Already it seems like an absolute age ago, perhaps due to the rain &
rapidly fading light, but it's only been a couple of weeks since we got back
from our summer hols. Did we tango in Thailand? Cavort in Cuba? Nope, we had a
cottage in Kent.
Competition was tight in the garden of England, but the results of this
summer's super-prestigious TPTGISEK (top places to go in South East Kent)
awards are as follows. Each photo leads to a bigger picture, by the way.
Most Bizarre Tourist Attraction
Has to be the Russian nuclear submarine moored at Folkestone harbour. That's
right, this is U475, a Foxtrot class sub that the public can tour (for a
price). Some entrepreneur obviously made the USSR owners an offer they couldn't
refuse, resulting in the vessel being towed over here several years back. And
although some of the internal fixtures have been stripped to allow better
access, it's very much the real deal. Long, metallic and cramped.
Most Relaxing Picnic Spot
With a trio of little people to look after and keep entertained, it's a bonus
to find a quiet place to chill out. Such a location is Walmer Castle, a small
distance up the coast from Dover. The audio tour is good value - this was home
to the Duke of Wellington, don't you know - but the oval garden out back is
fab. Plenty of space to lay down a rug, the kiddies can run around, and, to top
it all, they provide chairs!
Most Sandy Shore
You got young children, you need a beach. As picked out by The Rough Guide to
England, a handy companion, we headed for St Mary's Bay repeatedly. Slightly
past Dymchurch, the beach goes on and on and on. There's pebbles, there are
pools to paddle in, there's mud to wade through, and there's sand galore. And
they serve a mean cuppa from the huts on the prom. For that much-needed seaside
tackiness, stroll along to Dymchurch itself for MW's amusements, chips, and
ointment for skin rubbed off by the helter-skelter.
Also highly recommended:
- Dungeness - fascinatingly bleak and windswept
- Deal - if it's open, check out the Time Ball Tower
- Dover castle - descend into the secret wartime tunnels
Be seeing you!