’s why we’re so obsessed with it.  Head out for a holiday by the sea and rather than a cheery parasol, it’s highly likely you’ll be hiding under a large umbrella. So seeing the sun on our first day, we clapped our hands with merry glee!

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And sank a large glass of cold white to celebrate the whole damn great joy of it..

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Whilst watching the kids chase seagulls on the beach..

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We weren’t far from Dover; So often a passing point, so rarely for stopping.  But overlooking the harbour is Dover castle, an imposing building with a cornucopia of history dating back to the Romans.

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But we were there to see the underground tunnels…

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Originally dug out as a prison in the Napoleonic wars, they were resurrected in WW2 to provide a secret headquarters and a hospital.

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This is where all the planning took place for Operation Dynamo and the evacuation of Dunkirk.

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Over 30 metres down there’s something like 3.8 km of tunnels, including deep, deep down, a nuclear bunker called Dumpy.

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During the War Dover was hit by over 2000 bombs, making it one of the worst hit towns in the UK.  But none fell within the castle walls – apparently Hitler rather fancied the castle for himself and banned it from being bombed…if only he knew…

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It’s a brilliant exhibition – real thought and atmosphere has gone into the presentation with clever projections onto the walls and newsreel footage.  On the hospital tour, you follow the story of a wounded spitfire pilot accompanied by the sounds of a bombing raid and flickering lights. Not for the claustrophobic!

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A spot of light relief was then needed..

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Even a star fish still has fascination..

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Until Daddy chases you with it..

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My kids are such urbanites..

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We looked for sea diamonds..

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And pushed Daddy in..

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Before heading back home to be ready for another day..

Laters, Kate x

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