Friday, May 28, 2010

Much ado about a batu

It took us 9 months and my parents' visit to finally reach Stonehenge.  If my parents hadn't insisted on going there, it would still be the last place that we would visit.  After all, the place is just an hour's drive from Bristol (read:  go to the far away places first :)).

Thanks to the satnav, we were taken down narrow, winding roads through small traditional villages (thatched-roofed house and all), and into vast green meadows.  Sadly, I couldn't take any pictures because I was on the wheels. 

When we reached the place, it was almost noon but the weather was wonderful.  There was a long queue for the tickets.  Yeah, you have to pay to look at the batu... :P.  Luckily, we managed to get in free as we had "English Heritage" cards (thanks K. Fariza!:)). 

We were given audioguides to enable us to listen to information about the place.  The ultimate new age 'tourist guide', you listen to what you want, when you want and how (many times) you want.  Cool isn't it?  What impressed me was that the gadget managed to keep my hyperactive sons occupied, toying with the buttons and listening intently to the commentaries (macamlah faham sangat! Kuikuikui!).  I'm one happy mother!

The batu was ... well ... a pile of stones in the middle of a field.  We can't go near 'em though and can only view from afar.  So tawaf ajelah keliling batu... hehehe!

Some pictures of Stonehenge from different angles ...

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