I could live in a castle

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On Friday, I was off to see the spectacular white chalk cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel – a proud English symbol for those arriving and departing its shores. After the Battle of Hastings (1066) William the Conqueror strengthened this key fortification. The secret underground tunnels here date back to the middle ages and played an important role in defending England during World War 2.

Yeah, my first castle visit and it was amazing! There were so many nooks and crannies inside the castle, it was a blast exploring. I think this place would be the ultimate hide and seek building. If I was a young child who grew up in this era, I could understand how people could be hidden away. Lastly, you could see France across the English Channel, well I wasn’t sure if I actually saw it….the day was rainy and overcast. Can you see it in my photos?

Also, the war tunnels were unbelievable. The tunnels were shown just as they were in WW II with truly unique sound effects. It was as if we were in the war hearing sirens and voices filling the air. It gave me a new insight about the war and about what it might have been like to say goodbye to a loved one. This was a time of the unknown when someone could leave their house in the morning to find it bombed upon return home. The tunnels had chalk walls and pieces of flint which were 300 million years old. There were hand written messages on the walls filled with lovers names or just markings in an area to say they had been there. The boys who were stationed here were young and not well educated. This was expressed on the walls with  not so legible writing to pristine grammar and writing. Sorry, we weren’t allowed to take photos in the tunnels, but I hope you enjoy the castle.

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