on June 10, 2006
By 7 am the next morning we were all pumped up and excited to make our most memorable trip to Stonehenge. That was also one of the main reasons for us to plan our vacation to London. A couple of weeks before our vacation, I was watching a documentary on National Geographic channel on the historic Stonehenge. Different scientific and mythological assumptions made by scientists and journalists about this one of a kind landmark in Salisbury fascinated me.We got our rental car from the London Heathrow airport. I was so excited that I didn’t even bother to think about how left hand driving experience would be. For a while I was nervous but a while later it didn’t really matter much. I was driving at 70 mph on M4 (Motorway 4). Yes that is what they call there in England for Interstates. FYI, there are no speed limit signs on those Motorways. Cameras are installed everywhere. So you need to careful on how you drive. I hope I didn’t get any speeding tickets. We reached Stonehenge in an hour and half, which was pretty good. You will find a lot of parking at Stonehenge and it is free. If you don’t find a spot then you can park in the open fields.Entrance fee to the Stonehenge is 5 pound 60 pence regular or 4 pound 40 pence with a student discount. Audio tour is free. You will receive an audio device that operates in 4 or 5 different languages. Obviously there are instructions on how to operate them. Significant spots at the site are marked with numbers. You can punch those numbers in the audio device to listen to information about that spot or item. Stonehenge at Salisbury is said to be 5,000 years old, and is the third one on earth. The one in Salisbury is very unique from the other two because of the stones stacked up on top of the other stones. There are questions on how, why and from where those stones, weighing tons, were brought to such a deserted place. It is still shrouded in mystery. Two kinds of stones are found in Stonehenge; sarsen stone and blue stone. Sarsen stones are the largest of all. The amazing thing about the smaller blue stones is they are warm even in the winter. There are restrooms, a café, information center, and a souvenir shop in the vicinity.
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