Wednesday, May 26:  Prehistoric Stonehenge

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Photo 288  A Beautiful Church in Bath
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Photo 289  The Roman Baths of Bath
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Photo 290  Stonehenge!
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Photo 291  A Room in Laycock, Supposedly from a Scene in Harry Potter
Today I was up and ready to go, energized. First I got dressed and stuff, and then went down to the breakfast room, where I had the usual, but it was better than yesterday. We talked to two other people who were staying here, and they were on the same Bizarre Bath comedy tour as us, and remembered Robert. Then we went upstairs and grabbed our packs. Today we were going to some old structures of rock, including Stonehenge!!! We got in the car from the parking lot behind the house, and drove off. After a drive of about an hour, we came to the Stonehenge site. We couldn’t see it yet, but just got out of the parking lot and into the ticket booth. We payed for our tickets, and grabbed the free complimentary audio guides, and went into the underground tunnel to cross the street and fence, and to where it was. We emerged, and saw it! It was just like the pictures, huge rocks piled up like a sundial, with grasslands all around it, which was very pretty. Listening to the tour, we walked along the path, viewing every angle. The guide was very interesting, talking about the stone, myths of why it was built, and the such. When it was over, we went through the tunnel and out again, returned the audio things, and got back in the car.

The next place that was on the list was seeing Avebury, another stone thing, not far from here. 10 minutes later we came to the place, and got out. We were near a field, and we could see the town of Avebury up ahead. Everybody started walking along the path, but saw a little booth for signing up for a charity that gives you free admission to a lot of museums and stuff in the UK and Ireland. We joined, filled out papers, thanked them, and then walked on. A few moments later we were in the town, looking for lunch. I was surprised to see thatched roofs as we walked along, but we suddenly stopped at a pub and walked inside. We went to the restaurant area, and sat down to look at the menu. This was called the Red Lion, and the interior was nice and not smokey. I got the kids menu of chicken nuggets, chips, and baked beans. For a drink I got “lemonade” which is like a Sprite to us. Soon it came, and I ate everything quickly, because I was hungry! The chicken was delicious and tender, and all of the other things were great too. When everyone was done, we got the check and left. Then we walked up through a gate, to start a mile walk along some hills, and the rocks lined around. I don’t remember what these ancient things were, though. It was kinda cloudy, but the view was amazing! Hills were everywhere. As we continued on, there were also a lot of sheep, and they liked to make a lot of noise. Then we came to another gate, which meant that the trail was ended, so we were back in the town. Still staying here, we all walked to a museum to the area. It was only one room, and free, so we just looked around. The things were about who built them, others where they came from, and some when. It was pretty interesting, but like I said, it was over soon.

That was all we had to do here, so we walked back to the car and drove some more. Next was going to the Laycock Abbey, about 15 minutes away by car, which was just what we did. When we arrived, we stopped in a lot, and walked along the road until we got there. It was more of a private home, but nuns used to live there. We walked up to the huge thing, and inside to the first room. There was a nice old man to help us, so he gave Robert and I a quiz that we should fill out as we went along. It was a circle of rooms full of luxury and paintings, some dining rooms, tower rooms, galleries, and bedrooms. I completed the quiz, but got a lot wrong when I checked them at the end. The nice man helped us a lot, and said that he had nothing much to do and would give us a quick tour of the cloisters. We thanked him, and went outside. He led us in to them, and showed us around. He pointed out that some people who built this a long time ago carved crosses in the stone, and we found a few, but then we went on. He showed us a poster that was there that showed scenes from Harry Potter, and that some was filmed here! For a long time people thought that this was where the “snowy Hedwig” scene was shot, but it isn’t. It really was only used in a few frames for some classroom part. Then we walked around it a few times, and we walked back out. We thanked him and he went back in to the Abbey area, and then we walked back to the car. Only then did it start to rain, so we rushed to the car and drove on home.