Europe Part 6: Stonehenge & the Bitter End

Missed the previous recaps? Check ’em out:

Part 1: Dublin – Guinness, Guinness & more Guinness.

Part 2: Paris – Seine River Cruise, Adventures in French Cuisine, Creme Brulee

Part 3: Bon Anniversary – My birthday in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysses, the Louvre & Tiffany Pearl Earrings

Part 4: Bon Voyage Paris & English Afternoon Tea – McDonald’s & Wine in front of the Eiffel Tower & Afternoon Tea in London

Part 5: Wicked in Westminster – Wicked on London’s West End, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey

On our last full day in London, we scheduled a morning jaunt out to Stonehenge. We boarded a bus & rode for nearly two hours out into the English countryside to be greeted by one of the most amazing & mystical landmarks:

If you haven’t been before, Stonehenge really is out in the middle of nowhere:

Nothing but farmland surrounds the landmark & it’s actually quite serene. We spent awhile walking the circumference & discussing the various theories associated with its meanings. I believe it’s some sort of religious monument built to worship a deity. But that’s my belief.

We were lucky enough to stumble upon a great little pub near our hotel called Morpeth Arms. It’s a Young’s Brewery Pub established in 1845. They serve a variety of Young’s beers on tap & typical pub food.

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I opted for Steak & Ale Pie with steamed greens & mash:

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Steak & Puff Pastry? Delicious. You can pretty much put anything in puff pastry & it tastes amazing.

I never really got into detail about our hotel in London. In short, it was wonderful. After our small (read: tiny) , boutique (read: old with uncomfortable beds) hotel in Paris, this place was a God sent. We stayed at Mint Hotel Westminster & it was lovely. the staff was courteous & outgoing & the accommodations were superb. I remember how thrilled I was when we checked in, settled in our room & I took a nice, long, hot & steamy shower in the sparkling clean bathroom. That shower was heavenly & probably the best shower of my life (not even exaggerating).

& sadly, that concludes the gist of our trip to Europe. If you have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment & I’d love to discuss further.

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3 responses to “Europe Part 6: Stonehenge & the Bitter End

  1. how treacherously long was the flight there and back? did one way seem to take longer than the other? how did you keep occupied? i would go stir-crazy!!!

    • The flight from Atlanta to Heathrow is about 8-8 & 1/2 hours. On the way there, we left Atlanta at 10:35 PM, so we went to sleep within an hour or two of take off. Thankfully, I was able to sleep a majority of the flight over, so it wasn’t bad at all.

      The flight back, on the other hand, was treacherously long. Still the same time period, but we flew during the day so I was wide awake. During that time, I watched 4 movies on the On-Demand TV at my seat (Bridesmaids, Water for Elephants, Something Borrowed & Just Go With It).

  2. Leah

    Stonehenge is definitely on my “to visit” list. Pretty amazing.
    Also, I’m with you on steak + puff pastry = delish.

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