Peter's and Eshaia's RTW trip (Part 1) - Back in England

After Denmark we returned to England. On the way to land at Heathrow we got a nice view of the city center, including the London Eye / Houses of Parliament and the Isle of Dogs with Canary Warf.
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We waited a very long time to get our rental car but soon we were on the way - only to discover that everyone seems to drive on the wrong side of the road! On the way to visit our daughter Caite in the eastern part of England we stopped in a little town for fish and chips. As is usual the shop didn't have any seating but the proprietors invited us to sit in the back of the house where they keep a small garden, it was a wonderful place to eat lunch.
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This is the "Salvation Army House" in the little seaside town of Margate where Caite lives while going to high school in England.

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The teenager did a good job of pretending that she was happy to see her parents. She may yet have a career as an actress!

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The rest of the evening was spent in the back yard eating pizza and catching up on all the news with the residents.

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Our hotel was right on the beach, we didn't realize just how much of a tourist destination this area really was.

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Caite attends Thanet College, which is situated on a beautiful campus just blocks from the beach.
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Next day we went down to the beach with Caite and her friend from Prague, Jess.
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We stopped for lunch at the Dickens Pub, right next to the house where Charles Dickens wrote some of his novels.
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It's hard to believe but some members of the expedition still had room for huge amounts of ice cream after lunch.
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We had to take care of bunch of paperwork as the UK immigration authorities took surprisingly keen interest in an American teenager coming to England to study. A short visit to the immigration office at Heathrow Airport cleared things up in no time at all, though.

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On the way to the airport we stopped in the town of Bean, and discovered the wonders of Sticky Toffee and Spotted Dick. Yum!
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A short stop by the seaside on the island of Sheppey; the girls spent several hours looking for, well, rocks.
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By the time we returned to Margate those who indulged Spotted Dick earlier were no longer with us.

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Noticing that there was a Thai restaurant in town we couldn't resist - and the food turned out to be quite delicious!
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This is where Caite's new mum and dad work.

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The next day we drove south along the coast and stopped in the town of Sandwich for lunch. Can you guess what we ordered ?
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Continuing further, we stopped for beer in the town of Deal (we did look on the map for the town of Cash, but sadly it wasn't on our route).
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The highlight of our trip was the town of Dover - on a cliff above there is an ancient fortress which we spent the better part of the day visiting.
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A nice bonus was the tour of the secret WWII tunnels, which have only recently been declassified. The tunnels were originally dug in Napoleonic times and were used during the world war to coordinate the extraction of British forces from Dunkirk.
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Large areas of the tunnels have been restored to look like they did during the war.
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In case anyone was confused about which way the Nazi hordes were, one of us pointed the way.

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It took a while walking around downtown Dover but in the end we found an Indian restaurant and the food was absolutely delicious.

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Time to return the rental car - amazingly the only damage we did to it in almost a week of driving on the wrong side of the road was scraping the hub caps. It could have been worse!

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Before our next flight we visited the British Museum which is a truly wonderful place - it's well designed, all the exhibits are well marked, and admittance is free so one is free to come back many times. And the Rosetta Stone never fails to amaze.
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England is a land of pubs so a good beer selection is never too far away but for some reason most of the beer served in England seems way too warm. Soon we'll be in the Czech Republic, though, and those problems will be quickly forgotten!

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