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Sep 8, 2015 - Today will be remembered forever

Today was incredible. We just arrived back from a tour to Bath, Lacock and a private inner circle viewing of Stonehenge after it closed. It was amazing. I took about 70 pictures and all I need to sort through the bunch before I post. Plus we are tired and need to get up early to take the train to Scotland. I am hoping to have some wifi on the train to post. In the meantime here is a sample....

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Feb 10, 2014 - Along the A303

Departure from Maidenhead around 0700 for our final destination of the day-Plymouth. 4 degrees and watching – Bear in the front and Dad holding on in the back, at any one time there is shouting and laughing or great gaps of silence as we all try to understand where the heck the Sat nav has decided to take us now… The road slowly gets cold and misty, Traffic followed us out of town in closely packed lanes and the further away we drove the longer the double lines of headlights coming towards us grew. Calling out the road signs as we go...

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Feb 10, 2014 - Plymouth

With just enough daylight left to see an angel place appear across the road we were very happy to arrive and the Barbican guest house was just what we needed – close to everything and the people running it were fabulous. Dropping our bags, we headed out into the old streets of Plymouth – essentially the old part of town, called the Barbican. Apparently the only original part of old Plymouth to survive the blitz, it used to house the old fishing markets but these have been moved across the other side of the newly installed swing bridge and...

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Feb 10, 2014 - Along the A303

On the road again and this time a detour of interest to King Alfred’s Tower or the folly of King Alfred, it is a three sided tower conceived in 1762 and intended to commemorate the end of the 7 years’ war against France and the accession of King George 3. Designed in 1765 with some inspiration from St Marks Campanile in Venice, but it bears no resemblance. The tower is 49 metres (161 ft.) high and is triangular with round projections at each of the three corners. One of these, furthest from the entrance door, has a spiral staircase within...

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Oct 15, 2013 - Stonehenge

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Southwest England has to say about Stonehenge: This compelling ring of monolithic stones has been attracting a steady stream of pilgrims, poets and philosophers for the last 5,000 years and is Britain’s most iconic archaeological site. It’s still one of Britain’s great archaeological mysteries: despite countless theories about what the site was used for, ranging from a sacrificial centre to a celestial timepiece, in truth, no one really knows what drove...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Through some 4,500 year old pagan sites - as you do.

Today we drove to Stonehenge after worrying we may be trapped in the camper due to rain. It cleared - we did a few jobs - and drove on. We are now in a gorgeous caravan park surrounded by horses, cows and goats. Stan went off to visit a cricket buddy and join his team's training.

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Feb 18, 2013 - Stonehenge

As we were in the area we thought it was time we visited the famous Stonehenge ancient stone circle. The visitor’s facilities were poor and we were surprised how many people were there. Listening to the audio tour we learnt about stone circle. The first monument at Stonehenge is believed to have been a circular ditch and bank with a ring of 56 wooden or stone posts (around 3000BC). It was over 500 years later that the first stones seen today were brought to the site. Researchers have found that the stones came from the Preseli Hills in...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Stonehenge and Salisbury

Drove the 4 miles or so to Stonehenge this morning, and there was no problem parking Homer across the road from the “henge” in the carpark. It was an overcast misty morning as we wandered leisurely around this awesome prehistoric site. There were not the crowds here that we had expected, and the short sharp shower of rain waited until we were back at the “shop”! We then drove to the “park and ride” at Britford; which happened to be furthest away south of Salisbury, but is the only one of several around the city which does not have a height...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Stonehenge, Avebury and the Uffington White Horse

Weather was cloudy all day with periods of rain and very heavy rain later in the day, but it didn't rain when we were walking around at Stonehenge and Avebury which is what we did today. Also saw 3 white horses. We drove up to the Uffington White Horse. Jim and I thought you could see it across the valley, but apparently we were thinking of one of the more modern ones. The ancient one can only actually be seen really well from the air. We did drive up to a point where you can walk out several hundred yards and have a look at it,...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Stonehenge, England

While in Bath, we drove about an hour east to visit both Stonehenge and the lesser known Avebury Stones. At Stonehenge, we used an well-done audio guide as we walked around the historic henge. It explained some of the noteworthy features of the stones, their arrangement and the known history of the construction. Here are a few key facts about Stonehenge:

  • •Age estimated at 3100 BC •Stonehenge was constructed in three phases.
  • •It has been estimated that the three phases of the construction required more than thirty million...

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Sep 21, 2010 - More Rocks and a Long Drive

The day began in Avebury where my B+B hosts treated us to an English breakfast of back bacon, beans, eggs, toast, marmalade and tea. Sarum, a very significant ancient man-made chalk hill is right across the road. I spent an hour walking the circumference of the Avebury stone circle, which is older than Stonehenge and much larger, enveloping a village. It dates from around 2500 BC. During my morning walk I ran across only a handful of people, but I was under the close scrutiny of several hundred sheep. Before noon I was on my way on what...

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Sep 20, 2010 - South England Rocks

After another three pound breakfast (cost 6 pounds this time) I gathered my wet gear and left Hayling Island behind. Following a 2 hr drive and a few directions from roadside Brits, I reached Blandford Forum. That is the place where my great grandfather, Thomas Quinlan, settled for awhile when he first immigrated from Ireland. He met his wife, Elizabeth Heizman, there. It is a Georgian town and has been kept up very nicely. There is a well developed system of parks and pathways which I explored. All the people appear to be either pregnant...

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