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Trip to South East Coast of Englnad

Seven SistersWooden Net Shops @ HastingsDover Castle


セブン・シスターズは、イーストボーン(Eastbourne)とシーフォード(Seaford)の間に広がる、白亜(Chalk/チョーク)の断崖。お昼頃に着いて海岸線を散歩していたら、急に満潮になってどんどん水位が上がってきたので慌てて駐車場へ繋がる階段へと戻った。バーリング・ギャップ(Birling Gap)という岬の丘の上で、ピクニック。海岸線から陸側にある羊牧場まで360度見渡せる最高の眺めだ。


さらに東に20km行くと、「南東イングランドで最も美しい場所」と言われる、中世の町並みの残るライ(Rye)に辿り着く。14世紀から栄えた港町・ライの旧市街には、丸い石が敷き詰められた石畳の路地が広がり、その両脇には中世から残るチューダー様式の建物が並んでいる。セント・メアリー教会や博物館となっている要塞イプラ・タワー(Ypres Tower)のある、街の高台からの景色がとてもいい。またアンティークの町としても有名。水曜日の午前中に開かれるファーマーズマーケットで、ピクニック用のランチを買った。


Seven Sisters is are a series of chalk cliffs located between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne.We arrived there around noon and took a walk, but the sea level was going up suddenly and we had to run back to the stairs to go back up. We had a picnic lunch on the top of the hill of Birling Gap, where we could have a excellent 360º view of the cliffs and the sheep farms inland.

Around 40km east of Birling Gap is the seaside resort of Hastings. Here there was the Battle of Hastings in 1066 — the Norman army of William the Conqueror conquered the English army led by Harold Godwinson. The Hasting castle, which was build by William, remains on the west hill, but it was destroyed by the collapse of the cliffs. On the coast of Hastings, there are over 50 impressive black wooden ‘net shops’ used by fishermen .

A medieval port town of Rye, 50km east of Hastings,was flourished in 14 centuries and is said to be ‘the most beautiful place in south-east England’. Mermaid Street shows steep slope and cobbled surface with Tudor style houses on the sides. There is a nice view from Church of St. Mary and the Ypres Tower on the highest point of the town. Rye is also known as an antique town, and there is a farmer’s market on every Wednesday morning.

Last stop was Dover, the closest point to the European continent and has always been a gateway to Europe. Dover Castle has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history until the World War II. The site also contains Roman lighthouses, the Saxon church of St Mary de Castro, and the secret WWII tunnels. It was a shame that we couldn’t see the inside of the castle due to its repair work.

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