Really Big Rocks!
We woke this morning to an annoying British telephone as our complimentary wake-up call. About an hour after, we realized that our bodies hadn't quite adjusted to the time difference, but decided to drag ourselves out of bed anyways. We had googled Stonehenge last night and found that the most economical way to Salisbury/Amesbury was by bus. After dressing we proceeded to the front desk of our hotel. We were eagerly greeted by some very helpful and informative staff. Since almost everything to do in Southampton is rather close, we decided to head out on foot again, this time for the Central Bus Station.
We made a quick stop by McDonald's for breakfast and then on to the bus station SB, which is near the Southampton Rail Station, to board a Wilts & Dorset coach, route X7, to Salisbury. The ride was about an hour long and went through some beautiful European countryside. In fact, much of the scenery reminded us of Tennessee. We arrived in Salisbury and immediately went to the ticket counter to purchase a ride on "The Stonehenge Tour" www.thestonehengetour.info. The tour came with an audio guide and educated us on many of the local historical landmarks, which also included Old Sarum. However, our main concern was seeing thos "Really Big Rocks!"
Stonehenge is absolutely an amazing site to see. Pictures really do not do it justice. There is so much history and mystery there! We were able to get close to the stones, however inner circle viewing has been dicontinued. We took plenty of photos of this beautiful site, even though the wind was strong enough to blow the stones over. After marveling at the stone for some time, we preceeded to the gift shop and cafe. We opted for some hot tea and hot chocolate to warm us up a bit before our journey back to the bus station. Of course, I snuck in a fresh shortbread just for the occasion.
Our ride back to the station was just as beautiful as the previous journey. We were nearing the station and apparently wasn't listening to our driver, so we ended up missing our stop. Go figure! :0) However, we made the best of a bad situation and was able to walk through the beautiful towne of Salisbury. There was a farmer's market in progress in the city center, which made our walk (15 min) a fun adventure. We arrived at the bus station just in time to catch the Wilts & Dorset bus back to Southampton.
Upon arriving back in Southampton, we walked to the Mayflower Theatre to pick up our tickets for "Fame." We ate at a beautiful restaraunt that was in an old cathedral. The food was ok, nothing to brag about. After dinner we ventured back to our hotel to rest and freshen up before our show. Before leaving again, we called our first taxi to get us back to the Mayflower, since our feet wouldn't cooperate.
We arrived at the Mayflower with only a minute to spare. The very large theatre was sold out, since this was the opening night of the performance. We had wonderful seats in row 5, front and center! Don't ask me how I managed to get such good seats? Anyways, the show began and we were blown away from the first scene. The show was so energetic and full of wonderful music, song, and DANCE! The finale of the show had everyone standing, clapping, and yes, even dancing... I shall leave Jessica's dance routine for another story. Lol!
Ok, so bottom line... Today was a very good day. We saw a lot and enjoyed every second of it. However, as I set and reminisce about today, I can't help but be reminded that I miss you all. We are such a long way from home and the miles really do make a difference. I pray you are doing well and miss us as much as we miss you!
Tomorrow we set sail on our cruise. I will do my best to keep you up to date with our lives as it happens here in Europe!