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  • Day224


    April 6, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Okay, hier mogel ich ein bisschen, wie man an den Bildern eindeutig sehen kann. Ich war heute nicht wirklich bei Stonehenge, ich war sogar nur ganz theoretisch an Stonehenge. Ein bisschen Zeit hab ich aber doch da verbracht, weil der Verkehr extrem langsam war (weshalb die ganzen Bilder überhaupt möglich sind...). Wegen Stonehenge (und Oxford auch ein bisschen) hat meine Rückfahrt fast 50 Minuten länger gedauert. Ich hatte aber gute Musik und konnte die teilweise 18 Grad bei offenem Fenster in schöner Landschaft genießen.
    Als ich dann irgendwann tatsächlich an Stonehenge vorbeigefahren bin, ging der Weg nach Hause ziemlich glatt - bis eben auf Oxford dann noch...
    Zuhause hab ich dann (keine Bilder gemacht... deswegen kein dritter Footprint) meine Sachen ausgepackt und dann das Haus geputzt, worum Vicki mich am Montag gebeten hatte. Das hat seine Zeit gedauert, aber jetzt bin ich komplett fertig, alles ist sauber - ich auch!, mein Tagebuch ist geschrieben, meine Bilder sind alle auch auf dem Laptop und mein Blog ist gleich fertig. Dann werde ich bald schlafen, aber erst esse ich dann wieder was und gucke (noch einmal) den 1995 'Pride and Prejudice', weil nur die Version auf Netflix ist.
    Ich hatte einen echt tollen 'Urlaub', kann mich aber auch freuen, wieder zu 'arbeiten' bald. Ich bin ziemlich müde jetzt, aber das ist doch auch schön.
    Ich hoffe, ihr hattet auch alle einen schönen Tag! Allerliebste Grüße jetzt wieder aus Thame! Gute Nacht und bis morgen!
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  • Day16

    Strolling around Stonehenge

    August 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    After trekking around London for the past six days, it was time for a change of scenery. Normally, we don't do tours but Stonehenge and Bath needed to be an exception. It was only day two for our tour guide, Ruth, which meant there was some interesting commentary throughout the day.

    2 1/2 hours from London in the Salisbury plains is Stonehenge, one of the most famous landmarks, and oldest in England. The construction of the Neolithic (and Bronze Age) monument began over 4000 years ago. It's amazing to view the massive stones and wonder how neolithic people were able to transport and erect the stones. The enigma continues ...Read more

  • Day9


    April 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    I picked up a rental car at Gatwick Airport (I fly out of there in a few days) and headed for Stonehenge. The traffic was pretty bad on the motorways with lots of holdups and roadworks. Google maps was a saviour taking routes to avoid traffic when it could.

    Stonehenge was crowded with bus loads of people and cars everywhere. I downloaded the audio app and decided to walk the 20 minutes to the stones while listening to the history commentary. It is quite remarkable that it has stood for so long without being damaged. I took a few photos and also snapped some French karate black belts jumping around.Read more

  • Day4


    April 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    We had great weather all day today, that is, except when we went to Stonehenge. It was not only raining, but quite windy as well. We were soaked and cold in no time... and could barely see because either our glasses were wet and foggy or rain was hitting us in the eyes so much you couldn't see. We quickly snapped a few photos and hid our cameras from the weather.

    Yes, it's just a pile of rocks.. but it was still pretty darn cool.
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  • Day61


    July 9, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England. Construction started in 3000 BC and was opened in 2000 BC. I enjoyed listening to the audio guide, learning about the history and how the stones had been moved from another location.

  • Day59

    Stereotypical England

    October 21, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    The last full day of my trip.
    I'm flying out of Gatwick and had to return the car here at 4pm so a leisurely drive, view some iconic attractions, clean the car and check in to the hotel by 4:30pm.


    I started with the Cerce giant. It was only a short distance from where I was staying and I found it easily. Two problems: it needs rechalking so is much harder to make out than the photos I've seen and it was a foggy morning so that made it even more difficult.

    Next stop was Stonehenge, but on the way I stopped at a walled garden. It was gorgeous with vegetables and autumn flowers. I spent some time walking around but had to keep moving as the tickets for Stonehenge are timed.

    If Stonehenge hadn't been on the way and free (I bought an English Heritage membership at my first Castle which gave me free entry into all their sites) and on the way I don't know if I would have gone.

    It is one of those places full of selfie sticks and their annoying users. I downloaded the audio guide last night so could use headphones instead of having to hold the device to my ear.

    I think the reason I wasn't really impressed is I couldn't sense the history as I have been able to in so many of the other places I visited. I'm not sure if that's because so little is known, the setting or that I couldn't get up close. I'm afraid it's a "been there, done that, don't need to go again" place for me.

    I left Stonehenge at 1:30, it would take me a bit over an hour and a half to get to Gatwick, leaving me time to clean the car.

    I thought I'd stop in Basingstoke to clean the car but do you think I could find a car wash? Google maps let me down as none of the petrol stations it directed me to had car washes.

