Flying Legends Airshow Part 14

9 Dec

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Flying Legends

Day 14 – Tuesday July 14th

No English breakfast this morning. The hostess at the Kentmere Guest House was from the Philippines and all she offered for breakfast was cereal and fruit, which was fine with me. I finally gave up the idea of having my day in France on this trip. I was never able to connect with any of the “BlaBlaCar” drivers. That’s a group of private individuals who use their own cars for hire (similar to Uber.com here in the US). I wanted a ride from Dover, through the “Chunnel”, to Calais, France. Then I needed another ride from Calais to Dunkirk, to visit the Memorial Du Souvenir and Musee Portuaire Museums.

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Then the plan was to have lunch at the Le Soubise Café there in Dunkirk. After that I would need a ride from Dunkirk back to Calais, to pick up my return ride from Calais, back thru the “Chunnel”, to Dover. I couldn’t seem to tie all these ride times together to complete my perfect one-day trip. Boo Hoo! But, C’est la guerre!

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So, I headed for the South Foreland Lighthouse, just north of Folkstone, to get a glimpse and a photo of the White Cliffs of Dover. After I got off the “Upper Road” the route narrowed from a two-lane paved road, to a single lane paved road, to a single lane dirt road, to what looked like a rough goat trail in the middle of the woods. I began to question if Greta was taking me on another one of her wild goose chases. But sure enough, as I rounded the next bend, there was the gate to the lighthouse grounds. What a surprise!

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The view of the White Cliffs of Dover was not as good as I had expected, since I was standing on top of them and had to look up or down the coast to get a good view of the cliffs. There really wasn’t much of anything else to see, (except for the coastline of France across the English Channel) as the lighthouse was closed to the public that day.

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From there I worked my way west to visit the Shoreham Aviation Museum in the small village of Shoreham. That museum turned out to be at the back of the Lions Tea Room on the main street of the village. The museum was closed so I was unable to see what kind of memorabilia was in the back garden.

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Next I headed west again to visit the 900 year old Tonbridge Castle located just outside the city of Tonbridge. The castle was very old and very small so I didn’t spend a lot of time there.

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Then it was on to check out the Tunbridge Wells Railway Station Museum in Royal Tunbridge Wells. The station, which was opened in 1846, is located directly on the double-tracked electrified Hastings Line. This museum exhibits a collection of nicely restored 17th and 18th century rolling stock.

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The museum also operates regularly scheduled special steam powered train trips for visitors. There’s the “High Weald Belle” Sunday Luncheon that features a delicious three-course dinner, or you can choose the “Fish & Chips Special” that operates at mid-week lunch times and on selected weekend evenings. It’s been a long time since I was on a steam train, and I wish I would have been there on one of the days they operated rides.

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Now I headed for Crawley to find the Europa Hotel for my last night’s stay in the UK. Greta took me right to the hotel and check-in went well. However, their Wi-Fi system was down and I wasn’t able to talk to DiVoran on FaceTime that evening.

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As it turned out, I would never have had enough time to make that special trip I wanted to make to France, unless I had been able to connect with all the rides and had started at 8:00 in the morning, and then it might have still been a stretch. Maybe next time.

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—–To Be Continued—–

2 Responses to “Flying Legends Airshow Part 14”

  1. DiVoran Lites December 9, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Great Post beautiful pictures. Sorry you didn’t get your trip to France.

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  2. GP Cox December 9, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    The UK has so much history right there at your fingertips!

    Like

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