18 September, 2015

Stonehenge & Salisbury

Well I'm back in England at last.  People keep asking me if I ever go anywhere else.  Well clearly I do, but somehow I'm always drawn back to England.  I'll warn you now, if you've been following me for a while, there will probably be some repeats on this trip.  But hopefully not too many.  Though we will start out with one.

Not much to say about yesterday, I arrived, got checked in, had dinner, went to bed.  Of course I did find time for a lovely glass of port before bed.

So then my day today started out at 3:45 this morning.  I had to get up and get ready of course, but because of an issue with my room, I had to be 100% packed so they could move my luggage to a new room.  The bus pick up for Stonehenge was at 5:15.  Needless to say, I'm a bit tired at this point.  But off to Stonehenge.

Yes, I know I've been there before.  That's probably the main reason I didn't take 200+ photos like I did last time.  I did manage to get a few good ones though.  This time I had specifically booked with one of the top rated Stonehenge tour guides, Pat Kelly.  He was great; great enough that he put off going on holiday because he had promised me and one other lady that he'd be leading our tour when we booked.  So yes, because of the two of us, he delayed holiday and led our group.  I definitely want to take the other tour he leads out into the countryside around Stonehenge the next time I'm here. The first photo here is him with the best visual aid ever.  It's a pop up book of Stonehenge.  Simple, but effective.  That should give you some idea of his personality. 

After another short bus ride, we stopped in Salisbury.  Turns out there was a flower festival going on in the cathedral.  It meant you had to pay a bit of a steep fee to enter.  So the tour wasn't going inside.  We did however quickly make our way past the cloister to where they keep the best preserved version of the Magna Carta.  One little document that has given us all so much.

The expensive ticket not withstanding, I decided that Dad would have wanted to see the inside of the cathedral.  So when we were turned loose to explore, I decided it was worth the entrance fee.

For the last bit of time I had in Salisbury, I wandered around just a bit.  I was able to go into another small church not too far from the cathedral.  Some of you may recognize the name attached to it.

Salisbury is a charming little town.  (the best according to our guide who lives there)  Here are a few of the gems I wandered past.

Now originally I had plans to meet up with E & S for drinks, but S was wrecked from the work week and I was pretty tired after a very long day.  So it's about to be off to bed for me.  However, I did manage to have room service deliver a full afternoon tea to my room.

So tomorrow I'll meet E & S at the train station and then it's off to the WB Studio tour.  Harry Potter time!  Then perhaps a little nerd shopping and finally it will be time for Doctor Who!  All in all, it's shaping up to be a great trip!

And for my nerd friends who might not be following me on Instagram.  Here's what #TravelingDean has been up to so far.  He seems to be making the most of it.

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