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Stonehenge
Posted by Alex J Dot on 26th May 2014
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Welcome to Stonehenge

One of the Seven Wonders of the World

Imagine a lopsided circle of stones.  Imagine it 10 times bigger, and now make it bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger!  Okay too much!  Reduce it by 7.4583759387%; what you just imagined (I hope) is Stonehenge.  But, you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  So how many words would it take if you were to actually see this amazing sight?

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Stonehenge on a cloudy day

Stonehenge is one of the largest natural mysteries in the world and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is widely believed to have been a burial ground.  There is some proof backing up this theory because there have been mace heads found in and around Stonehenge.  Back in the day, the only people who would carry maces (type of weapon…probably should have mentioned that earlier) would be kings, or loyal assistants of the king.

Stonehenge has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.  I am always reading about it in books, seeing it on the Internet, and watching it in movies and television.  My dream was about to come true.  I arrived on a bus tour, and the drive was such an experience.  I saw the gorgeous countryside of England, farms, animals, Stonehenge, rolls of hay, Stonehenge again etc.  I could never put in the exact number of words to describe the sight of Stonehenge, its one of those locations you just need to see for yourself.  But, I will try! Stonehenge is a rock formation making a circular pattern. The stones are in the middle of a grassy area, with blowing winds making the somewhat overgrown grass sway across the rolls of hay.  Each stone has their own distinct shape and size, making a very lopsided circle. When you walk into the Stonehenge “area” there are barriers, so you can’t get up close to the stones.  But it’s still very beautiful and captivating to look at. Well, I don’t know what else I can say…just see it for yourself (or on Google Images…but its nicer in real life).

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Stonehenge viewing from opposite side

On the day of my arrival, it was very windy and I hadn’t strapped on the chin strap of my hat and the wind picked it up and dropped it a few meters beyond the barrier.  I leapt over the barrier, grabbed my hat, and quickly took out my camera for a closer shot of Stonehenge!  The security guard yelled at me and I had to go back.  Besides that misstep the rest of the time was photography, waiting for people to move out of the way and all in all having a great time.

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The dreaded sign – Stonehenge

I recommend this site for families with slightly older children because it’s a long bus ride to get to Stonehenge from London and it might bore small children, as there isn’t anything to actual ‘do’.  This trip met my expectations and didn’t disappoint. I was expecting to see a circle of rocks thousands of years old, and I got just that…and a bit more.  My favourite part of the day was taking photographs of Stonehenge; there were countless artistic opportunities. I have selected a couple of my favourites below. If you have kids who appreciate historical landmarks, than take them to Stonehenge immediately!

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Stonehenge side profile view

P.S. I didn’t know where to put this, but in Ontario, Canada at the intersection Highway 7 and 38 there is a mini Stonehenge on the side of the road, it brought back cool memories.

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Stonehenge from behind the fence

Before heading out to Stonehenge, check out current details on opening time, admission and other important details about this wonder of the world.

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