Canterbury & Dover

Sadly, after a week, Jim had to head home to work so we could play more!  We were sad to see him go and he was sad to leave.  He headed to the airport and the girls and I headed to the train station to visit Canterbury.  I had been doing a bit of reading about Canterbury, Thomas Beckett and King Henry II.  If you haven’t watched the old Richard Burton movie Beckett you might want to check it out.

Day Seven - Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral is where Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Beckett was killed by  some of King Henry’s men.  Thomas Beckett is considered a saint and a martyr.  As a result of this the Cathedral became a  shrine and pilgrims would travel together to the Cathedral to make a pilgrimage and as they traveled they would tell tales.  These tales are now known as the Canterbury Tales so there is a lot of interesting history in Canterbury as well as a beautiful cathedral.

Day Seven - CanterburyAs I mentioned before England knows how to do ceilings and the Cathedral is no exception.

Day Seven - Canterbury

Day Seven - Canterbury

Day Seven - Canterbury

The stain glass was amazing too.

Day Seven - Canterbury

The location in the cathedral where Thomas Beckett was killed.

Day Seven - CanterburyWe were also able to attend Evensong in the Cathedral.  If you have never done this and are in England it is worth arranging your schedules to do so.  I have now done it at Kings Chapel in Cambridge and here in Canterbury and loved it.

Day Seven - Canterbury

It was a beautiful day when we were in Canterbury so we loved wandering around the quaint town and enjoying the beautiful park.

Day Seven - Canterbury

Day Seven - Canterbury

It was the perfect day for ice cream.

Day Seven - Canterbury

It was in Canterbury that we discovered a fun little tea house and had our first piece of Victoria Sponge Cake (but not our last!)

photo(30)We spent the night in Canterbury and then took the train to Dover the next morning.

I think I mentioned how small the hotel rooms are in Europe but did I mention how small the hallways were – this hotel was particularly cozy!!


From the train station we took a taxi up to the castle.  When we arrived at Dover Castle this is what it looked like!

Day Eight - Dover

We were hoping to see the White Cliffs of Dover but it wasn’t looking promising!

Day Eight - Dover
We toured the Castle.  It had been the home of King Henry II and if you are lucky you might just get to meet him!

Day Eight - Dover

and he might invite you to dinner!

Day Eight - Dover

Just don’t ask to use the bathroom.

Day Eight - Dover

Trying out the King’s seat!

Day Eight - Dover

Day Eight - Dover

The amazing thing at Dover Castle is the system of underground tunnels.  They were first used in Medieval times but during WWII the tunnels were converted first into an air-raid shelter and then later into a military command center and underground hospital.  They were used as a command center during the famous evacuation of soldiers from Dunkirk.  The tour is very interesting but you aren’t allowed to take photos. I highly recommend it.

We also enjoyed lunch at the cafe at the Castle.  Scones, clotted cream and jam were a must!


What started out as a cold and foggy morning in Dover turned into a beautiful sunny day!

Day Eight - DoverWe were so excited when we got to the view point and were able to see the White Cliffs!  On a really clear day you can see clear across the Channel to France!!

Day Eight - Dover

The history at Dover is amazing and so glad we made the trip.

For a detailed itinerary of where we went and stayed you can email me at

Hampton Court & Tea Time

Giverney}Monet’s Garden & Macarons

For Things to Do in Paris  – Part 1

For Things to Do in Paris – Part 2

For Things to Do in London

For some additional ideas on what to do and see in London and Paris check out my posts from a previous trips.


Paris}Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur

Paris}Notre Dame

Paris}Champs Elysees and the Louvre

Paris}Pretty Things

London Day One

London Day Two

London Day Three

London Day Four

London Day Five

London Day Six



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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Courtney says

    Your blog is one of my favorites and coincidently, I was in Canturbury and Dover last weekend! I live in Fort Lauderdale and spent 10 days driving all over southern England. In Canterbury, we stayed at the hotel on the cathedral grounds, which was lovely, especially because we got private entry into the cathedral on Saturday morning before the crowds came. It was quite the experience being the only ones in the entire cathedral!

    We then went to Dover Castle on Saturday and it was a WWII celebration weekend. It was really cool being there, seeing all these men and women dressed like it was 1942, and hearing the air raid sirens going off!

    I would definitely recommend the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge for any future travels there!

    • says

      Courtney, Wasn’t it just beautiful!! How fun that you could stay on the cathedral grounds. I bet it was amazing being the only one in that incredible cathedral. I would have loved to have been in Dover that weekend. I found the history fascinating!! Thanks for sharing.

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