Dover, Tenterden, Essex & East Sussex

The famous white cliffs of Dover often serve as the first glimpse of England for people arriving by sea. But there is much more to England. We chose to visit some rural areas, and enjoyed seeing how many English people live.

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Dover is situated about 25 miles from France, and there is a booming business of transport across the channel.

The famous white cliffs are not made of limestone, as you would suppose, but of chalk!

A beautiful country of water, farming land and rolling hills.

Many small towns and villages, some quite densely populated.

We went on an old steam train ride through the countryside. We wanted to see the Bodiam Castle, but didn't have enough time. :(

We met some folks called the Pearly King & Queen. I'm not sure I quite get the attraction to all the buttons sewn on their clothes, but everyone seemed quite happy to see them. They go around and raise money for charities.

There also is a hop festival for all the brewmeisters, which is quite popular.

There's a lot of sheep in Kent. Apparently they're extra large, and have very long wool, which makes them "special".

The total area of England is ~50,000 square miles, approximately the size of North Carolina. It's overall population density of about 975 people per square mile make it one of the highest in the world.

England Facts:

  • Government: Independent monarchy

  • Population: ~ 50 million

  • Currency: The pound