So I just got back from a 3 week trip through Ireland, England, and a quick visit to Amsterdam. Oh so much to update on, but I thought I’d start at the very…middle (a very good place to start) with a visit to an alien village. AKA Stonehenge. My wonderful British tour guides Phoebe and her mom Fleur had never been to Stonehenge either which is crazy! Although in their defense apparently you used to be able to see Stonehenge from the road so a lot of people would just drive by it and behold the wonders of a 5000 year old prehistoric monument from the comfort of their air conditioned car.
Anyway, if you’re anything like me then you’ve obviously seen pictures of and heard of Stonehenge, and know that is has a mysterious past but that’s about the end of it. After going through the visitor’s center it becomes clear that…there’s still a big mystery about the place. While experts are pretty sure it wasn’t built by aliens, the jury is still out about who and why it was built. The coolest thing is that the stones line up with the sunset during the winter solstice and the sunrise during the summer solstice and that obviously didn’t happen by accident. But what these ancient astronomers were doing during these yearly events is anyone’s guess.
My mom told me that when she went in the 1970’s you could go right up to the stones and touch them. Many years of tourists touching the stones and even breaking pieces off as souvenirs has caused the Heritage Society to create a path around the outside of the stones so you can’t get too close (I’m assuming my mother was one of the rowdy guests who almost knocked the stones over). However, from pretty much every angle you can get a great view of them and you can almost always find a direction to face to get the many many tourists out of your photo. During the summer and winter solstice they have ceremonies and allow guests to walk amongst the stones, so guess I’l just have to back for a casual sunrise ritual to see what they feel like for myself!
I think it was definitely worth going to. The visitors center alone provided a ton of information about the history and architecture including some pretty detailed descriptions of how the stones were shaped to fit together. One of my favorite things was that the visitors center showed a bit of a timeline of what was going on in other parts of the world while Stonehenge was being built. Not being a history buff myself I find myself constantly shocked at what historical events were taking place around the same time, so this is always a cool detail for me. So tell me, have you ever been to Stonehenge? Do you think aliens built it? I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure that’s the most plausible explanation.