Stonehenge, which is located in Wiltshire, England, is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. In the early Bronze Age many burial mounds were built nearby.
I found Stonehenge mysterious and magical. Walking the perimeter of these 13 foot slabs of stone, I was mystify by it's creation, as well as, those that created it. Some say that Stonehenge is too touristy. For me, this is one of the "Wonder's of the World," that I am thankful that I was able to view up close. For more information about this historical site, please click here.
This is a highlight of my tour at Windsor Palace. The timing was right to catch the guards doing their maneuvers as they guarded the Queen.
The Changing of the Guard is a formal ceremony in which a group of soldiers is relieved of their duties by a new batch of soldiers. The Queen's Guard soldiers actually work in shifts of 2 hours each, with 4 hours off, then back on duty. This goes on for 24 to 48 hours.
The Queen was in official residence that day, so the ceremony took place on the lawn of the Quadrangle outside the Royal Apartments.
Standing behind the tall wrought iron gate, it was a great spot to take photos. The soldiers wear their uniforms with pride, but I imagine, the bearskin hats get heavy and hot!
The Romans Baths was quite interesting to visit. Constructed in around 70AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex, the Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Some,170,000 litres of steaming spring water, reaching 46°C, still fills the bathing site every single day.
I Walked on ancient pavements and explored ancient chambers, viewing 2,000 year old artifacts before heading upstairs to taste to the Pump Room to take a sip of the spa water in containing 43 minerals. One sip was plenty!
Bath is the largest city in Somerset, England and quite a beautiful. The River Avon is scenic river that runs through the center city, offering pleasant walking trails along its banks.
The stunning architecture, along with Bath Abbey, I understand why Jane Austen was so drawn to this city.