Stonehenge Still a Mystery
| February 25, 2011
In Photo Gallery, Travel Scoop
If You Google Stonehenge you get over 6,770,000 results in .09 seconds. That fact, in and of itself, is proof enough that people are fascinated with the mystery surrounding the rock formation found on the Salisbury Plain.
Even though I've been to England several times, previous to my December 2010 trip, I had never made the haul out to see the rocks. But this time we bit the bullet, booked a tour bus and head out to the plain. We were not disappointed.
Shrouded in pea-soup thick fog, it was the most interesting, mysterious and, well, cool visit. The only thing that would have made it better was if we were alone, but as one of the top visited places in the world, that was hardly a possibility. (I know the photo looks like I am standing in front of a really good mural, but I promise I was there, several meters from the rocks.) Until the seventies when folks started taking chuncks of the rock home with them, you could walk right up to them, even climb on them. Too bad that's not a possibility any longer.
As soon as you approach the formation, the questons start running through your mind. Who built it? How? When? Why? Was it for spiritual purposes? Agricultural purposes? Was it the center of some type of celebration? The possibilites are really endless as are the "theories."
I love that the National Trust hasn't ever figured out why it's there or what is was used for. A little mystery in today's world when things are so easily explained, is well, comforting, dontcha' think?
If you go, know that there's not a whole lot of food options nearby. Amesbury, the closest town, has a few small restaurants and the "visitor center" has vending machines. Since we were there during the cold, drizzly, foggy time of year, we weren't really interested in a picnic, but a picnic would be lovely on a good weather day.
If you have been, share your thoughts with us about your impressions of one of the world's most visited sites in the comment section of this post. If you'd like to go, tell us what draws you there.
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