The first site of my tour was to visit the gorgeous medieval city of Salisbury & discover the magnificent Cathedral crowned with the tallest spire in Britain, built by medieval craftsmen back in the 13th Century.
The Medieval Clock was made around 1386 & is probably the oldest working clock in existence. Like all clocks of that date, it has no face but struck the hour on a bell.
Over 5000 years ago, Old Sarum Castle had been occupied & defended in turn by the Romans, Saxons & Normans. After continued conflict between the castle garrison & the clergy, lack of water supply & general overcrowding, the city we know today as ‘Salisbury’ was formed as an alternative city to Old Sarum. I travelled up the Avon Valley taking the back roads to Stonehenge, through the Woodfords, passing thatched cottages with well kept gardens. I’ve heard about the many myths, legends & mysteries of this famous World Heritage Site of Stonehenge & I was really excited & looking forward to seeing it for myself. The journey took 1hr 20mins from London.
The normal Stonehenge tour only allows visitors to observe the stones from a distance, not permitted within the temple complex. For this reason, I opted for the Stonehenge private access tour instead, giving me the opportunity to go beyond the fences & touch the stones, after the crowds have left.
As the sun began to set, I entered the stone circle (normally roped off to the public) for a unique private viewing. As I stood beside the mighty Sarsen rocks towering above me, the guide explained the legends & fascinating history of the stones…
Experts believe that Stonehenge was an astronomical observatory, built under instructions of astronomer-priests who used it to chart the movements of the celestial bodies & draw up calendar for planting, harvesting & breeding cattle.
If the sun & moon were regarded as gods, this would explain the grandeur of a structure that could have served as a religious centre, a place of worship & ritual. Cremated human remains have been found at the site, which might indicate human sacrifice, or possibly the funeral rites of revered leaders. Visit http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/ to read more about the mystifying Stonehenge.
It was indeed the most dramatic & atmospheric way of visiting Stonehenge, a truly unique visit to this ancient sacred site on a private tour. It's definitely more than just a pile of old rocks in a field!
The Avebury Stone Circle is probably the largest stone circle in Britain & the product of over 500 years of effort by Neolithic man. In a newspaper publication, Aliens are being hailed as the builders of the Avebury stones. Apparently the stones are identical to ones on Mars called Cydonia & are arranged in the same formation. I meandered through the countryside to Avebury, passed famous white horses carved into the chalk hillsides & picturesque, tucked away in villages.
Watching documentaries on Crop Circles, I’ve always been bewildered by these strange sightings. This time, I was thrilled to be part of this tour, in search of the mysterious phenomena of Crop Circles which may be in the area.
The appearance of the Crop Circles is always unexpected, unpredictable & largely unexplained. Crop Circles are not a modern phenomenon. They're mentioned in academic texts of the late 17th Century. Since, some 80 eyewitnesses have reported Crop Circles forming in under 20 seconds; cases are often accompanied by sightings of incandescent or brightly-coloured balls of light, shafts of light or structured flying craft. One of the most awe-inspiring aspects of Crop Circles is their mathematical & geometrical integrity such as the Fibonacci sequence & the diatonic ratio. More details @ http://www.cropcircleresearch.com/.
I must admit that I was a little disappointed as I've only managed to spot one Crop Circle. I’d expected more time given or at least be able to go near it to investigate further, but I could only view from where I was seated on the tour bus. Nevertheless, I was glad to be in this little adventure. I will again, revisit the Crop Circles, perhaps on a more comprehensive tour to experience these paranormal sightings.
This magical journey transporting me into 5000 years of rich history was a memorable one, so different from my other shopping, spa & dining trips. It’ll be one that I’ll always cherish & certainly revisit when I get another chance.