Salisbury and Stonehenge

Trip Start Jun 11, 2005
Trip End Aug 03, 2005

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Monday, June 20, 2005

This morning we woke, breakfasted in and checked out of the hostel, and went directly to the train station, where we took the 1047 to Salisbury. Upon arrival in Salisbury, we walked to St. Thomas' church, but as they were still having services, we went directly to the Salisbury Cathedral. There, we went through in rounds so that we could leave the bookbags outside. The Cathedral was lovely inside, and the most consistent in style in Europe because it was built in under half a century. The real treasure here, though, is the Chapter House, which houses one of four original copies of the Magna Carta. The document--lovely parchment covered with some 76 lines of tiny calligraphy, in 3,500 Latin words spells out the first rights of Englishmen under the guise of a 1215 agreement between King John and the nobles. Even though I couldn't understand a word of the document, it was still incredibly powerful to see. Then we picnicked and hiked back to the train station, where we caught the 1420 bus out to Stonehenge. You can see the stones from the road, and the supporting material is very simple; but then, not much is known about the structure or the people behind it. People who tried to dissuade me from going to Stonehenge cited the distance they keep you from the stones; I found the distance helpful not only to take in the site, but also to get good pictures and views, without being terribly much obstructed by other tourists. So, we took the bus back, and then an extremely delayed train (we sat for an hour on the tracks) back to London, and then had dinner at Green Park. Finally I went to Tesco with Allison and Allison before coming back home to Regents. I felt a little like Sam Gamgee at the end of The Lord of the Rings: well, I'm home again. Much love, and Happy Father's Day! Katie
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