Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stonehenge and More

Yesterday we all piled into John's car and headed out for a drive thru the beautiful English countryside where the houses are quaint, the roads are narrow and the rolling hills seem to go on forever.  This took us to Winchester.  There is, of course, a Cathedral among other things to see.  We tried to see the "Round Table" of Knights of the Round Table fame but there was a wedding happening so it was closed to the public. 




Next we headed off to Stonehenge.  Unexpectedly it seems to be out in the middle of nowhere, still living in the middle of a field.  True, there are highways nearby but there are no buildings that I could see.  The Stonehenge itself was interesting because of mystery that surrounds it.  Given the number of people who visit stonehenge, you can't get up close.  That would change later in the day.

Stonehenge

We then decided to go to a town called Avesbury but not before stopping off a Woodhenge.  You see, whoever made stonehenge made all sorts of henges in the south of England and they use different materials.  The woodhenge didn't survive, being made of wood and all, but it has been re-created to give you an idea about how it looked.  Woodhenge was followed by Avesbury which is a really cool place.  Like the rest of the theme of the day ..... there is a henge here as well that surrounds the village.  This henge is made of stone but the major difference is that it is totally accessible which I thought made Avesbury better than stonehenge.  There are gates that let you into the fields where the stones are and these fields were full of sheep. 

Avesbury

A great big thanks to John for driving us around and making this day happen.

As John would say .... the White Hair Brigade!

3 comments:

  1. Great pictures Rich and great commentary. I loved Avesbury too. It was a wonderful surprise to be able to get up close and personal to the hedge. Say hi to John and all.... Say hi to Mom and Dad too.

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  2. Hopefully when you left Winchester mom had her camera....she probably told the story about the last time we were there. Too bad the round table was closed. It was very impressive. Oh well....you will just have to go back.

    Here a henge there a henge everywhere a henge henge.....including the White Hair Brigade Henge too.

    Love to all

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