Countryside Adventure

Trip Start Jul 13, 2009
Trip End Aug 09, 2009

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Well unfortunately the rain did not hold off so instead of riding around on top of a bus through the city, I decided to take the opportunity to head out in to the countryside. Salisbury to be more specific. I started off pretty early because even though it was raining a bit, I still decided to walk to the bus station where I would catch a ride. It was about a 4 mile hike and well worth it. It was fun to see London opening up for the morning. I even stopped and had a traditional English breakfast: a fried egg, bacon, baked beans, toast and fries. Not a bad way to start off the morning!

Once I arrived at the bus station it was about an 1 1/2 hours ride to South Hampton where I would take another bus for about the same time to Salisbury. After awhile I had to make myself quite taking pictures from the bus window because the scenery was so amazing. Rolling green hills running into full wheat fields, back into rolling green hills with a scattering of cottage style towns and a fair mixture of cattle and sheep farms. Well worth the 3 hour trip out there.

Once in Salisbury I walked around for a few hours to get a feel for the place. It can only be described as exactly what you would think an English town should look like. Cobblestone streets that make no sense direction wise, and old style shop after Olde Style Shoppe. I then stopped in for the classic fish 'n chips lunch at the Oxford Inn, and was introduced to my first green beer. It is only available during the summer and its not too bad.

After my late lunch, I hopped on another bus to take me just outside of Salisbury to the Stonehenge, and wow. I really didn't think that I would be the interested in it, but once I was there I couldn't stop thinking about how it was possibly constructed. Stonehenge is over 5000 years old and to this day no one still knows how they did it. Just amazing.

After Stonehenge I stopped in the town of Amesbury for a bit and poked around what I can only describe as what you would expect a hill town of England to look like. After that it was back on the bus, and back to London, where it was still raining.

Rain or shine tomorrow, I'll be on the top deck of that bus, but lets hope for shine.
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