This past Friday was a trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury. Stonehenge, built in phases between 3000 and 1000 B.C., includes 500 burial mounds within a three mile radius. The site still functions as an accurate celestial calendar. The stones weigh between 25 and 45 tons and were brought in from 20 miles away before being placed. Also, the stones are buried 1/3 underground. It was an amazing site to see and quite astonishing! If only the stones could talk and tell us what really happened at this location. Lastly, there were two people near the stones who were protesting about it being a tourist attraction. One called himself Uther Pendragon (thats right just like King Arthur) and dressed in druid.
After Stonehenge, we went to Salisbury, a culturally enriched town with many unique buildings and history. We went on a tour at Salisbury Cathedral, a 13th Century Cathedral. It was truly amazing and one can’t help but wonder how these things were constructed so long ago without the technology we have today! Also, the cathedral is home to the Magna Carta, a document which is significant because it helped inspire such documents as the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I like the fact SU offers Fridays trips for students, however, it was like being a marathon tourist. We had about 40 minutes to maybe an hour each at all three things today: Stonehenge, eating lunch and viewing the town on Salisbury and then viewing the Cathedral. It would be nice to have a little more time to stop, but then again we might not see it all in four months!