I am here with a wonderful experience of Stonehenge, one of the most iconic monument in Britain with more than one million visitors every year.
It was one of the places in my checklist to strike. During my childhood days I used to find a wonderful screensaver with some stones standing in between the green scenery . I used to wonder do such places really exists? if so then I wished to visit. Finally it was the day to visit the childhood dream place.
The plan was all set to visit the Stonehenge, from Reading to Salisbury we had one change over in Basingstoke. The journey was all set, since the season was autumn, the journey to Salisbury was a visual treat. This season quietly deepens and tree leaves gradually become tinted in burning red. It was just like the spectacular beauty of nature was all set to welcome winter 🙂
From Salisbury we were taken to Stonehenge visitor center through the Stonehenge visitor bus. It was a nice view from the bus, though it was a small city the drive within the city was nice and beautiful. Finally, we were in visitor center, from there we had shuttle to the monument after collecting the tickets.
Let me tell you something that was shared by a gentleman in the ticket counter, when he realized we are heading towards the most prominent exhibited Neolithic structure, he told us about the unpredictable weather over there. So, while stepping down from the shuttle, excitement was winning over the cold breeze that was passing through. One thing that surprised us was the sunny weather near visitor center and -5-degree temperature with a cool breeze in the Stonehenge was an element of surprise. Since we were already told about the unpredictable weather this stood as a surprise element.
Information: Stonehenge’s stones are of two types, the biggest of Stonehenge’s stones are known as sarsens that are up to 30 feet and smaller stones referred to as “bluestones” they will have a bluish tinge when wet or freshly broken which weigh up to 4 tons. History is something the older it gets the more interesting it becomes.
There are various findings, theories and facts about this Stonehenge. Can refer to the below links to know more interesting facts and theories.
Off from the shuttle we were all free to walk around the Stonehenge. Stones that were preserved does have a fence around it, therefore cannot touch the stones. In one way, this precaution seemed good to me because the monument would be preserved for a longer term. Another reason behind fencing was due to the fragile soil. There aren’t many places to sit, however, could locate 3-4 benches around the Stonehenge. All of us were busy to capturing this beautiful moment in cameras.
After having a walk around, we also headed towards the Neolithic houses outside the visitor center which would explain us about the people who lived in it 4500 years ago. From there we headed towards visitor center to grab lunch. The wonderful autumn view outside the visitor center caught my attention during lunch.
Winded up the day with some photographs of the impressive view of the trees in autumn gold and rust colored leaves illustrating the beauty of autumn and the fall color along with the experiences of pre-historic monument of Europe.
Happy Blogging 🙂