Stonehenge, Mon Dec 10 - Day 10

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
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Trip End Jan 31, 2013


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Fiona's comments:
 
Breakfast is included at the pub so three of us managed to get down before 9am. Nik is exhausted and just stayed in bed sleeping. So far so good on the bathroom front but we have been joking about our loo curse.
 
The weather is considerably colder and we keep hoping there might be snow. We collected Marg and Bella and set off for Stonehenge.The drive following the thin blue line on our phone took us through the most photogenic Cotswold villages and hamlets.
 
We were so lucky to be driving in this part of the world.The temperatures were dropping outside. We stopped for a quick lunch at a village bakery which had really scrummy homemade pasties, sausage rolls and custard buns.
 
Finally got to Stonehenge, rugged up and walked around the ancient stones. So many tourist spots in the UK now provides visitors with audio handsets and they are fantastic.
 
Walk around the stones and at different spots there is a little number, press it and you get specific information about that part of Stonehenge.
 
It was freezing so everyone scampered back to the warm gift shop in staggered stages. The sun was setting as we left Stonehenge so Zed, Nik and I hung around to get some stunning photos with the sun setting behind the stones.
 
Zed stayed even longer to get more pics. Clear skies and really really cold. We piled into the car and drove back to Marg's for a beautifully prepared stew. It hit the spot well and truly. Left Marg and Bella and drove back to our pub.
 
Zoran's comments:
 
There's not much about Stonehenge I can say that has not been said before hundreds if not thousands of times.
 
It is enthralling trying to understand "how" and (even harder) trying to understand "why".
It was enormously cold on that hill when we were there.  The people who built Stonehenge thousands of years ago did it wearing animal skins. They would have been fully occupied just leading a bare subsistence lifestyle and they would probably not have lived far past the age of 30.
 
So how do you motivate people like this to expend enormous amounts of energy over long periods of time to do something that does not put any food in their stomachs?
 
It hurts so bad to not know and to know we will never know (not really know).
 
At a travel-blog level, if you are wondering whether it is worthwhile visiting Stonehenge then I will say it is well worth doing.  Go there, walk around it, think about it.  Feel the cold wind, see the enormous size of the stones, feel the frustration of not knowing.
 
p.s. that bakery was fantastic.  I had several things but there was this pastie that was simply perfect, wish I could remember where the bakery was, I may never have a pastie that good again.
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