Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stonehenge Rocks...And so does Beer

We got up early this morning and set out for Stonehenge. This was the thing Max has been looking most forward to on our trip, and he was giddy with joy all day! The rest of us were also pretty pleased with the stop, especially since the rain held off for our visit and the tour buses didn't start showing up en masse until we were leaving. What a fascinating and mysterious piece of history Stonehenge is! We were amazed to learn that Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids were being built around the same time, and we are thrilled to be able to say we have now seen them both! After leaving the Salisbury Plain, where Stonehenge is located, we made our way down to the little coastal town of Beer, where we will spend the next ten days trying to get some school and work done. We are staying in the Beer Head Caravan Park, and though our caravan is small, it suits our needs just fine. Besides that, it has the most magnificent view of the English Channel, which certainly doesn't hurt anything!

The exhibition center at Stonehenge was really interesting.

This is a replica stone, which begged visitors to try to move it. 

The kids got a kick out of the small huts at the museum,
which are meant to be similar to the huts the builders of Stonehenge would have lived in.

This boy could hardly contain his excitement!

The older two were trying to entertain the youngest
by seeing who could stand on one foot the longest.

The Watts at Stonehenge

This would have been the main entrance to the temple, with the sacrifice stone out front.

Max studied his guide seriously and shared many fascinating facts with us.

Our home in Beer is not much to look at...

...But you can't beat the view!

Another view of the Channel from the bottom of the hill

This iconic structure outside the office is not what it seems.
There is a fish aquarium housed inside, which greatly excited the boys!
(If you look closely, you can see a couple of fish just about the poster at the bottom.)


  1. Are you familiar with the book Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd? It's a very long history about the Salibury plains area. There's a great chapter about his take on what Stonehenge means, etc. Purely fiction, but I found it interesting.

  2. I have not heard of that book, but it sounds interesting. I may have to track it down when I find some spare time.


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