Saturday, 16 March 2013

Avebury, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral

Today was our first saturday field trip! Our first stop was Avebury, which is another rock formation built by the same people as stonehenge, but is a little different and the overall formation is much bigger. This, actually was my favorite stop of the day! I loved it because we were all able to stand right next to and even touch the formations! We also had the nicest weather here. After our tour form Dr. Champmann, David, Kelsey and I had English Tea with him at a cafe and it was delicious! It was also nice to just have a conversation with him. We also toured an old country church here, which was quite old and beautiful, yet much different than the bigger city churches of it's time.

Our next stop was stonehenge. It was amazing to see this in real life, rather than on a poster or text book. It was a bit disappointing how far back they restrict people, but we were still able to walk on a path which circled the entire structure. It is crazy how there is really nothing actually known about these formations, other than that they were probably made 5000 years ago. We did not stay here very long because a frigid rain storm approached just as we had circled the structure.

Our last stop of the day was to see the Salisbury Cathedral. The spire of the Cathedral reaches 404 feet high! It is massive! Dr. Champmann asked David (because he is the tallest person in our tour group---[surprise...]) to run next to the Cathedral while we stood back so we could see how tiny he looked against it! Inside the church is the oldest working clock in the world, it dates back to 1386. There is also an original copy of the Magna Carta (written in 1215).

After this I was so tired I slept most of the bus ride back to Oxford- but it was quite an amazing day!

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