It’s always great when you are out and about to stumble on a little bit of history, totally by chance. Last October we were staying on the outskirts of Dover for a long weekend to celebrate Daddy P’s birthday. We’d spent a great day at Dover Castle (more on that in a future post) and had decided to visit the South Foreland Lighthouse before heading back to our caravan for dinner. On our way to the White Cliffs car park Daddy P spotted a sign that grabbed his attention. Quite detour folks, we’re off to see the Louis Blériot Memorial.
I have to be honest, I was non the wiser. Daddy P is mad about anything to do with aviation and was quick to inform me that Louis Blériot was the first person to fly across the English Channel in an aeroplane. Cue aviation history conversation between him and Monkey.
The Louis Blériot Memorial is free to visit and has its own car parking facility (also free). It’s set in woodland behind Dover Castle on the spot where Louis Blériot landed on 25th July 1909 in Northfall Meadow.
We had no idea what to expect but Monkey was off on an adventure.
What are we going to see Mummy? I have no idea Monkey, but that’s the fun isn’t it. I can see something through the trees!
Mummy I can see a plane.
We read the information board and discovered that a life-size stone silhouette of Blériot’s aeroplane had been set into the ground on the spot where he had landed in 1909. I think Monkey was a little disappointed not to see a real aeroplane. But that was short-lived when he realised he could run around the stone version.
Daddy P was really happy with our discovery and it was nice for us to find this little historical treasure.
If we’d had more time we would have explored the woodland as there appeared to be a few different trails and benches dotted around. But the thrill of a first lighthouse visit was waiting, another adventure for Monkey.
He was off again!
Monkey sped back to the car pretending to be an aeroplane. It had been an interesting excursion to the Louis Blériot Memorial and Monkey and I had had a history lesson too.
Have you heard of Louis Blériot or been to the memorial yourselves?