Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
58Trip End Oct 04, 2012
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Michael wasn't feeling 100% so, not prepared to risk a big day out only a few days before a long flight, he and Richard had a quiet day at home while I headed off for an adventure.
I really enjoy riding the overland trains , the countryside is beautiful and the trains fast and comfortable. The trip to Salisbury took an hour and a half (the perfect amount of time for catching up on Travel Blogs!)
I came out of the station and there was the tour bus waiting for me...perfect! Stonehenge is 30 mins from Salisbury and the bus ride in the double decker tour bus was lovely, together with a great commentary.
What can I say about Stonehenge except that despite all I've read about them and all the pictures I've seen, it still did not stop me from gasping as we rounded a bend and saw them on the rise in front of us. They really are as amazing as they look in the pictures and I love the fact that no one is really sure how they got there, what they were used for or what they mean. Of courses there are countless theories but they all remain that - just theories.
I wandered around the stones until I'd had my fill of them, (tempted of course to make a dash for the middle to touch them, but knowing it was impossible with so many people there!) and then hopped back on the bus which drove through beautiful countryside past circular barrows which were ancient burial sites and got off again at the site of an historic castle in Old Sarum.
Another short bus ride and I was back in the town of Salisbury which was founded in 1220 when Old Sarum was abandoned in favour of the new site. I wandered through the old streets and then down to the cathedral which was built in the early 13tn century and has the tallest spire in England.
After what had been a fabulous day, I jumped back on the train to London and enjoyed the views for the last time as we raced across beautiful countryside once more.