"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on December 15, 2015 by Sioux under General
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We meandered along the sandy shore enroute to Ramsgate, stepping over smooth round pebbles and past towering white cliffs, now & then looking up to see the vapour trails left by airplanes way above our heads. The sound of gently lapping waves and seagulls screeching overhead drifted along the easy breeze, caressing our ears as we walked. A thoroughly therapeutic exercise. 

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Along the way we passed by

massive steel gates set into the cliffside and my sister said “let’s go in…”, she clearly knew what was inside….what a treat was instore for me…. this was one of the entrances to the many tunnels used by locals as residence during WW2 bombing raids! 

Entering into this historical site was both awesome and incredibly humbling, to be able to walk between these walls, where so many had actually had to live in order to ensure survival.

 

                                                                       We were allowed to walk only a short distance

                                                                       as tour times were over, but what was there was                                                                        set up as it would have been during the war                                                                                years. 

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The small museum                                                                displays showing various scenarios                               and items used during those turbulent times. I will most definitely be back in the future to do a full tour!

A tribute to those who did not return.

Childrens drawings and coloured in boats depicting the flotilla of over 1,000 small boats that gathered on the day of Operation Dynamo

From there we strolled up onto the cliff tops, magnificent houses

on one side, the muddy seas on the other,

until we got to Ramsgate.

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Entering at the harbour, knowing that this little port was where well over 1,000 little boats gathered and departed from English shores during Operation Dynamo, in 1940, in order to uplift stranded soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, I felt rather small in the greater picture of all things universal.

 

This most certainly rates high on my list of inspiring, humbling, interesting, surreal, awesome ventures.

My sister, Cindy Eve aka #3DaysinLondon http://3daysinlondon.info/ is also a mine of information on   most things British, and kept up a commentary during our walkabout.

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As I stood watching the sunset, I could only being to imagine the feelings of fear, trepidation, bravado and hope that ran through the veins of the men and women that sailed in those little boats, headed for enemy shores, determined to assist in bringing home the brave soldiers who had kept them safe during the war years. Truly a memorable experience.

 

Homeward bound was at a brisk pace due to the fast falling darkness, thoughts of a warm plate of fish, chips and the very English side order of mushy peas, washed down with a cold ale, keeping weary legs plodding on. All in all, a wonderful days outing.

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3 responses to “Awe inspiring……humbling……historical…..”

  1. Chez says:

    Thank you it is an absolute pleasure receiving
    notification for a new blog that you have posted.
    Remember to give yourself “time out” too! x x

  2. Marlene says:

    Love your adventures and photos. Amazing colours!

  3. Cindy says:

    super duper. what a fun day it was…I do so enjoy sharing snippets about all I’ve learned…..just wish there were more snippets LOL
    Thanks for mentioning 3 days in london in this blog. perhaps a hyper-link would be great so if folks wanted to they can go straight to the blog.
    I love the photos…..just brilliant. and what an amazing sunset we saw!!!!

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