|Alfred the Great: Successfully defended his kingdom against the Vikings|
and was the only English Monarch to be
called 'the Great'.
|A street in Winchester (close to where Ray dropped his camera)|
Here are some picture and videos of Winchester Cathedral. It amazes me to see the workmanship and intricate details of these beautiful cathedrals. The first is a video of inside the cathedral.
I know the video of the inside of the cathedral was a bit shaky so here are some still pictures. The cathedral has the longest nave and length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe and it is also where Jane Austen was buried.
|Jane Austen is interred here.|
|On our way to Avebury.|
|Just a few of the stones|
|The bank and more stones.|
|Ray and I posing holding the|
Columbus Dispatch's Travel Section
|That white figure in the center is me waving to Ray.|
Avebury did not disappoint me. Unlike Stonehenge, that now has a fence around it...we were able to walk inside the circles and up the huge banks to get a bigger view. There were places where I had to dodge the sheep...and be watchful of anything they might have 'left' on the ground. While at Avebury there was a group protesting Fracking. John, our tour director, told us that this was a place that pagans would conduct ceremonies...and this looked like it might be such a ceremony. Wow! I had to check it out, and soon found myself joining their circle and honoring the four directions, and doing a chant of some sort. The person who seemed to be the leader then started talking about the evils of fracking and then he took a bit out of an apple and instructed each of us to take a bite of it as he passed it from person to person. That is when I beat a quick retreat to the Red Lion where Ray and I had a small lunch.
|I decided to join the anti-fracking ceremony.|
Video of part of anti-fracking ceremony
|I think this is when I decided to leave the group and join Ray for lunch.|
|Resting sheep at Avebury.|
|This guy is taking in the scenery at Avebury.|
|I am trying to not step in sheep doo doo.|
After lunch at the Red Lion, we boarded the bus (we were not late) and headed for Sudeley Castle. That will be my next post.
|Stone Cart Wheel at Avebury|
|Church in Avebury|
|Red Lion Pub|
|Red Lion Pub|