Dover – Rock Beach and the Cliff
It’s been quite a few days since the last post!
I took a short trip from London to Dover because I have always wanted to see the White Cliffs of Dover. I left St. Pancras at 2:37 with a round trip ticket to Dover Priory for 40 pounds. Be mindful that the trains come 37 past every hour.
I arrived at Dover Priory at 4:00. I booked Airbnb two days before I came here. Hosted by a British family, Rita’s Victorian town house is only a 10 minute walk from the station. Rita is a lovely lady and gave me a warm welcome when she first met me, which will surely make my first Airbnb experience a pleasant stay. Throughout the whole evening, we spent a few hours chatting and planning out the route for tomorrow’s exploration of Dover. She recommended me to do a four-hour walking tour along the cliff to get to St. Margaret’s at Cliff, Kingsdown, and Deal, which I do plan on doing tomorrow.
This evening after my arrival, I headed to the beach for an evening walk. The weather was not so clear, and the breezy wind was lightly blowing the calm water. The town was specifically quiet on this Sunday evening, with the seagulls breaking the tranquility of the atmosphere.
This memorial was erected on 16th August, 1975, to commemorate the braveness of the British Commonwealth and Allied soldiers fighting in WWII, evacuating to Dover during the battle of Dunkirk. It reminds me of Robbie evacuating from Dunkirk during the battle in the film Atonement.
I had dinner at Hythe Bay at Dover Seafood Restaurant and Bar. It had a lovely view of the cliff, the beach, the promenade, the ocean, and, of course, the French mountain over on the other side. The restaurant served me a delicious pot of mussel in creamy garlic sauce and a glass of red wine.
There goes the first day at Dover!