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England, Day Nine

Stone Henge, Silbury, and Avebury

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Today Neil and I got up at 6:00AM hoping to beat the rush and get out of the city in good time. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be. London is a crowded city and rush hour would test the patience of a saint. It took us about an hour and a half to get out of the city streets and onto a motorway. After that it was fairly straight forward except the time where we missed our exit and had to backtrack. Once we got there, Stone Henge did not disappoint. Everyone is given one of those radios on a lanyard and you can get information about the Stone Henge at different points around the circle. Very informative. It was cold and windy here and I was wishing that I had brought a pair of gloves. After this we went to explore Silbury Hill. It is a huge hill created by people over hundreds of years. Much of it is chalk. There were three different times in the last 3 hundred years that people excavated into the hill to see if there was anything buried in it. They were not successul. It just seems to be a huge hill. If you are curious about it, you can look it up on Google. There are some pictures of it there. Avebury is also a ring of stones but much larger than Stone Henge in scope. It is not as well preserved and the stones stand in what looks like a farmer's field. You can go right up to the stones and touch them, unlike Stone Henge where the circle is cordoned off. While looking at these stones we had to walk around the various sheep that are pastured there to keep down the grass and preserve the historic site. The weather today was cool and the clouds were hanging low to the ground - very moody sort of atmosphere for our explorations of the ancient landmarks. On our way back to Beckenham, Neil planned our route so that we wouldn't spend so much time driving in the city. Instead, we took the ring road around London and got back in considerably less time than it took us to travel south-east this morning. The GPS is great for getting us from point A to point B but it does not always take the most efficient route. When we got home, supper was just about ready. What a great welcome home!

Posted by lineke.rich 13:34 Archived in England

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