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Stonehenge

We left Nottingham bright and early, wanting to be able to spend more time in and around Bath, our next destination.  It was only suppose to be little over 3 hours to get there, but with construction, it took about 45 minutes to go 1 mile.  Even with the major delays, we still arrived in Bath around noon, and decided to continue on to Stonehenge, which according to the map wasn't that far away.  We had been debating whether to go today or tomorrow, but this way we don't have to drvie any where tomorrow!!!  So off we went.  It was really weird driving down the road and then all of a sudden there it is, right next to the road, it should be in the middle of some mystic forest or some secluded location to add to they mystery and beauty, but no its on the corner of 2 major roads in the middle of a pasture.

Listening to the guided tour around the stones
 

Anyhoo, parked our car, paid the outragous addmission price, got our audio guides and toured around the stones listening to the history, facts and myths of the stones, we learned that the stones came from over 250 miles away, there have been 3 henges built on this site, the first dating back to 2950 BC the first with bones and antlers, then with blue (called dolerite) stones from wales than with the sarsen stones which were arranged like how they are today.  After 1600 BC no further changes were made.  While we were there archaeologists were working on some sites around the stones, the signs said they were examining ancient burial sites.  We didn't stay long enough to take the tour of the dig sites though.  Now I can say I have seen one of the seven wonders of the world.

Continued on down the road to the little town of Amesbury, had lunch and spent a small fortune sending our souvenirs home.

Erika & Jen at Stonehenge
  Oh well.  Drove back to Bath, found our hostel, the YMCA, one of the nicest looking hostels yet, its right up the street from the baths and the abbey.  Walked to the train station and booked out train to London for Thursday and then had dinner at the Huntsman Pub.  We turn in our car tomorrow (yeah!!!) we are so done with driving, we are glad we had it cause we got to see more and do more than if we had to rely on trains and buses, but it would be nice to have someone else do the work for us.  Oh well, adds to the experience and makes for good stories

nicolecarp says:
Glad you got to see this before going to London. We we went to London we spent all day looking for Abbey Road instead of going to bath and stonehenge..never got to see it.
Posted on: Mar 06, 2010
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Listening to the guided tour aroun…
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Erika & Jen at Stonehenge
Erika & Jen at Stonehenge
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