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Erin’s Adventures in England: Part I

Erin’s Adventures in England: Part I published on 1 Comment on Erin’s Adventures in England: Part I

Even with all this time doing Shine, I had never actually visited the United Kingdom — until now. In fact, I’m spending a whole month here. And I’ve already gathered enough material to keep this series going well after I get home…

We visited Canterbury Cathedral early on. As far as Christianity is concerned, it’s the holiest site in the UK. Why? Because an archbishop (now a saint) was murdered there. And this was before the Protestant Reformation. This is a religion with a violent streak.

[This cross is six feet tall. That’s a high ceiling.]

Other tourist sites the family stopped at included Stonehenge. Now, here’s the thing about Stonehenge: If you look at photos, it just looks like a big pile of rocks. But if you actually visit it, pay the money to stand in its shadow, it becomes clear that it is, in fact, exactly what it looks like: a big pile of rocks.

[Me in front of the big rocks. How exciting!]

Still, I have to give Stonehenge credit: at least the rocks are still there. This is in contrast to nearby Woodhenge, which is — I kid you not — a bunch of posts marking where the wood used to be.

[Me standing on one of the posts, trying to make it seem more dramatic.]

We did go to some other tourist sites, but I suspect there’s one that you care about more than most, so we’ll get to that next…

Next Week: Cheddar Village!

1 Comment

by Tommygunner70 on Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:25 am

just saw todays special.

and yeah Stonehedge is just a pile of rocks.

But Stonehenge is Britain’s darkest mystery (next to vampires and hellsing if you ask me :P), no-one has yet discovered why this strange prehistoric circle of stone was erected nearly 5,000 years ago.

Want more about Stonehedge? Click here For Wiki

on a side note: why not ask alucard? maybe he knows a thing or two :p

by SailorPtah on Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:30 am

Ah, but do we care?

If there were some suggestion of an interesting reason, sure, I’d be intrigued. It would be tantalizing. But there’s nothing inherently interesting about Stonehenge. It’s just a big pile of rocks. Why? We don’t know. And the conversation hits a dead end at that point.

by RawSteelUT on Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:36 am

One could say the same thing about the Nazca lines in South America, but I still find those fascinating. Stonehenge wasn’t exactly just a random jumble of rocks: there’s a pattern to them, much like the Nazca lines.

by Xuanwu on Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:23 pm

I thought Stonehenge was an early attempt at a calendar, like a sun dial or some such. Any plans to go to Scotland and try some Haggis? šŸ™‚

Oh, and I just remembered a good term to use to describe the powers of Marian and Bubbancy: “sex beam,” courtesy of Pip from vol. 3.

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