Our private-hire coach picked us up promptly at 8:00 a.m., and we headed out of Central London through heavy traffic initially for Stonehenge in the deserted countryside. The skies cleared completely, giving us a great but false hope. By the time we arrived at Stonehenge, heavy clouds had moved in and a steady drizzle prevailed. The rain overshadowed our time there, but we learned about when and how Stonehenge was constructed and hypotheses as to its purpose…and got our photos. As we left, a heavy squall blew driving rain—we were glad we’d gotten there just in time.
We proceeded to Salisbury and the Salisbury Cathedral where we had lunch, then took a guided tour of the Cathedral. For most of us, at 800-years-old, it was the oldest church we’ve ever been in. A recent, modern addition, has been a very artistic baptismal font that blends the traditional old with the new. After our tour of the Cathedral, we enjoyed free time in Salisbury. On our way back to Central London, we enjoyed Belgian ices and chocolate with chocolate-chip cupcakes and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday!” to celebrate J. Lamb’s 20th birthday.
Photographs, L to R: A-group photo at Stonehenge, B-Salisbury Cathedral, C-baptismal font