Avebury is an ancient village in England. To give an idea of its location, think of it as west of London, east of Bath, and north of Salisbury. Avebury is a village built in and around ancient pillars similar to Stonehenge. In my opinion, while Stonehenge is awesome to visit, Avebury is much more interesting because one can walk around the village and touch the stones in the circle. Stonehenge is condoned off and no one can walk inside the stone circle.
The Professor and I had visited Avebury in 2004, but my daughter wanted to see this ancient site. One of her life goals is to visit all the ancient sites on a list she has. Yes, interest in ancient history is a theme in Willow's family.
The first order of the day was LUNCH. Lunch in the Red Lion Pub.
Eleanor enjoyed her lunch, too.
It's always a good thing to kiss the lion.
How can I describe the amazing experience of walking around this place?
The village itself was lovely, even in the rain, or maybe especially in the rain as the misty atmosphere added to its mystery. Wouldn't you love to live in a place like this?
The church and the chapel
And the sheep! There really were sheep grazing everywhere. I wonder if it ever occurs to those sheep that they are wandering around in a famous and aged place, or do they just focus on that next chomp of grass?
But it was the standing stones and circles which delighted and drew us to this place.
This link and this link and this link will describe the history and significance of the stones. There is just too much for me to write, and the official sites do a better job of it. But here are photos of our experience there.
The stones along the ridge way led us to our next adventure...