United Kingdom Part Eight: Ancient Stones

Years ago, on our first trip abroad, we saw the Coliseum in Rome. I told Honna later, "It looks just like the pictures." Except it didn't. Seeing it in person reveals its immensity. Stonehenge was like that, except there was another dimension. A feeling of mystery. There are so many unanswered questions, though our wonderful guide Kevin knew the answers to more questions than we would have thought to ask!

The elements are larger than I'd anticipated. There is a fence to keep people from climbing on the stones or defacing them. This also makes it easier to take nice pictures.

First glimpse from the bus window. I love it that you can't see the throngs of people, just the totally disinterested sheep!

On the day of the midwinter sunrise, if you stand on this spot, the sun comes up precisely inside a frame  of stone.

We'd anticipated a chilly day, wearing sweater, coat, scarf. Ended up carrying most of it! Hanging around our necks are our Road Scholar ID badges. They came with a handy pocket that holds the listening device so that the lecturer can talk with us easily, even if we are spread out a bit.

This traveler was tuned in to a dress code we were unaware of. There were a handful of silly people posing for photos in such a way that the picture would show them holding part of the structure.

After Stonehenge, we moved on to Bath.

We had a tour of the archaeological site of the Roman bath.


Barbara Anne said…
More wonderfulness! Ta!!

Quiltdivajulie said…
Our DIL made a comment after visiting the Taj Mahal that you could barely see the structure for the thousands of visitors and tourists - that it was impossible to get a photo sans people. Glad Stonehenge is better protected.
Janet O. said…
Oh, I would love to visit Stonehenge one day! Looks glorious!
And a visit to Bath would have me channeling Jane Austen. :)
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