For years and decades, I’ve been intrigued and interested in visiting the Druidic ruins of Stonehenge. Similar to the pyramids of Egypt, I’ve always been perplexed at their creation, wondering how you somehow lug a 20 tonne stone such great distances, and then place it 6 or 7 metres in the air, on top of other rocks. It doesn’t make any sense right?
Let’s go back a few years. The stones that are used at Stonehenge are a made from a specific type of rock, only found a reasonable distance from the actual site of Stonehenge, so there’s mystery number one. Mystery two though, what was the purpose of a ring of these stones, tactically positioned and placed, and who used it? I can sort of answer the latter with the best theory – Druid’s and pagan’s seem to be the generally accepted consensus.
Normally at Stonehenge, you are unable to go up to the stones, and have to keep to the footpath, although several times a year at the summer and winter solstice (the longest and shortest days of the year), guests are allowed into the circle, as druids perform their rituals, and give thanks to the world. To be a part of the ceremony (and in such an amazing viewing location) was surreal, and felt like a one off chance. So many people were in the middle just dancing, and singing, and happy. Everybody was welcome, no matter who you were or were you were from.
After watching the rituals for an hour or so, we bore witness to a stunning sunset over the stones, allowing for some exceptional photos. Finally, once the sun had disappeared, it was time for a walk back to the bus, for a two-ish hour return to London.
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