When Pilbeam asked me what I wanted to see while in I visited her in England, the Stonehenge was on my main list of must-see-tourist-attraction. I am a big fan of the wonders of the world (again, somewhat of a history dork). We planned a quick stop to Salisbury between Bath and our trip back to Cambridge- by quick, I mean, quick! We spent less than half a day in town; although I don’t think you needed more than that to marvel at the rocks.
We were a little surprised when we stepped off the Salisbury train station. I suppose we were expecting signs for the Stonehenge everywhere the minute we arrived… but nada! There was one tour bus that offered tourists a ride to the Stonehenge and they were not easily spotted. There didn’t seem to be any other options either besides the single tour bus.
Huh. It boggled us for awhile because we had assumed Salisbury would be milking the Stonehenge for all it’s touristy worth. I suppose that’s a very ‘American-way’ of thinking though. We joked that if the Stonehenge was in the U.S., it would have a mall and a theme park next to it by now.
Later, as we talked to Pilbeam’s friends, it seemed many English people seemed not at all enchanted with “big, old rocks.” Then again, one of them did say that the Pyramids of Egypt were ‘boring’- which I took a personal offense from since Egypt was one of my childhood summer homes. Then again, I suppose I could understand the more jaded views of a local person- especially, when it comes down to it, just big, old rocks with no definite explanation behind them.
Oh well. I still think the Stonehenge were quite neat and the mystery behind it is intriguing. I would like to believe that aliens were most definitely involved too.
The Stonehenge tourist center was also small and inconspicuous, somewhat camouflage in the farmland environment. Stonehenge is surrounded by nothing but sheep and green, green, green as far as the eyes could see. Plus, lots of burial mounds. Again, we were blessed with nice weather that day and managed to take some awesome photos of the scenery.Â Continue reading