I guess if you get a chance to travel to England, a visit to Stone Henge should be part of your itinerary. I’m just a normal tourist with a bucket list. A very happy one when this world heritage site was crossed off from the list. However, I was quite surprised that the stones aren’t quite gigantic as I imagined. It’s funny because I’ve always thought it was left by aliens that visited Earth. Blame it on watching too many movies and reading too many books! 😛
I’m lucky I have friends in England and they took us to this place. It did not rain at the time of our visit and it was a very lovely day because the sun was out for about two hours! 😀 Yes, the weather in England is really erratic and I guess not only during winter. So, savor whatever sun you’ll get and hurry with the picture taking before the clouds go dark and rain starts falling. Ha!ha!ha!
If you do plan to visit this place, be prepared to shell out some money for the entrance fee which is about £14.90 (Adult). They have a newly built Visitor Center and from there you’ll take a short bus ride to the site. You can walk if you preferred as it’s not really that far but I recommend taking the bus especially if the weather isn’t too great. Visit their website for more at: http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/
the traveling KANGaroo
It has always been a dream of mine to travel to London since I was a teenager. Probably because of the many books that I’ve read with England as the setting. Whenever someone asked me where I’ve been and even if it’s only at the back of the house, the answer was always: “I’ve been to London to visit the Queen”. Such childish retort that now I can say came true. 🙂
London did not disappoint. Even in the middle of winter time, it was a magical place to be in. World weary travelers may not agree as it’s a densely populated place after all and the weather is not so great. But it has it’s beauty which is solely it’s own. I even enjoyed walking in the rain. I loved that the transportation is great in this city. Our preferred mode of transportation was the bus and we made good use of the Oyster card given to us by friends. For more information, check out: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
Because we stayed for such a short time and it was our first time, we tried the Hop On Hop Off London bus to tour the city. We took the Original London Tour bus because it was recommended by the hotel http://www.theoriginaltour.com but found out that the other one which was the Big Bus Tours had a better schedule http://www.bigbustours.com and more buses. The tour offers a free cruise on the River Thames too which is nice. Check out their individual websites to know more and for discounts or deals.
We were able to experience Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park which was practically a ‘carnival’ with rides, food booths and stalls selling souvenirs. I enjoyed the place even if I was freezing! 🙂 There I saw the ethnicity of the city. So many people from different countries converging in that corner of Hyde Park. Locals, immigrants, visitors enjoying the place together. To check their future schedule and entrance fee go to http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London
Oh yeah, I was able to ride the tube too! Sad to say, I never found platform 9 3/4 where Harry Potter boarded his train towards Hogwarts. Maybe, on my next visit I’ll find it. 😛
P.S. Pardon the photos, weather wasn’t so great to take a lot of awesome pics!
the traveling KANGaroo