Day 13 of a 14 day trip – one of the best and the busiest. I visited this site in June of 2015 with a student tour from EF Tours (Education First) . I love using this touring company to lead student tours. Anyway – this stop, one of the last on the tour, far surpassed expectations. A bucket list item for years and years, Stonehenge and the surrounding area truly boggles the mind. As you can see from my SMASH BOOK page we did quite a lot on this last day on tour. In fact, because we had ditched the middle school group that had been traveling with us – it may have just been the best day on the tour! I have difficulty in declaring this because I loved every country we visited on this tour (Ireland, Scotland, Whales, England).
I know the photo of Stonehenge does not look any more remarkable than any other photo you may see on the internet, but when I am able to take it myself something amazing happens. Visualization becomes more reality based. I firmly believe in putting the camera down and living in the moment. I encourage travelers to encounter the environment and experience the wonders without looking through the lens (or phone). Still, as an avid photographer, when I look around sometimes all I see is “the shot”. Like this one of the teenager and the horse head at Stonehenge. Why not?
The slide show contains photos of cathedral and smash book.
We started our day in Salisbury with the Cathedral and the a viewing of the Magna Carta. Displays of honor and remembrance of local veterans from WWI and WW II fill the halls and alcoves of the cathedral. Also, a display on a wall (in honor of the language of change) amazed us as the illuminated words and letters seemingly moved to avoid our touch – only to form new words. I profess that words are power daily in my classroom. So, to see this presentation and read first-hand about the Magna Carta felt somewhat cathartic and validating – just plain cool. Amazingly, there was no security surrounding this precious document – not like our own Declaration of Independence. It merely rests under glass in the center of an unguarded room in a small tent protecting it from harsh lighting. It is all very unassuming.
The day’s journey across the English countryside revealed the fields of poppies to me for the first time. So beautiful – and again – unassuming.
We took the Underground to the fictional home of the fictional character and found a real store…221B Baker Street. The statue of Sherlock stands nearby.
Next – we traveled a bit more to satisfy the dream of one of my travelers…visit Abbey Road. My son and I – and the rest of the group – did our very best at trying to recreate the famous Beatles cover as we crossed this very busy street. Our tour director, Steve, told us how annoyed the locals get at the tourists in this spot. I try very hard to be respectful of these types of things, but the heart wants what the heart wants. The white building in the background was then and is still now a music studio. We rode our first double-decker bus back to the hotel for the night. Quite a full day.
If you would like to climb to the top of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy or tour the ruins at Pompeii I would for you to take a look around!
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