Monday, 19 September 2011

Popping in on Liz and a visit to an alien bird bath.

No run today. We were far too excited to get on the road. Matt and I took a day to ourselves, leaving the kids with their grandparents for a day of fun sans parents. Leaving strict instructions not to give them any treats (yeah, right) we were out the door by 8am.
Walked down to Maze Hill Station and hopped on the "overground" to Charring Cross Station and even managed the change over at London Bridge. We arrived at Trafalgar Square and found our tour company. Today we hired a bus tour for Stonehenge. Yahoo! The tour didn't leave until after lunch so we had some time to kill. We decided to walk The Mall to Buckingham Palace and pop in for a quick cup of tea with the Queen. It was a lovely morning for a stroll up one of the prettiest city streets I have ever seen. I am quite amazed by how green London is. There are parks and green spaces everywhere. I love how many people ride bicycle all over the city, especially on a sunny September morning.

Anyhow, we arrived at the gate of the palace only to find Liz unavailable. Too bad. Maybe next time we should ring first, eh? No doubt she will be disappointed when she realizes she has missed us.

Enjoyed a leisurely walk through Green Park and back up to Picadilly Circus. Lots of people watching here and a nice chance for Matt and I to catch up after so many days of travel and occupying the little jackals. We had an "English breakfast" (which was very nice) before getting ourselves back to the tour company for our bus.
At 12:30pm we pulled away from Pall Mall and were on our way to Wiltshire. Two hours on a luxury coach was a very peaceful way to travel. We approached the sight of one of the world's most celebrated prehistoric monuments.

Stonehenge it is believed, was erected around 2500 B.C. It is a world heritage sight and just about the weirdest thing I have ever seen. This collection of gigantic rocks that stand upright in the middle of the rolling countryside, are a real mystery. While their are many theories about how it was built and, more importantly I think, what the purpose of it was, we will likely never know for sure. What I do know for sure is that every time I have been (this is my third visit) I have had a very strange, uneasy feeling there. Matt agrees that there is something eerie and "supernatural" about the energy of this place. We have concluded that Stonehenge was clearly built by aliens, probably as a giant bird bath for the only creature they found on earth that could fly like them. The giant cross beam stones are the ideal location to hang birdseed bells or peanut butter pinecones. It's obvious now, don't you think?

So we left Stonehenge, confident that we had solved the age old mystery. Back on the bus for another relaxing 2 hour journey. Once we returned to London we hopped off the coach at White Hall and found a nice little bistro for a plate of spaghetti. Then we retraced our steps back through Charring Cross Station, London Bridge station and finally home to Maze Hill. We felt quite proud of ourselves for managing the journey rather effortlessly. Matty and I are one heck of a team!

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1 comment:

  1. Great pictures. Always wanted to go there! Miss you guys!