Salisbury, Stonehenge, and the Magna Carta

Trip Start Sep 25, 2005
Trip End Jun 20, 2006

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Saturday, November 5, 2005

Today I travelled to Salisbury with Richard and MacArthur and we went to Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. I had heard that Stonehenge can be disappointing for some, so I did not know what to expect, but I thought it was awe-inspiring. Right now is not a peak tourist time as well, so it was easy to block out the other people and imagine that I was alone in a vast plain with the stones. The sky was overcast and the entire experience was slightly surreal. Stonehenge is one of the places that I always identified with "travel" and when I saw the stones underneath the overcast sky it impressed upon me again that I was thousands of miles from home, exploring the world on my own.
We ran back to catch the bus back to Salisbury and walked through the town to the cathedral. We spent time in a park where the high spire of the cathedral was just visible over the trees. It was the largest and most impressive of all the cathedrals I have seen so far-it was so massive. I could have wandered around inside for hours. The ceiling was so high, the stained glass omnipresent, and I loved the grating inside. The magna carta was also very impressive; the room it is in is circular with stained glass windows all around and the magna carta was under glass, wrinkling and shrinking with age.
I love the fact that so many English towns are easily walkable. It is incomparable, all this strolling along winding narrow streets, with a nip in the air. It makes me feel that I am really on an adventure.
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