We can see you, England!

It was a gorgeous day on Cap Gris-Nez, and – as promised – we could actually see the famous white cliffs of Dover, looming a mere 19 miles away.

The Cap is naturally full of the remains of German bunkers, and pillboxes, as they assumed the attack from England would come here, at the closest point between the two countries. Today, it was just a gorgeous place to see the Channel, and watch sheep graze between the bomb craters.

We were working our way towards Calais today, as tomorrow we are using the Chunnel for the first time. We are going to visit dear friends in London. (Dear friends in question, surely you are grateful I did not describe you as dear old friends.)

But a bit about about Calais. We naturally had to go to the Hotel de Ville and see the famous Rodin work in situ. And dramatic it is, as is their Hotel de Ville.

But the sad Burghers of Calais would be even more saddened by their modern city. So little is left of the old town, and what replaced it is just plain, or just plain ugly. Not much about this town reads French, as it is clearly the home of many immigrants, and those who support the busy port. We saw a summer festival in progress, and can see that it is at least an enthusiastic community.

Tomorrow, London!!!

One thought on “We can see you, England!

  1. The first time I went to England many years ago I took the ferry from Calais. I will never forget the beautiful sight of the white cliffs of Dover. It was dawn and the light was just breaking on them. What a lovely sight.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.