England is known for many famous and iconic landmarks, such as the Palace of Westminster and the Big Ben in Greater London, the Hadrian Wall in the North West region, the White Cliffs of Dover in the South East and so on. But if there’s one landmark that I firmly believe you wouldn’t want to miss, the one that dates back to prehistoric time, is the Stonehenge.
The visitation to the Stonehenge wasn’t included in my Big Blog Exchange itinerary. After rebooking my flight for an extension, I immediately searched for Stonehenge tours online. I could go to Stonehenge on my own, of course, but given the limited time I have to stay in England and my want to see as much as sights as possible, getting a tour was more feasible. :)
In the end, I booked for a Windsor Castle – City of Bath – Stonehenge tour via Viator.com.
First Stop: Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is one of official residences of The Queen. The place was swarming with tourist, probably because it was summer and the Royal family was there in preparation for Princess Kate’s pregnancy. I just gave up the hope of finding the most picturesque views, lol. I didn’t get a lot of photos either because photography isn’t allowed in the State Apartments, the Semi-State Rooms or St George’s Chapel. I thought that was really unfortunate because I really wanted to take a photo of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Queen Mary’s Doll House is a very intricate doll house that has an amazing collection of miniature items by top artists and craftsmen. These miniature items actually work and were handcrafted with intense accuracy, from the details of the books on the library to working chandeliers. You can check a photo (assuming, it’s a stolen shot) of the doll house by here.
I can’t remember what they were playing, I think it was Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.
Second Stop: The Roman Baths, City of Bath
The next time I go back to England, I’ll definitely allot a day to roam around Bath because it’s a charming little city. I wish we could’ve stayed longer but the distance from the Bath to the Stonehenge felt pretty far (my gauge: I fell asleep in the bus).
Anyway, we went there to visit the famous Roman Baths which was built as a sacred spring to the the goddes Sulis (Celtic). After the invasion of Rome, the goddess was then associated to Minerva. To be honest, I was disappointed with the Roman Baths — it did not look like anything that I saw on the pictures online! I guess I was expecting steam and blue water, instead all I saw was… green. The baths, apparently, aren’t working anymore and the water wasn’t safe for use which explains the color of the water. How unfortunate. :(
A portion of the Royal Crescent in Bath, a row of terraced houses.
Their park > All of our parks combined :(
Last but not the least, the Stonehenge
FINALLY. We are here.
The Stonehenge is one the world’s biggest mysteries that dates back to prehistoric date. Why was it built? Who built it? How did the people of antiquity able to transfer these stones so big? — These stones weigh like a ton, okay! There are so many questions, mysteries and theories about the Stonehenge. But I believe that the Stonehenge is just one part of something bigger project, like an intricately complex sacred landscape stationed here on Earth. I don’t know, but that’s why it’s a mystery! :P