Europe 2014 · Vacation

A Day Seeing Unknown Things White Horse Hill & Stonehenge, Avebury Stone, Silbury Hill.

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Avebury Rocks

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Even though we didn’t get on the road very early, we still packed a lot in. At Whitehorse Hill was a larger than life horse on the hill made out of chalk that was made before the romans. The horse is so large you can’t really see it when you are right there, its best seen from the air or from afar. No one knows exactly what it was for.

At Whitehorse Hill, we hiked to the top of the hill so we could get a good family picture.  We were waiting to take a picture in front of the part nearest us (the eye), when a man and his wife proceeded to get out a large group of teddy bears from a special bag and arrange them ever so tenderly, all around the horses eye. Then, after much arranging, the couple and bears were ready for their photo shoot. What an odd thing.

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Kate at Silbury Hill

Next, we traveled to Silbury Hill. This hill is the largest manmade hill in Europe, made an estimated approximately 2400 BC to 2300 BC. Visitors used to be able to walk to the top of it, but were wearing it down so it is now closed to walkers and must be viewed at a distance.

Avebury was the next stop of the day. Around 3000 BC, the rocks of Avebury were arranged in a large circle. No one knows how the rocks got there, as some of them are made from stone 500 miles away.

Stonehenge – the world’s most famous rock group, and one of the seven wonders of the world.   My Grandfather told me that when he first went to Stonehenge, visitors could drive right by the stones, and then walk amongst the stones.  However now, you have to book a ticket, wait in a line for a tram, and then shuttle to the stones. The car park cannot be seen from the stones. The closest you can get to the stones is about 50 feet away. It’s amazing to think how these ancient people got the stones to the location, in place and on top of each other. On the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, the light from rising sun shines directly and perfectly through the stones. photo 3-2photo 2

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