August 7, 2014

1000 Places: Stonehenge

WOW! Stonehenge was the highlight of our day with Vic's Taxi, and it is one of the top experiences from our entire 2-week trip to England! If I had to choose one word to describe the hour we spent here: mystifying. The site of this configuration of stones is dumbfounding, and I feel so fortunate that my mom and I were able to see such an iconic symbol of the world with our own eyes.

Honestly, I was expecting to be underwhelmed by this part of the trip. I had hyped it up so much in my head, and I had so many expectations before arriving that I was sure it would be impossible for Stonehenge to live up to all I had imagined. There was just no way I could be as captivated as I wanted to be. But I was so wrong! From the way Vic drove us to the stones, my mom and I didn't get a glimpse of the site before actually getting there. I believe if you drive there directly from Salisbury or London or take a tour bus you'll see them from the road, but we came from another direction. We got to the visitor center, paid for our admissions passes, and were told to hop on the truck that will take us the couple miles up the road to Stonehenge. As we pulled up to the truck drop-off I was in shock.

The stones are so much bigger than I had imagined. I mean, they were massive, y'all. I was not expecting them to be so big. And the proximity! We got maybe 20 or 30 feet from the stones. I was not expecting to get that close. From pictures I had seen online I thought we would be pretty far from the stones, but again, I was so wrong. The stones were also roped off all the way around the structure. Again, I thought we'd only be able to see one side of Stonehenge, not be able to see it from every angle. Every expectation I had was blown completely out of the water. Truly stunning!

We got to Stonehenge toward the end of the day, so the crowds were much lighter, and the lighting from the sun was perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better moment to experience Stonehenge. This site is a must-see. Absolute must. I wish I could share all the pictures I took, but it's just not possible to post a million pictures in one post, so here they are - 13 random photos of Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is one of those sites that you HAVE to take a picture in front of, even if you look terrible. No matter if your hair is blowing all sorts of directions because of the wind (like ours), if your eyes are closed, if you have food in your teeth, or if you have a stain on your shirt, the picture must be taken, and it must be shared with everyone. I mean, who knows if or when you'll ever be back to take a better photo.

32/1000 places


  1. After all your posts about Vic's, I've been really anxious to read about & see your photos of Stonehenge. So glad today was finally the day! It looks amazing!

  2. So amazing! I was contemplating switching Stonehenge and tomorrow's post and going out of order just so I could end on Stonehenge, but I just couldn't wait that long. Too perfect

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