Monday, Chris, Michael and I went out to see some sites! Stonehenge was one of my “must sees.” Old Sarum is another awesome Hill Fort, and Salisbury Cathedral was a big and impressive church, and we do not skip those!
Stonehenge was smaller that I imagined from the road, but pretty robust when you get up to it. There are theories that the presence of two types of stone from far and different locations might have been some symbol of uniting different groups of people. (One of many theories of course.) Chris and I were talking and both noted that in a time where there weren’t modern distractions, building great awesome things was not only a good project, but could show how impressive you were to others. I also think people like a challenge. In addition to the stones themselves you can also see the burial mounds and earth berm “avenues” leading to the site. Back at the visitor’s center, there was another excellent museum display, and of course, the gift shop. It was the largest and most commercial so far, but considering the number of people that were there, it made sense. Chris had wisely suggested we get there early, and he was right, since there was a large line waiting for the shuttle bus once we came back from the site.
A short drive away is old Sarum, another hill fort. The remains of the castle of William the Conqueror are there. I am really interested in the stone that was used there, that I have also see place as decorative stone in the villages. It’s got a plain outside, but seems to split so hush at it has a shiny flat center of another color. From the upper wall you can look out and see the outlines of the old cathedral. Very impressive. Poor Michael has been here multiple times, so he was glad to find what he called “Medieval Jenga, on one of the picnic tables, and amused himself there while Chris and I walked around.
After lunch we went to Salisbury cathedral in the town below the fort. It was really beautiful, with alots of light coming in, and a beautiful nave and side chapels. There was also a copy of the Magna Carta there. It’s an very well kept copy and the line that was most striking to me “to no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.” Very forward thinking, fellas.
We finished the day wandering around Salisbury. Michael found some music shops, and Chris and I after a wander found a bakery serving “Lardy Cake” or “Lardy Slice.” Of course we got some, why are you even asking?