Stonehenge Travel Blog› entry 24 of 25 › view all entries
December 22nd, 2007 – by: maplefanta
A CS friend for Belgium (Stef) was in London for the past couple of days and eventhough we tried to meet after work yesterday it didn't happen but he offer to go to Stonehenge as he was planning to drive there with his friend and visit it. Pretty nice, I had no plan and never been to Stonehenge even if I had been living nearby all summer. And nonetheless to say that today was the Winter Solstice, nice time to go to a bunch of stones that were built thousand of years ago especially for such day.
We left bit late during the morning but by past 10am, Stef came to pick me up and we did the drive out of London and along the M3 towards Stonehenge. Alright, we had heard stories that on Solstice the access was free, though upon arrival (and after a tiny traffic jam before Stonehenge) we found out that it was not true.
We took the free stereo that comes with the tour and well since I paid I listened to it... eventhough it is a bit long. We started to walk around the stones following the path and well got pretty bored quickly, so we tried to kill time and make our visit worthy by doing silly pose and pictures. Well anyhow the general consensus stays that yes Stonehenge is a national disgrace, especially at that price. The landscape surrounding is nice though, green hilly surrounding... but the main road is nearby. But that wasn't as bad as I had read about the place.
After a while there, we simply decided to leave and try to do something else in the surrounding.
I had a nice time but I did walk it quick and as I wasn't meeting up at the car before 5pm and had seen most, I killed the remaining of my time by going to Debenhams and watched the clothes and prices. Especially since I will need some suit and clothing for my job interview that will come soon in January.
We met back and drove back to London trying to avoid the rush hour escape from London of all the people deserting the city for Christmas toward the countryside... I expect that the city will be empty over the coming days!
There was a CS meeting in Greenwich (pronounce: Gren-ich) so we crossed town till there and met with some new members and had a drink. It didn't last late but it was fine. I finally took the bus from Brixton back home and went to sleep...
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