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Love all the Stonehenge pictures, but it makes me laugh a little as here in Virginia, we have FOAMhenge. That's right, a styrofoam replica of the real thing!! VERY kitschy, to be sure. It's in a rural area, so the fields are green and rolling. Just like the real one. NOT!
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Love all the Stonehenge pictures, but it makes me laugh a little as here in Virginia, we have FOAMhenge. That's right, a styrofoam replica of the real thing!! VERY kitschy, to be sure. It's in a rural area, so the fields are green and rolling. Just like the real one. NOT!
Oh my goodness, if we ever get out that way, we'll definitely have to check that out!
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Sunday 30 November – part four: I don’t think you’re going to move that…

When we were done in the shop, we headed out to see the replica they had of the village that they believe the builders of Stonehenge would’ve lived in. It was interesting to see, but in all honesty, there just wasn’t that much to see here, which was a shame. You couldn’t actually go inside any of the huts, which I thought was a shame.



They had a woman here weaving baskets, and she explained to us that everything she was using had come from local hedgerows, which was good to hear, and she was working on the bottom of the basket to strengthen it up as much as possible.



Then Mark had a go at moving one of the stones, although don’t worry this is only a replica…



As you can see, he didn’t do a very good job of it, and of course, that’s the aim of this, to show people just how tough it was to move these things. How the heck they did it all those thousands of years ago is just completely beyond me….

Then we went inside to see the new exhibition on Stonehenge, and very impressive it was too. You could see that they’d spent a lot of money on this, and it showed. It was excellent.



There was also a fascinating exhibition looking at Stonehenge during World War I, given that it’s the centenary of the outbreak of this war, but sadly you couldn’t take photos in here. The person who owned Stonehenge lost his son and heir in the war, and that’s the reason he then gifted it to the nation, so actually from a terrible family tragedy, thank goodness something good came out of it.

It was also interesting to read about all the soldiers who were garrisoned here during the war, and also how many army barracks etc. there still are in this vicinity, something Mark had commented on during our journey here.

With that, we headed over to the café to get a hot chocolate, which was just what I needed. I used the restrooms here, and I was really shocked that there was only one disabled toilet and one unisex one in here, but of course there were more toilets outside just by the entrance. You certainly couldn’t survive on just two toilets somewhere like this.

When we left, I had to snag a photo of the car park – look how busy it is! And the coach park was pretty busy too – it’s actually located further away from the entrance than the car park, which we found interesting.



As we headed out, the army were on the move – see I told you, they were everywhere here…



As you can see, it was a much better day now, and the early morning mist had now disappeared.



There were still some vibrant colours in the trees as well, which is always lovely to see.



When we got to the M25, the traffic going the other way was awful. Thank goodness we weren’t in that…



However, a few miles on, it was looking a lot better…



Soon we were back in Kent, and get ready for some of the worst bovine and furball (sheep) photos ever….



And before we knew it, we were back home, having enjoyed a wonderful weekend away. And the best bit? We’ve got another weekend away ahead of us – starting in just six days’ time…

The weather today was very misty in the morning, with some sun later on and temperatures in the low 50s.
The best thing today was seeing Stonehenge.
The worst thing today was how misty it was first thing.
The funniest thing today was Mark trying to move one of the “stones”!
Today we tried exploring the new visitor centre at Stonehenge
And the result was we were very impressed with it.
The most magical moment today was the sun poking through and suddenly seeing Stonehenge bathed in its rays.
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Great pictures from the visitor's center! How great you decided to stop on your way home, as it looks like you had a great time!

Thanks so much for taking us along for the ride!
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Thanks for the pictures of Stonehenge. I've always wondered how they build it back then.
Stuff like that amazes me too. The engineering that went into constructing it would be a struggle for us now with all the modern technology we have.
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Thanks for this TR, Cheryl. I got to see beautiful pictures and learned that Stonehegde is not in Scotland after all
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The chinese latterns at night were just amazing and you got fabulous shots of them. So vivid and sharp! That would be amazing to see.
I am so glad you stopped at Stonehenge. It always facinates me but I don't know a lot about it. I was reading all the little signs you took pictures of. Truly beautiful and so interesting.
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The chinese latterns at night were just amazing and you got fabulous shots of them. So vivid and sharp! That would be amazing to see.
I am so glad you stopped at Stonehenge. It always facinates me but I don't know a lot about it. I was reading all the little signs you took pictures of. Truly beautiful and so interesting.
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What a wonderful weekend, loved the lanterns all lit up, so beautiful. Also glad that Mark finally turned up after losing him.

Dinner looked very yummy at the pub and glad that the pub noise did not both you much but I think as you said the wine would of helped even if it had gotten a bit rowdy.

The pictures of Stonehenge are beautiful, love the play of the sun against the stones. Just amazing. The exhibit looked really interesting.
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The pictures of Stonehenge are beautiful, love the play of the sun against the stones. Just amazing. The exhibit looked really interesting.
It's excellent and I think does an amazing place justice.
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Enjoyed your photos of Stonehenge and enjoyed the background history of the place! Those thatched huts that some of the workers at Stonehenge lived in reminded of those I saw in Ireland at an archaeological site I visited!
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What a great short trip! I'm amazed at the variety of animals that they have at Longleat! The Chinese lanterns were gorgeous, especially when they were lit up at night! I'd love to see something like that. Thanks for sharing another wonderful TR!
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My Previous TripsMarch 1989 - offsite; April/May 2002 - Coronado Springs; March 2003 - All Star Movies; May 2003 - offsite; July 2003 - Port Orleans Riverside; April/May 2006 - Port Orleans Riverside; September 2007 - All Star Sports; August/September 2008 - All Star Movies and Pop Century; June 2009 - Pop Century; August 2010 - All Star Sports & Disney Wonder; June 2011 - All Star Music; April 2012 - Disney Fantasy; April 2013 - Port Orleans French Quarter; August 2015 - Disneyland offsite; April 2017 - Coronado Springs; December 2017 - Old Key West
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