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Dec

Stonehenge!

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

20 December 2015

Stonehenge with Bird in Flight

Kyle and the Babes. Day Four.

One word understood the world over:  Stonehenge!

It was not in our original plan to visit Stonehenge on this trip.  But, about three weeks ago, trip plans were being bantered about one night at faire, and Roxy said she really wanted to see Stonehenge.  Nobody should come all the way across the ocean and not get to do something that’s at the top of their list of important. And, really — who needs much of an excuse to visit a World Heritage site that many lists include as a Wonder of the World?

We started our day with a wonderful full English breakfast at our hotel.  Then, we did our best to second guess the weather we’d encounter on the Salisbury Plain, and set off to fulfill Roxy’s wish.  Unfortunately, Mandi didn’t feel well this morning and felt it might be best if she opted to stay in and rest. We missed her, but since her hunch turned into a full-blown migraine– and she was feeling better by late this afternoon– she obviously made the right decision.

So Kyle and Roxy and MaritaBeth made our way to one of the most famous places in the world–and we had a blast!  We took loads of photos, got a little bit silly, and even got caught in a quintessential British rainstorm! We enjoyed souvenir shopping, and perusing the exhibit at the Visitor’s Center.  One fun highlight in particular:  the current special exhibit entitled “Wish You Were Here.”  As early as 1836 Stonehenge was a popular tourist site complete with a guidebook. And this exhibit artfully presents that side of this famous place. Postcards from decades of visitors, souvenirs ranging from clothing to china to decks of cards, examples of Stonehenge as pop art in comics and record albums, all help to show that not only is Stonehenge important geologically and historically, but that it continues to be important sociologically.  And it continues to be a fun, amazing place to visit.

Salisbury Plain Goof That’s my guy!

From Salisbury Plain we headed further afield with an eye on Avebury.  Specifically, we wanted to have a late lunch at The Red Lion–the only pub in the world located within a neolithic stone circle.  The food was exceptionally good and as the sun was setting we managed to get out into one of the fields of stones to touch them and take photographs.

After driving back home, we discovered Mandi had fully recovered and gone into town for food, so this time Roxy bowed out and Kyle and MaritaBeth went to the High Street to experience a couple more of the cute pubs this lovely little city of Winchester has to offer.

It was a full day of wonder! Earlier to bed tonight, and tomorrow we drive north and prepare to celebrate the Solstice.

~MB

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