This past weekend ONeill and Carol and I traveled to Salisbury in order to see the Cathedral and Stonehenge which is just a few miles outside the city. (You can visit Carol’s blog for an alternate and much lengthier accountinflatable backyard obstacle challenge.) The Cathedral was very impressive (I especially enjoyed the cloisters) and we were also permitted to view one of the original copies of the Magna Carta Sportspark60, which dates from 1215!
Next we took a tour bus to Stonehenge where we experienced the ancient site. Stonehenge originated in the Neolithic period and dates from 3500 BC until 1500 BC (as the circular mound was carved out earlier and the stones placed later in its history). As you know, there are many myths and legends about the famous henge, which does invoke a sense of mystery and awe in the viewer. To this day historians and archeologists are divided on the purpose and meaning of the site, although a location of religious importance, a kind of calendar keeper, and a burial site/monument have all been posited. However, there are also many fantastical explanations. Some of my favorites include: the stones were flown/magicked there by Merlin (possible since they did come from Wales, the most likely historical location of King Arthur’s court), they were beamed there by aliens (unlikely since they are contemporary to the Pyramids, so we know the aliens were busy in Egypt at the time) and that they were built by the Druids (impossible, since the Druids came hundreds of years later). We certainly didn’t solve the mystery, but were content to soak it in and try and capture it on film.Tente gonflable maison