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Stonehenge

- United-Kingdom -

Saturday 7 February 2015

Hello! Today we are going to cross the Bristol Chanel to go to England and to discover the fabulous and world famous Stonehenge heritage, as well as the tiny and mysterious Avebury village. Without any loss of time, let's take to the road, because we have 2 hours of bus before arriving there.
Stonehenge
As soon as we arrived there, I couldn't resist and had to take a touristic picture because of this English "cliché" village.
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
On site we enjoyed the landscape made of massive megaliths erected stones, part of a huge cromlech (prehistoric monument composed of stones aligned) that circled the whole town.
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Sheeps seemed perfectly comfortable in this landscape and were gambolling in the field around the stones.
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
A bit further, we could distinguish an enormous hill: Silbury Hill, known as the biggest tumulus of Europe.
From the top of its 40 meters high, it overlooked the whole area. A tumulus is an artificial eminence composed of stones and earth that can be distinguished from a butte, composed exclusively of earth, and a cairn, composed only of stones. Now that we are all familiar with the vocabulary, I can show it to you!
Stonehenge
A frozen lake of 5cm of thickness was visible at the bottom of the hill, I forgot to tell you that the place was cold.
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Before going back to the bus, a small group picture was demanded with Sam, Irene and Hendrick! A picture that we could certainly qualified as bucolic.
Stonehenge
After few kilometres driving south, we arrived to Stonehenge. In terms of numbers, I would say that it is more than 150 stones, weighting between 4 and 37 tons, erected at the top of a hill following a circle shape. These stones have been transported thousands of years ago from Wales, which is at least an hour away by bus.
Stonehenge
During the middle-age this site was simply the fruit of magic before becoming an alien creation.
Stonehenge
The historians than moved forward and suggested the hypothesis of druids.
Stonehenge
Finally archaeologists managed to prove that the stones were erected more than 4000 years before the druids and were built by the stone-age men. Nowadays it seems that there is no place anymore for imagination, however do not worry: Stonehenge keep hidden secrets.
Stonehenge
The reason of its creation for example stays a mystery. Why building such place? Its configuration seems to follow the moon movement and the sunrises and one of the hypothesis is that it was used as a prehistoric calendar to indicate equinoxes, solstices and eclipses.
Stonehenge
Bones were find at the entry of the site and suggested that this site was used for ceremonies and that human sacrifices took place here, as a gift to gods.
Stonehenge
With such age, Stonehenge was the witness of a significant number of history pages, as well as a wonderful place of imagination for every-one.
I would like to finish my story with the un-estimated testimony of our guide, apparently conceived here. Stonehenge has been for many years a perfect place of meetings and social diversity. What is better to avoid consanguinity than organising an important assembly, at the summer solstice, with different villages and celebrate the upcoming worm days?
This place is full of interesting stories and can definitely stay as one of the United-Kingdom symbol.
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
My little trip to England is finished for today, let's go back to a place with sunny weather, which means... to Wales!
Stonehenge

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