I always wanted to visit Stonehenge, I missed the chance last visit to UK due to time constraint; and I won’t wanna miss it this time. My sister booked a day tour for me to Stonehenge and Bath.
The tour departed at 8am, on a Benz MPV with another 13 fellas. Our first stop was at Lacock, a beautiful small village… the tour guide told us that one of the Harry Potter movie was shot inside the Lacock Abbey, which I doubt; if it was indeed a major screenshot for Harry Potter, this place should be crowded with tourists.
It took us another hour or so from Lacock to Bath, the Roman city. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents its very unique architectural, most of them are built of limestone, which was originally a bit yellowish (some said golden, but nowadays most of it looks dark due to pollution and aging.
Some great architecture in Bath includes the Royal Crescent…
The Roman Baths…
The highlight is perhaps the magnificent Bath Abbey, built in 1156 is the greatest Gothic church in England, probably one of the most amazing in Europe as well.
Pulteney Bridge with 2 rows of shophouses, walkway and street on the bridge.
Bath was also famous for the canals, which used as the main transportation for the Romans, it is practically useless now other than for tourism purposes.
We left Bath after lunch and headed for the Stonehenge.
The Stonehenge is always one of the most mysterious places for me, it was built since 5000 years ago and being re-modified (can be categorized into 3 phases) until the most recent 1600BC.
There are a number of theories, but nobody really knows who and why they built the Stonehenge. The stones are said to be arranged astrologically but the general beliefs is that it was for worship purpose… yet everything is still mysterious.
The stones are not as gigantic as I expected (still pretty huge), but the feeling of being there was amazing, standing near the circle breathing the day was a marvellous experience.