Castles, Roman Baths and a Mystery

Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
Trip End Sep 09, 2008

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We were up early this morning and waiting for our tour bus to take us to Windsor Castle, the town of Bath and then to the Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge.
We visited Windsor Castle/Eton College first.  The very quaint little town surrounding the magnificent Windsor Castle is dwarfed by the enormous size and scale of the castle itself.  We visited the State Apartments and saw beautiful works of art and tapestries.  Photos were not allowed to be taken inside - so we will have to keep those visions alive in our memory.  We visited the St. George Chapel and saw the tomb of many past Kings and Queens - including King Henry VIII and the Queen Mother.  We witnessed the changing of the guard ceremony and then we were on our way to the town of Bath.
We arrived in Bath about an hour and a half later and made our way through this Georgian styled town to the center.  We walked to the old Roman Baths and viewed the excavation and thermal waters then we had a little free time to explore the town. 
After leaving Bath we drove through the countryside and through the Salisbury Plain to the site of Stonehenge.  We were truly amazed and felt very fortunate to be able to experience this on a nice day without hoards of people.  The mystery may never be solved as to why this came to be and how it was constructed - but we all enjoyed forming our own opinions.  Dating back to 8000 BC and with the last dated work at about 1600 BC this site has taken on many different forms.  From original wooden posts to the now evident stones - with burial mounds surrounding the area in the countryside there is a lot to be learned as to why and how this site came to be.
We arrived back in London after a very long day.  We had lunch on the bus so we were ready for and chips with mushy peas so we were off to a pub for our last English meal before departing from the port of Harwich for our Baltic Cruise.
We are obviously leaving a lot to see on a future trip to England but this was a nice little introduction.
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Question of the day..........How many different ways can you photograph a stone??


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