Visiting Canterbury & Exploring Dover Castle

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During my time in London, I was able to visit some historic sites.  Two of those sights were Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle.

Our day started in Canterbury where we toured the revered Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedrals in the world!  The place was spectacular.  I couldn’t believe that this cathedral was built almost 1,000 years ago!  It was so humbling to walk in the cathedral that was the location of so many historical events.

After spending the morning touring the Cathedral, we ventured over to Dover and visited Dover Castle, the largest castle in all of England.  It was basically used as a fortress as England’s defense system (you can sometimes see France from across the English Channel on a clear day!) and is called the “Key of England.”  We got to explore the underground hospital, which was really interesting and explore all around the castle grounds.  I felt like such a kid!  We got to go climb the tower and see the spectacular views of the Channel as well as go through all the underground areas of the Castle — you can really get a sense of what it was like to be involved in battles!

It was so very humbling to see these two sites that are so deeply rooted in the history of England.  It definitely allowed me to gain more insight about the country and I was so glad to be able to enrich myself a bit more about the culture of this wonderful country.  I visited both areas wide-eyed and eager to learn and I’m so glad that I was able to see all these beautiful sights!

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