Well it seems that for all his comic genius, Eddie Izzard has his facts wrong. For today, we visited Stonehenge – which is, it turns out, not THE BIGGEST HENGE IN THE WORLD. That’s actually nearby Avebury Henge, which does not have as cool a name. It also turns out that both henges predate the Druids by over a millenium. It is in fact one of most complex of the Neolithic British henges, however, with an elaborate design that even today allows it to fucntion as a sort of calendar. And yes, “henge” basically means ‘giant prehistoric circle of rocks’.
Of course, for all its reputation, I wasn’t about to get any real sort of vibe off of it other than “wow, that’s so old it redefines old” – first built close to 5000 years ago, at the dawn-of-civilization. That alone was really impressive, but unfortunately any sort of vibe was ruined by the fact that the site was really crowded with people.
After that, we visited Salisbury, a small town notable mainly for its huge Gothic cathedral, and for what is in it. The Chapter House of the cathedral holds the original Magna Carta: the treaty that King John I was forced to sign, acknowledging that his power was limited and that royal subjects had legal rights, laying the foundation for constitutionalism. This was another thing I couldn’t photograph, but I did get a postcard.