It’s safe to say that I haven’t sat still since I’ve arrived in London. Granted, I have yet to hop on a plane and hop over to a new country, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been hopping all around the city. This time, my city hopping involved white cliffs, a castle, Canterbury, and waffles (because no adventure is complete without a waffle!)First, however, I mean business. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you know that I’ve decided to create my own hashtag, #okariellegoestoLondon. Make sure to check out my latest photos by keeping up with my new hashtag! Maybe I’ll even keep it up for future adventures too…
Now, on to the important stuff. On Saturday morning, I ran outside of my flat at 8:30 A.M. to make sure that I was on a 9 A.M. bus to Dover Castle. About 30 of us hopped onto a coach bus and, with the soothing voice of our tour guide narrating about the scenery, we found ourselves in Dover two hours later.
For those of you who don’t know, Dover Castle is located right on top of the White Cliffs of Dover. The White Cliffs of Dover are part of the coast line of the English Channel. If you look out across them, you’ll see France! Dover Castle is conveniently located right on top of those cliffs, so on Saturday we took a trip to a castle and a historic British sight. Not too shabby!
The bus dropped us off right in front of Dover Castle, and after we picked up our wristbands to enter the castle, the exploring began! Let me preface by saying that the castle is huge, but when has a castle ever been known to be small? We didn’t get a chance to see the castle in its entirety because we were on a tight schedule, but we did get to see the roam around medieval tunnels and the tower.
Think of the medieval tunnels as an epic maze. You go underground and endlessly wander until you find yourself back where you began. As cool as the tunnels were, I will say that they had a bit of an eerie vibe to them. Can you imagine how many people passed through those tunnels before the castle became a historical site!?
The tower, however, was one of my favorite parts of the castle. You walk up what seems like an endless winding stair case, making pit stops on all the floors to check out what’s housed there, until you make it to the top. The wind at the top of the tower is UNREAL. In addition to getting a beautiful view of the coastline and the countryside, you walk away with more than just slightly windswept hair. Without the wind, however, our experience at the top of the tower would not have been the same. The wind just made our time there that much more memorable. Granted, we almost got knocked over multiple times while finding our way up to the tower, and many phones may have almost been literally swept away, but the view was 100% worth both the wind and the climb to the tower.
Next, our tour guide took us down to the shoreline so we could get a shot of the White Cliffs of Dover. I expected that we would be on the cliffs themselves, but the view was breathtaking nonetheless. If you’re curious as to the history behind the White Cliffs of Dover, here’s a link for you to brush up on your British history. Think World War II.
For lunch, and as our last stop of the day, we were dropped off in Canterbury. We ended up finding an excellent Greek restaurant to eat at. Chicken skewers and pita all around!
Canterbury, aside from the amazing cathedral right smack in the center of the city, is a great place to get lost in. The streets look like they were plucked right out of a children’s fantasy book…or Shrek! The old blends smoothly together with the new in Canterbury, just be on the lookout for the Canterbury ghost!
Sunday, however, was a much calmer day. I avoided all real responsibilities and rolled out of bed around 11 A.M. My friend and I ended up hopping on the tube to St. James’ Park. The cool thing about London, you should know, is that you can’t make any corner without stopping to take a picture of something amazing. The walk to the park, which was less than a 10 minute stroll form the tube station, took us about half an hour because we ended up wandering through Westminster Abbey!
Once we did make it to St. James’ Park, however, it was gorgeous. What’s great about the weather here is that even in the dead of February, it was still comfortable enough for us to walk around the park. Naturally, we wandered around a majority of the park, and found our way over to Buckingham Palace. And in true Arielle fashion, I stopped to eat a waffle at the nearest waffle cart, because like I said, what adventure is complete without a waffle?
Until next time, friends!