After a long drive through the narrow and winding English country roads, a shuttle bus, and a short hike and I was finally face-to-face with one of the most recognized and ancient monuments in the world. I had about five seconds to see it in all its glory before the sky opened and unleashed a fury of waves that sent everyone running for the driest picture-taking locations.
Nevertheless, I still managed to pick up some important tidbits about the landmark.
5. It really is just a bunch of rocks in the middle of nowhere
To be very honest, Stonehenge itself isn’t much to look at it. Although beautifully arranged the thick ,moss-covered grey stone don’t get any prettier after the third photo-op and your eyes start to wonder towards the rolling green fields and cows . What is interesting, however, is the story behind the stones.
4.There is no one story
As the handy audio guide thoroughly explains, the exact reasoning behind Stonehenge’s creation is not known. A popular theory include the wizard Merlin magicking the stones from Ireland. More realistically, it also proposed the site was used as a place of sacrifice or for religious ceremonies and burials.
3 : Stonehenge is actually surrounded by real ancient burial sites…and bombs
If your tour driver is skillful enough to navigate the narrow, winding roads of the English countryside , you’ll see giant mounds of dirt along the way to the exhibition site. These are actual ancient burial sites.
I also wouldn’t risk walking off the beaten path. Some of the nearby towns are regularly used for military practice and live bombs are scattered throughout the area.
2. Staying on the path might not save you
See those holes in the stones? Those were made by wayward practice bullets.
1. Rain + Selfie = Picture Fail
It’s very hard to hold an umbrella and take a Stonehenge selfie at the same time…which is why I only have pictures of this beautiful monument and my eyebrows. And trust, you don’t want to see those.
Have you been to Stonehenge? What did you learn?