|Our hotel center photo, and in the background you can see the Shakespear cliff, featured in "King Lear".|
That said, there is one old-fashioned Victorian hotel by the beach, now called the Dover Marina Hotel & Spa, and that´s where we decided to stay. It is kind of rickety, with creeky floors sloping in all directions, hardly any pressure in the shower, a miniature elevator, and it got hot as Hades in the night (got a bit better after we figured out that the window could be slid open both in the nether and upper end, helping circulation a bit). To make up for that, they had a very fancy restaurant, where we didn´t eat, since they served the same food (as far as we could figure) for less in the cosy bar. Which is where everyone was, of course. Most guests seemed to stay one night only, Dover being for most people a place of transit, going somewhere like France.
We weren´t allowed to take photographs down there, and it was too dark for the cameras anyway. They had done a very good job of illustrating what it would have been like to work down here during the war, staging a story of a wounded soldier with props and sound effects. It was interesting, not as thrilling for me as these things are for the husband, and I was pretty happy when I saw the light, as it were.
After that, we had lunch at the NAAFI restaurant (that´s short for Navy, Army, and Airforce Institutes; according to the urban dictionary it provides catering, retail & leisure facilities, delivering a much needed taste of home to service personnel and their families from Germany to the Falklands through to Afghanistan.) and then we took a walk around the battlements, realizing that it was a bit late in the day to take on the Great Tower.
|The Garrison - I think this is such a handsome looking house!|
|Transport, for those not able to walk.|
|The Admiralty Lookout|
|Western Heights in the background.|
|Inside the lighthouse.|
When we´d had enough for the day and came down towards the hotel, the first pub we came to had a back door full of the stickers they give you for a ticket. I imagine many castle visitor have slaked their thirst in that establishment. We did not, however. We made an early night, to have lots of energy for the next day.