Day 4 Stonehenge

Today was our first driving day.  Well, I should say, Brian’s first driving day.  We had a few hair-raising moments and more than a few National Lampoon Vacation moments (those traffic circles are confusing) but we managed to drive about 220 miles without incident.  Our car is an Astra by Vauxhall.  Anybody heard of that?  Nice little compact car, luggage barely fits.

Brian driving. I'm sitting next to him in the passenger seat! Very weird.

It really is a different experience even from the passenger side.

Driving on the left. Car approaching on the right.

I took several photos from the car but this was the best shot to give you a feel of what it’s like.  That’s our Tom Tom GPS obstructing the view-sorry.  We are really glad we paid a little extra to get it.  We took a few wrong turns and “she” got us back on track.  She directed us through those traffic circles beautifully.  It was pretty funny though, when Brian is whispering to himself, “Stay to the left, stay to the left,” and our British Tom Tom lady is saying, “In 800 yards take the traffic circle to the right and take the third exit.”   “Is that the third exit?  Turn right, stay to the left, stay to the left…”

Eventually, we arrived at Stonehenge.

It was breathtaking from the first sighting.  We had been driving past rolling green hills dotted with sheep and cattle and then suddenly, there it was…

I can check one off the bucket list!

Stonehenge from the road.

Me on the path to Stonehenge.

We really were there. See?

This was taken at probably about the closest point you can get to the Stones.  There is a rope all the way around.  There are burials on the other side so that could be why the ropes are further away there.  You really get a different perspective of the Circle when you walk all the way around.  The necklaces we’re wearing around our necks contain a recorded walking tour.  At different markers along the path you listen to the description of that location.

These stones are where the sunrise streams through on June 21. The Summer Solstice. (Taken with my zoom.)

This was sort of the back side. The last view after completing the circle.

Those lumps in the distance are called Barrows (burial mounds). They are all over the area surrounding the stones.

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4 Responses to Day 4 Stonehenge

  1. Corky says:

    Hey guys I completely forgot you guys were there. Pictures look great. I know you are having a blast. Gail, since I brought you a piece of the pyramids when I was in Egypt I would expect you to pick up a pebble at Stone Henge for me 🙂 Enjoy!
    Corky

  2. Kathy says:

    Yes, we have been reading your blog. Looks like you are having a good time. Brain won’t be able to drive over here once you get back home!!! It was disappointing to me when I got to Stonehenge and it was roped off. I would have liked to get close to the stones. Keep sending us updates. We want to hear all about it.

    Kathy

  3. Marcia says:

    Were you surprised at the size?? We were – don’t know what we expected, but the size was surprising.

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