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Eurotrip. Summer. 2005.

Wiltshire, England |

My favourite parts of visiting Whiltshire were the road trips to Stonehenge, Avebury circle, the white horses, haunted pubs and crop circles!

England is enchanting.

I was excited to visit Stonehenge, it was somewhere that I'd always wanted to visit. It was pretty much exactly what I had expected, except that it was a bit more commercialized than I guess I had anticipated. It rained the day we went, but it was great and put me in awe non the less!

Avebury stone circle is similar in history to Stonehenge, but it's more open to the public, you don't have to pay to get up close and personal and there are no barriers. Being in the middle of the stone circle was amazing and the free roaming sheep were somethin' else!

My Uncle took me out to climb the hills by the infamous white horses. What a site! (might I just add that the landcape in this part of the country is really .. rolling hills and such.) It was gorgeous up there, you could see crops of rape seed and sheep & cows everywhere.. just in these really vast areas, I don't know how they would ever be round up! The white horses are big horses kind of stamped onto the side of large visible hills in Whiltshire. They're somewhat spooky looking and visible from a distance. All different looking and some made of sand and stone. I believe the history behind them is not 100% known.. much like most of the other landmarks in Whiltshire.

Unbelievable part of the country.

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Today I got my first glimps of England. It's similar to Ontario because of all of the aggricultural feilds, but it is much more lush, everything is greener here. The land is all rolling with hills. They grow lots of rape seeds here and they cover the hills in bright yellow. The only thing I found to be quite odd initially was driving on the left side of the road with the driver on the right side of the car. It seems as though we're always going to get clipped by passing cars on these narrow roads.

We took a road trip up to Stonhenge this morning because it was nice outside. That was deffinately a place I wanted to visit before coming. The area has recently been developed into a full tourist attraction. It was quite interesting to look at, since it is all quite inexplicable. There are a few suggestions regarding the purpose of the rocks and their formation. I hadn't realized until today that what remains standing is only a part of what was originally there. Stonehenge has been noted for the past 5000 years. In the big scheme of things, that's not very old. We noticed many burrial mounds all around the area for miles. Leading us to believe it may have been the center of a town. The theory of how the rocks got to this place in Whiltshire is questionable but the primary purpose is relative to the movement of the sun. It rained the moment we arrived until the second we left, but I enjoyed the visit. It was somewhat spiritual just because the concept is unbelievable.

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This morning we drove out to see the stones of Avebury. It's a stone circle that has been around for about a thousand years longer than Stonehenge which is right near by. We went to a church which is the only one in the world located within a stone circle. The pub accross the road is also the most haunted in Brittan. There were many sheep out by the stones but they wouldn't let me get close enough to touch.

Locations Visited: Calne, Avebury, Stonehenge, Swindon

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