    So I kept going to Gatwick, at some point I got on the M25. I don't know how many crashes there were. I saw the aftermath of one, I don't know if that just had a massive knock on effect or whether there were others. It took me an hour to travel 2 miles. I wish I was exaggerating but I had 10 miles until the turn off and I watched those .1 of a mile change very very slowly in the gps. I gave up hope of returning the car by 4pm, especially since I was still inching along at 5pm. It did clear just after that and I made it to Gatwick by 5:30. By the time I filled up, found some very efficient blokes to wash the car (I had given up on DIY by then) and found the rental place on the third try (sometimes you need to ignore the GPS and follow the signs) and checked into the hotel it was 6:45pm.

    My room is large so I'll have plenty of room to spread stuff out to repackage it all and hopefully get a good night's sleep.

    Cerne giant - I can't see him either
    Three types of kale and beans
    Autumn flowers
    Heel stone at Stonehenge
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  • Day97

    Day 97: Stonehenge

    May 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Another day, another UNESCO World Heritage site! Up early again for the 90 minute drive south-east from Bath to Stonehenge. As with many popular sites, for Stonehenge you need to buy timed access tickets - your ticket will only allow you in during a certain time window. We'd chosen 10am as a good balance of driving time and "early enough before the tour buses arrive", and were reasonably rewarded when we arrived - only about 10 buses!

    Everything at Stonehenge has recently changed, as the authority want to keep the site as "original" as possible, ie looking like it's still in the middle of a grassy plain. So you actually park at the visitor's centre a couple of miles away, then hop on a shuttle bus which drives you most of the distance, then you walk the last couple of hundred metres yourself.

    It's a strange feeling, getting close to such an iconic place. Both overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time - a sense of "I've been here before" combined with "wow this is crazy" combined with "I actually thought it was bigger". But the delight is in the detail here, when you start noticing little things like the perfect earthwork around the edges (there's a noticeable ditch and dike that runs around the perimeter), or the way the stones have stood perfectly for so many thousands of years. Even the Romans have records of the stones being here, built by unknown people for unknown reasons.

    But although a lot of it remains a mystery, we do know a bit more. For example, the larger inner stones were quarried 300 miles away in Wales and moved here deliberately. Frankly that's insane - firstly that the builders knew about quarries in Wales, and secondly that they had the time and manpower available to bring hundred-ton stones several hundred miles, but not leave any other noticeable records.

    It's also thought that the outer earthworks are much older than the stone constructions, and that the current shape of the stones is just the most recent version - they had probably been moved over the centuries as well.

    Filming done and fully awed, we headed back to the car park via the gift shop and museum. The museum was OK though we did skim fairly quickly, and I bought a beer from the gift shop. The lady at the counter didn't miss a beat when I asked for a bottle opener, even though it was 11:30am and the beer was quite warm. When I said I was joking, she said it's actually a fairly common request!

    Back on the road, we started heading north to the other part of the World Heritage site - the lesser-known stone circle at Avebury about 30 miles north. Stopped on the way at a small village pub where we both had tasty burgers for lunch along with local cider.

    The stone circle at Avebury is actually older and much larger than Stonehenge, so much so that there's an entire village, complete with pub, chapel and post office inside the circle! It's about 330 metres in diameter, compared to Stonehenge which is about 30. But of course there's much less of it to see, and the stones don't have the distinctive lintels (cross-beams) that give Stonehenge it's pi-shaped look.

    It's thought that Avebury is probably what very early versions of Stonehenge was like, and there were originally two smaller stone circles within the larger one. Again, nobody is quite clear on the purpose of the circles, but burials, astronomy observations and religious festivals are the most common/accepted guesses. It was nice here at Avebury since there weren't many people around, and you could walk right up to the stones and touch them, unlike Stonehenge. Dogs were also no problem to walk around, so Schnitzel had great fun running around the grass and chasing sheep.

    Sadly, the reason it's not in great condition is because in the 14th century, the pious locals decided since they obviously weren't Christian monuments, they were the work of the devil, and started toppling them over into trenches, then burying them.. One day, a worker was digging a trench when the stone toppled onto him, killing him instantly. That was DEFINITELY the work of the devil, so the remainder of the stones were left alone. Until of course the 18th century, when another batch of pious locals took to blasting them with gunpowder and re-using the stones to build houses. Alas!

    Back in the car for the drive home, where we again stayed in to get a bit of work done and save a bit of money. It's exhausting business, this endless holidaying!
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  • Day7


    January 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 34 °F

    It was interesting to hear the history of Stonehenge and the Salisbury plains. Some of the first stones were from glacial activity. The plains didn't support trees well so it as perfect for hunting and gathering which made it popular with the early people. Interesting place with several sites I would have liked to have time to visit. I'd highly recommend it for a longer stay on a summer day as it is quite unique. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StonehengeRead more

  • Day2

    Amesbury, United Kingdom

    July 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    A short drive down the M4 to Salisbury for a quick look at Stonehenge. Despite 36 hours of traveling, no sleep, and 26 degs of beautiful English summer sun .... someone decided not to take the bus and we walked the 2 miles through the farm land to the old rocks ..... and back again !!!
    Quite an amazing place to take in ...... much better that Stonehenge Aotearoa

    Everybody was suitably exhausted as we set off for our first stop at Longleat Caravan Club - beautiful caravan park.
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