Monday, July 1, 2013

Stonehenge

I was here!



I learned some cool stuff... Like, "stonehenge" means "hanging stone."

And there was a circle of wooden poles before there were stones.

Also, the wind in these places can be brutal.  As a fantasy novelist that made me rethink what it would be like to hike or ride across open land...

Stonehenge pilgrims braving the wind.


And although I am not usually a fan of the tourist headset, I tolerated the one at Stonehenge long enough that it started telling me stories about the place.  Which was fine with me.  :)

A lot of the legends I heard about had to do with Merlin.  The one I remember most clearly was that he sent giants to West Wales (We apparently know the stones came from there.) to get the stones, but they were taking so long that Merlin got fed up and transported the stones to southern England with his magic.  Sometimes you just have to do things yourself.

There are also legends that King Arthur is buried there.

King Arthur?  I can see it...

But the best part is...



No matter how much we study it, or how hard we think...

Here you can see one of the nearby barrows.

We just don't know why people created Stonehenge.  It is a mystery.


And I think mystery is good for us, nowadays.

~

Next stop, Bath!  The city Jane Austen may or may not have hated!

6 comments:

  1. Cool, Susan! I've never been to Stonehenge. It'd be an interesting place to visit someday... maybe one day when I can take the family to England. I have been to Bath, though.

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  2. Oh my gosh this place is on my bucket list :-)

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  3. It's a pretty magical place to visit. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. I have to refrain from digging into an archive of old words just to find a way to suitably express how grand I think this is. I'll leave it at "AWESOME" and carry on with my day.

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  5. There are so many places like this all over the UK, but Stonehenge is definitely the big mama. Some of the smaller ones are just as beautiful and mysterious in their own way because there's no tourism surrounding them.

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  6. I'd love to visit Stonehenge someday, but for now the closest I'll get is the model my son built of it for a project on England. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing your photos!

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