From Hoevelaken to London

On July 21 we left Hoevelaken. Thanks to Heit, we had a car that could carry what we wanted to take!

First stop was Dunkirk, in France. While waiting for the boat, the kids street surfed:

About 11:30 the boat arrived:

Halfway between Dunkirk and Dover:

Same boat, but going in the other direction:

The white cliffs of Dover are in sight:

Above these cliffs was our first destination, Dover castle:

Aireal view:

And on the top itself, you see this:

They still have the remains of a Roman light house, this is me and Dieuwe at the entrance:

On our way to the tower. As usual I seem to have my head more in the guide book then the surroundings!

Really solid walls!

And here the Dover harbour. All in all a very interesting tour around a place that has been used for 2,000 years, from light house, castle, World War 2 command centre, to survival centre in case of nuclear attack. It also seems to have been the only castle with has had air defences.

And thanks to the GPS we arrived flawlessly at our destination (albeit, perhaps not by the smartest route). London is just such a drab place if you drive through it, only the pubs look like inviting places. But this is Hotel Balkan, the cheapest destination Ida could find in London: 180 pounds ($460 NZD) for two nights (two rooms).