OK, I'm shamelessly taking advantage of a very modern set of technologies -- digital camera and Notes replication -- to blog (oh, that's modern too) about Stonehenge.
Yes, it's time to check another one off the list -- I was able to get to Stonehenge today.  My UK colleagues were having a bit of fun about my intention to visit in the first place -- the Irish lad said "it's just a bunch of rocks" -- but onward with the mission I proceeded.  I don't think my reading about it quite prepared me -- you literally drive over a hill and oomph-- there it is.  Nice of its builders to think about locating so conveniently to the A344.
It really doesn't take long to visit, but they do provide an audio tour which could drag the experience out to 30 minutes. I decided to split the difference and walk the circle in about 15 minutes.  Still, I heard enough of the audio to raise the typical questions -- who built it?  why?  How did they get the rocks from quarries miles away to the site?  How did they engineer them to form the site?  
One does walk away with an impression from the site.  I was able to envision the work to build it, but more importantly, how proud they must have been of this amazing accomplishment that has stood the test of time.  There are other stone circles and similar features in the area -- John Head suggested that I visit Avebury, 20 miles north of Stonehenge -- but this is the one that most vividly depicts the work of the era.  It's also the most complete, a testimonial to those who built it.  So that's what I did, and then hit the road to Leicester.  More about that in the next blog.
Image:Blue rocks in the middle of nowhere

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  1. 1  Mark Ramos www.gsw.com |

    Hi Ed, I happened on the link to this post, from your "blog year in review", better late than never.

    I had exactly the same experience. All the Britons poo-poohed my impending trip but it was all worth it for the approach from over the hill. Their point is well taken, it's not beautiful but it is awesome as you consider the effort required to put it there.

    A true testimony to human spirit for it is clearly a spiritual place.


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