Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel
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We started off our second week in the New Forest with a trip to the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast. The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula with the English Channel to the east and south and Poole Harbour to the north. The Jurassic Coast is 95 miles of coastline from east Devon to Dorset with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. Because of its geological importance, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.
... I had printed at home.
I was pretty bummed out that we drove right by Stonehenge and did not have the time to park and take a look. I have been there before, back in the days when one could walk among the stones and touch them. Now there are fences around the stones and nobody can get within 50 feet of them. I’m glad we visited them when we did.
We stopped at a Welcome Service wayside at Tamworth ...
... and one could eat inside or sit at a table set in the garden. Very attractive. Cam and gelding drove down from Bath with their children to see us which was very nice of them. Had an early night as we wanted to leave early in morning to drive to Ilfracombe by tea ...
... or ceremonial use" which can mean basically anything. Around the stones is another circle, and bodies from the same time period have been found along the circle. So some people think perhaps it could be an ancient funeral ceremony. Or, maybe a sacrifice. No one knows for sure.
After Stonehenge, we took the two hour drive back to London, and I didn’t get home until after 9. I went across to Victoria station to grab some dinner, and enjoyed an early night ...
... to look from outside the walls. We had an ice cream on the lawn near the lake and watched the kids, ducks and geese. To get home we went via Southampton.
Allen lived in England for a year when he was 11. His family came by ocean liner and arrived in Southampton so he wanted to visit the docks. There were 2 cruise ships in port and the ferries to the Isle of Wight. We got out and walked ...