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May 1, 2006
From journal London - Enjoyable Activities
September 1, 2002
Stonehenge is probably the most famous ancient structure in England. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The construction of Stonehenge took place in several stages. In around 2800 BC the outer circular bank and ditch were constructed, and massive Heel Stone placed outside the entrance to the central enclosure. Around 2100 BC the 1st stone circle was raised using 80 blocks of dolerite (bluestone) brought from Wales (some archaeologists suggest that these monoliths were moved by a glacier in the last Ice Age). The final stage came in 1500 BC with construction of a circle of 25 trilithons (2 uprights crossed by a lintel) and an inner horseshoe of 5 trilithons. The latter stones were quarried locally, in northern Willshire. Vandalism forced the government to fence the rocks in 1978.
Admission to the fenced area £5. In the middle of the day visiting Stonehenge can be disappointing. Maybe, we should go early in the morning?
From journal Historic Salisbury
April 25, 2002
Unfortunately, not only was it Saturday when we visited Bath, but it was also early November, and a horde of both tourists and locals were all shopping, probably most for the upcoming holidays. You had to push your way through the shopping streets. Congestion also detracted from seeing the labyrinthine Roman baths; you couldn't pause to note salient details in the rooms as they were simply thronged with people. We finally had to get away from the multitudes, as we deliberately escaped to Pulteney Bridge to view the river and the autumn panorama of the surrounding hills. Later, we discovered by chance the construction site for the new spa which has a target completion date of October, 2002. This replacement of one that closed some 30+ years ago, located away from the Pump Room and Abbey, should help to diffuse tourists somewhat in this all-too-attractive city.Also, found an interesting pub sign.
Stonehenge was far less satisfying than Bath, however,at least for me,though not for my companions. My minority opinion is that circling this marvel at a distance is less than thrilling. I kept thinking, "Avebury," larger and un-roped, which I had tried to persuade my companions to go to. The situation of Stonehenge is impressive; a mass of mysterious stones set in a seemingly never-ending plain - a stark contrast. The site is still somewhat user-friendly;I noted several people with picnic hampers setting out to find perepheral spots for picnics. But, I couldn't help rueing that the site was now roped off because of previous abuse by tourists who had not been respectful of this precious site.
We took a Golden Tours bus from London, pricey at 144 pounds for 3; our guide was excellent & witty, so the process of getting there was lively, though interrupted from time to time by his need to inform in their own language the Japanese tourists in our group. Personally, I don't like the time limits on tours; I felt nagged by time-tracking as we were trying to explore and I felt distracted by this need not to wander too far off from our pick-up place. Bath deserves to be savoured; our visit to Bath was a tantalizing teaser, frustrating because you slowed down not to be able to enjoy a detail, but because you had to wade your way around other people. Still, the tour afforded a good glimpse for future travels.
From journal Best Big City-London
February 4, 2001
From journal London--above & underground
El Segundo, California
May 5, 2011
June 14, 2007
From journal Stonehenge: Wiltshire's Most Famous Pile of Rocks
February 27, 2007
From journal London and All That It Has to Offer
Cary, North Carolina
August 3, 2005
I learned that the current Stonehenge is not the first "henge" to be built on this site. I also learned how the pieces were crafted to fit together, which must have taken a long time. The audio tour also included some optional information to listen to, including myths and legends around Stonehenge.
I learned some of the theories about how Stonehenge was actually put in place and some of the mysterious things surrounding it.
But what really caught my attention were the clouds. Stonehenge isn’t exactly far above sea level, but it felt as if we were up close to the heavens. The clouds looked as if they were mere inches from the tops of the stones in the center circle. I captured some of the effect in my pictures, but it doesn’t do complete justice to the feeling of actually being there.
From journal The Celtic Adventure