Winter Solstice

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Stonehenge
December 22

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.
Fairtrade at Stonehenge
I finally decided to pay as I had driven with Stef and I did reach it for free, I would have sounded cheap otherwise to let them in and stay out. So I paid the 6pounds isshh.

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.
Stonehenge
We made our choice to go to Salisbury and drove down there. The old Sarum part was only seen accross the valley that we drove by though, but we made it downtown. Stef and his friend went to eat so I quickly went for a tour of Salisbury downtown, around the market and until the Cathedral. I enjoyed the fact that there was some remains of a wall surrounding the city.

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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Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Fairtrade at Stonehenge
Fairtrade at Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Space view of Stonehenge
Space view of Stonehenge
Market in Salisbury
Market in Salisbury
Sweets at Salisbury Market
Sweets at Salisbury Market
Salisbury high street cliche
Salisbury high street cliche
Salisbury Shop
Salisbury Shop
Salisbury Gate to the Cathedral
Salisbury Gate to the Cathedral
View on Salisbury Speer
View on Salisbury Speer
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
I title this one, me in Paris
I title this one, me in Paris
Me and the national disgrace
Me and the national disgrace
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Me around Stonehenge plains
Me around Stonehenge plains
Me at Stonehenge
Me at Stonehenge
Tiny Stonehenge
Tiny Stonehenge
Hit on Stonehenge
Hit on Stonehenge
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral Court
Salisbury Cathedral Court
Salisbury Cathedral Tomb
Salisbury Cathedral Tomb
Christmas crypt in Salisbury Cathe…
Christmas crypt in Salisbury Cath…
Angel in Salisbury Cathedral
Angel in Salisbury Cathedral
Christmas Crypt in Salisbury Cathe…
Christmas Crypt in Salisbury Cath…
Building it like a giant card game
Building it like a giant card game
yum yum Stone
yum yum Stone
CS meeting in Greenwich
CS meeting in Greenwich
Stonehenge
photo by: doubleminht