Monday, October 3, 2016

Trip to United Kingdom (PART 1)

Visit to Stonehenge

We were in Thacham, one hour away from Stonehenge. From Gatwick airport when we reached Thacham it was 10 o’clock in the night though the setting sun’s gorgeous color still making an illusion of a bright day. After reaching and having dinner when settled down  the clock told that it was 12 at night. It was the hight time to go to bed, as our plan to start next day morning at 8. 

Yes, we could get up early in the next morning, that could be jet lag, that could be excitement, which one I didn’t know. However, we were as fresh as morning dew, and ready for the trip. We started from home at 8:30 in the morning, not late..huh? Soon we hit the freeway, with big green trees on the both sides of the road. The tree were very green and vibrant. It was strikingly different from the USA west coast. Here in west coast it is very dry and full of rugged mountain. Through out the whole summer you can see the brown-black rough mountain covered with grey grass. Actually the green grass always turn grey as soon as the winter ends. 

Anyway, it was one hour long drive. The UK weather was very much unknown to us. Though we were told to carry jackets, wind-cheaters, umbrella, still my mind was not ready to accept , that we needed all those things in summer time. I carried all of them, but I took all my summer dresses with me. In the very first morning I realized how much wrong I was. I understood that the whole tour I had to wear my same old jeans and t-shirts and jackets.
We reached Stonehenge early, not my people were flocking around at that time. As soon as we came out of the car, the chilly gutsy wind just attacked us. As if the wind was ready to hit us with full force. The vast grass land was so open that there was not a tiny place to stand to avoid the wind. The few trees were extremely far from the grass land. Even the ticket counter also open. I was trembling in cold, and lost all interest to see the mysterious Stonehenge created by the neolithic men. 
How they could move so many monstrous stones when they didn’t know the use of wheel? How long they spent to move them? It was perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument. Those prehistoric people erected those huge stone like Totem Pole. According to history the first henge was erected 5000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was created in 2500 B.C.  Previously the henge was opened,and people could touch the stones. But now the area was encircled with wires. People could see from distance. When the most southwest England was covered with thick green this area was unusually very open. We also saw some model homestead, which depicted how the people lived at that time. 

After paying we waited in the queue of bus. The bus took us to drop near the henge. We could also walk all the way (a few miles) to the henge, but and weather discouraged us to do that. I was wearing a summer jacket, and how much I squeezed myself, how tightly I held myself with my hands, I couldn’t win over the chilly wind. Anyway, the few minutes I was feeling warm inside the bus. As soon as we got down from the bus again we faced the chilly wind. I  gave little one to wear a shorts and t-shirt. The poor little kid was shivering, even wearing a hoodie , and constantly complaining me for giving hime shorts to wear. We spent almost one hour there. We found it difficult to stand in the chilly wind, and we decided to go to our next stop, Salisbury. 


  1. Hi Krishna! Wow, I always wanted to visit Stonehenge. I loved the photos you took there, the grass is beautiful.. and the stones are fascinating! I am sorry you guys were feeling cold there, the weather seemed to turn really bad actually... there is one more kid wearing shorts...

  2. I am disappointed to hear they don't let you go up to the stones anymore! I guess it's a safety issue? Or maybe to keep the stones safe?

    It is amazing that they were able to move them. One of those mysteries that make the world interesting!

  3. I think the stones were being 'loved to death' by tourists so they stopped letting people in to explore. I've never been, but it looks really cool and I'm fascinated by it. I bet they rolled the stones over land with giant logs. Amazing work for zero technology.

  4. It is one of the wonders of the world. Great place to visit. Have a great day!

  5. Wonderful shots of Stonehenge. Nice place to visit.

  6. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

  7. Nice place ;)

  8. Hello!:) It's a place of mystery, and I enjoyed my visit, but it was in summer, and lovely weather. The stones have survived the British weather for centuries.:))

  9. Hello Krishna,
    so lucky you could visit Stonehenge. It's been on our wish list so we hope we could visit it in the near future!

  10. Very interesting place!
    Bj S