5 Things You Learn About Stonehenge on a Rainy Day

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.

Image

Stormy Stonhenge |photo credit @thepinkexpat.com

 

Nevertheless, I still managed to pick up some important tidbits about the landmark.

 

Image

Stonehenge on a rainy day|photo credit@thepinkexpat

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.

 Houses in the time of Stonehenge's creation |photo credit @ the pinkexpat.com

Houses in the time of Stonehenge’s creation |photo credit @ the pinkexpat.com

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. 

 

Image

Ancient Burial Site | photo credit @thepinkexpat.com

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.

 

Image

Bullet holes in Stonehenge | Photo credit @thepinkexpat.com

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?

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “5 Things You Learn About Stonehenge on a Rainy Day

  1. Great photos! Glad you enjoyed Stonehenge, it is such a fascinating place and recent archaeology has posed more questions than answers!

  2. An interesting visitors perspective on Stonehenge. As you noted the site is surrounded by mounds (barrows) and other archaeology and is best viewed as one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe rather than a standalone site. The army actually saved a lot of the landscape as if it hadn’t been used by the military the archaeology would have been ploughed flat by farmers in the days before archaeology is as valued like it is now. Nice photo’s 🙂

  3. Great photos! Stonehenge is a real iconic landmark, I drive past it every time I go back home to Cornwall (I live near London at the moment). I’m planning on going to the summer solstice event there this year. 🙂 Nice post, hope the weather improves for you! x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s