March 13th: London, Salisbury, Stonehenge and environs

Seth’s decided the bus tour to Stonehenge is a little too pricey at about $75 a head (although the price of renting a car and filling up the tank is higher), so I go and meet up with the tour and my friend Monica, who’s traveling with her friend Dawn. We get in a van that seats about 15, and head out of London. There’s a lot of traffic going both directions that clears up about 30 minutes out. Our first stop is Sarum where ruins stand from an ancient castle (first occupied over 5000 years ago). It’s interesting, but there are strong winds in addition to it being cold, and we don’t stay long. Next is Salisbury Cathedral, some spectacular windows inside and one of four existing copies of the Magna Carta. I also wander into Salisbury to look at St Thomas’s Church (first built in 1219, featuring the Doom Painting).

Next up is lunch at a pub in the Woodford Valley, where I had egg, ham, and chips and Toadfeet bitters. Stonehenge is next, and it’s too bad it’s windy and cold, because it would have been nice to stay out there longer. The final stop is Avebury, the largest stone circle in Britain, but kinda disappointing after Stonehenge. We go back into London, where we had reservations at the extremely hard to find Gaucho Grill (so difficult that Seth who was supposed to meet us there, gave up after an hour of searching). They served Argentinean beef, and I had an incredibly tasty ribeye (for future reference, it’s under the J.D. Wetherspoon’s – Knights Templar on Gracechurch Street).

[Originally published at GoHither.Net]