Tuesday, 27 October 2009
The White Cliffs of Dover
Vera Lynn once sang: ”There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover….” Well, there weren’t any bluebirds while I was there but the cliffs were definitely a sight to be seen.
I’m not quite sure what I expected from the White Cliffs of Dover, many people had told me I wouldn’t be able to see much because the cliffs can only be seen from out at sea. So, I was pleasantly surprised when the bus drove up and there staring back at me were the massive white cliff faces of the White Cliffs of Dover with the magnificant Dover Castle perched upon them. Dover Castle was used in the movie “The Other Boleyn Girl” as the location for the Tower of London, where Anne Boleyn was held captive.
Dover Castle is also where Winston Churchill sat and looked across at France during the second world war.
The cliffs face Continential Europe, more specifically France and before air travel they were the first and last sight travellers saw when coming and going from England. Standing on the beach and looking across the English Channel, we could see France, which was a bit of a thrill.