Non-sequitor

31 Dec

We visited Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral yesterday.  I considered writing up this trip as a ‘day out’ but really, it’s more of an endless grueling drive broken by walking around in serene joyful amazement.  So, is that a day out, really?  More like a life experience for which I think we all deserve recognition from the English Crown, as well as complimentary enrollment in the Marine Corps.  And maybe a bottle of gin.  So, yeah.

Also, everyone on earth has already written about Stonehenge, and more lyrically than I could and with more gorgeous photos than I ever expect to take.  But in one area, I do have something to contribute:

The best book about Stonehenge … ever.

If you hold it just right (I’m still working on it) you get a view of the winter ‘sun’ setting through the sarsens, a sight usually reserved for druids and their friends.

You’re welcome.

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8 Responses to “Non-sequitor”

  1. Jeanne December 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Oh! Thanks!
    We loved the way that, on our most recent trip, we could see the stones as we came over the hill on the Motorway.

    • Monique January 1, 2012 at 10:32 am #

      So dramatic and unexpected, rising up there. I wonder what the stones would say about the changing view over the centuries?

  2. Louise January 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Wow, cool book! Happy New Year!

  3. greatscott3 January 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Cool book. What’s the title? Can you link to it? So jealous you’ve made it to Stonehenge – and…I can totally relate to a horrible drive interspersed with amazing views. Our trip home from Wales turned into a 7 hour odyssey during which Jake and I had to resolve to not talk to each other in order to survive my carsickness, Maren’s shrieking in the back and Jake’s headache from driving on winding roads in the rainy “country dark” night. Ah, the pain we endure to see these gorgeous sights! ha!

    • Monique January 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Just added a link to “The Amazing Pop-up Stonehenge” — great idea, thanks. And sending you sympathy and virtual hot tea as you recover from that drive! “Country dark” — that’s a euphemism for ‘pitch black’, right? AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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