Planning my London trip, Stonehenge was on the top of the list of things to see being one of the top mysteries of the world. The stones are estimated to have been standing for over 5,000 years! They are said to be celestially aligned, and a worship place for its inhabitants. I always wondered what kind of “magic” or feeling one would experience being amongst the stones. Stonehenge is located just outside of London in Amesbury, Salisbury. Most people who stay in London would take a coach bus to the site. That is what I decided to do.
We met up at the bus station just down the street from Buckingham Palace. The bus was full, but the seats were nonetheless comfortable. The bus rides took about two hours. The roads were very smooth. Didn’t let jet lag get the best of me, and stayed up the entire trip talking to other tourists. Many were surprisingly from the U.S. Another reason why sleep didn’t get a hold of me, was the fantastic scenery. Salisbury has a lot of beautiful green pastures and many sheep areas. It was mesmerizing.
When we reached the visitor center, there were many other tour buses as well. Our tour guide informed us where to go and what to see. There was an exhibit you can visit, a shop, cafe, and the main site in which you had to take a trolley to get to the actual Stonehenge site. First, I went through the exhibit. It didn’t strike my fancy as much. It has historical maps and timeline, and videos. After a quick walk through the exhibit, I found myself outside looking at the quaint tents they say were made by the people who constructed Stonehenge. They looked well built and reminded me of teepees we use to create with construction paper in elementary school. Then it was off to the main attraction!
You have to take a trolley to get to the stones. The line was not long at all. There were a few trolley’s coming and going all the time. On the ride up to the rocks, I recognized the atmosphere changing. Maybe it was “magic?” The clouds grew dark, and it began to rain. It soon stopped as I got off the trolley and walked closer to the rocks in the near distance.
The stones were nonetheless breathtaking as they stood at attention to the sky. A tingling feeling swept over my entire body full of excitement. Being a photographer, I took many pictures at many angles to capture the scenery at every angle to help map out my memory. Just memory alone was not good enough for me. There are tons, here are a select few:
After spending most of my time at the site, I finally decided to take the trolley back to the gift shop. It had a lot of collectible things including shot glasses, books, and small replicas of the monument. I purchased a cute one for my office. The cafe had a good selection of food as well. I bought a coffee and a pastry that was delicious.
The tour was perfect. The amount of time we had to see everything was more than enough. If you visit London or nearby, you MUST visit this historical site. Take it all in, stay amongst the rocks for as long as you can, breathe in the aroma of history! Click here if you want to take the same tour.