Adventure 5: Canterbury, Kent

Saturday, June 29, 2002

A Saturday and Sunday in June 2002

Saturday

We left London on the A2 and called in at Rochester. The Devon 21 was parked along the road that runs between the river and the castle. The castle keep in the centre of town gave us great views over the Medway estuary and the cathederal (see pictures above). After a sandwich lunch in the van, we pressed on to Canterbury.
It struck us that Canterbury was a kind of Ye Olde England theme park. Of couse it has genuine charms, but on balance it was too touristy for our liking. Even the Caffe Nero we took a coffee break in, was inside a ‘traditional’ style frontage. And after a quick look around the cathederal we drove out of the town along the A28 to St Nicholas at Wade.

The campsite we pulled into was a pleasant field in the centre of the village. It was a beautiful summers’ evening. Perfect for barbequed sausage and chilled chardonnay! In this mellow mood we lay on blankets and watched the sun go down.

Sunday

Sunday dawned greyer and we toured the coatal towns from Whitstable round to Ramsgate. We passed a viking ship at some point and some pleasant small towns. We had proved that we could easily reach the channel ports from London and said how perhaps we might go to France via Dover. But for now it was time to head home to London. We were sad to leave behind the Kent countryside. But we’ll be back again, if only in passing, on our way to the continent.

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