Stonehenge

DSC_3905We landed in the UK around 8:30PM local time (losing 2 hours) and were soon heading a way from the airport driving a new Mercedes E350 convertible, sweet ride.  I had rented a small sub compact for $29 so the upgrade was a nice surprise with all the transportation challenges we had been having.
Should be a fun experience for Jake’s first time driving on the left side of the road.

We were expecting a standard, but we had an automatic, a big fast automatic with cool lowDSC_3925 profile wheels and sparkling rims (something not well liked by English potholes, another costly story),
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Our hotel was only about 7 minutes from Stonehenge and that was a good thing as we had a 5:30AM appointment to enter the inner-circle of Stonehenge before the general public. With long underwear and layers of clothing we endured the cold and soaked in this pile of rocks, in the middle of a farmer’s field and loved every minute of it. DSC_3944 DSC_3905There was a group of women chanting just off to the right that gave the place a mystical feeling as we watched the sun break over the horizon and through the massive rocks. DSC_3929 It was something to have the place almost all to ourselves and the ability to be up close to the stone formations.  This was much different than the first time I made the trip and was only allowed to see it from a path that encircles it along with a lot of other people. The guy who let us in said they get more then 5000 people per day.  The best part was the smile on Jake’s face!

 

 

 

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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