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Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Up bright and early today for the journey to Salisbury Cathedral for a bit of a look around before heading to Stonehenge. In the end we only looked around the outside of Salisbury Cathedral, though I’m sure it was beautiful the asking price for admission was a little steep and to be fare, once you’ve seen one high ceiling, stain glass English Cathedral, you’ve seen them all. It’s the history about that particular Cathedral that makes it interesting really. It was a gorgeous, huge Cathedral though, very impressive from the outside!!

We didn’t have much time to waste today though; we had a long drive ahead of us to Stonehenge. I don’t know what I was really expecting, or more to the point where I was expecting Stonehenge to be, but in a paddock near a main road wasn’t it! I thought you’d have to walk some time through a paddock to get to it, not just see it sitting there just off a main road where people could pull over and take a piccie without paying for admission. It was darn impressive though! There is something eerily and odd about the place at the same time as being awe inspiring and pretty awesome. We hired little walky talky like devices that were in actual fact our tour and history headsets and made our way to the stones where we listened and learnt some of the theories and possibilities of how the stones came to be. To be fair, no one actually knows how the stones were made or why, there are myths (the devil dropped them there, Merlin used his magic to move them there) but no one really knows.

There are burial mounds (which are actually known as Barrows here) about a km away, which have the remains of the men who worked on Stonehenge 2000 years ago. Some of these mounds are mass burial grounds and some contain only one man, but no one knows who they were or what they were up too. It was all very eerie and impressive. After Stonehenge we moved on to another little village where there is a mini Stonehenge. The rocks aren’t all in a close circle and built on top of one another, but instead are in two circles (an outer and an inner) and there are huge rocks just standing up out of the ground in a row that apparently leads the way to the real Stonehenge.

All I can say is that the men who worked on these rocks and patterns back in the day must have been pretty bloody fit! These rocks are huge!! We took a little look around before heading home again for a much deserved early night! (Oh, Patrick picked up a ginormous wheel of Brie for five pounds, it was a pure bargain and they shall be eating it for the rest of there life at this rate, it was well too big!)

permalink written by  Chris and Emily on May 2, 2009 from Stonehenge, United Kingdom
from the travel blog: Europe 2009
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