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Photo of the Day – The Stonehenge Circle – Wiltshire, UKOn a classically dreary English countryside day, I took a tour out to see what many people talk up as one of the greatest sites in the world, Stonehenge. I believe I had my expectations set and knew that I would not be “wowed” by this site, but was certainly intrigued with what Stonehenge actually was.
For me, my expectations were dead on. Stonehenge itself is nothing that spectacular to actually see. Although it does make for some “cool” pictures, it is really the history behind it that makes Stonehenge interesting. With radiocarbon dating, it is said that the first stone was erected sometime between 2400 and 2200 BCE. For context, this is roughly a couple hundred years after The Great Pyramid of Giza was finished! Regardless, although there are many theories, there are still many questions for Stonehenge. Where did the stones come from? How did they get there? What are they for? Who brought them to this site?
I do love the mystery of this site, but in general, the pure sight of Stonehenge was nothing special for me.
What did you think of Stonehenge? Did I miss something or did you have a similar experience?
Photo of the Day – The Dark Side of The Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, UKThe Edinburgh Castle sits high above Edinburgh and has since the 12th Century. Yes, 900 years ago. The castle has that classic, this-is-what-a-castle-should-look-like feel to it. To me it is the epitome of what I envision a medieval castle to look like.
You may also think the castle looks somewhat familiar due to its influence on the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling did most of her writing of the series in Edinburgh and used many of the nearby historical buildings as influencing subjects in her writing. This of course came out even more clearly with the creation of the movie series.
What are your favorite castles?
Photo of the Day – Largest Single Malt Scotch Collection – Edinburgh, ScotlandI took a trip up to Scotland, specifically Edinburgh, primarily on accident as I missed my flight to Italy from London. It turned out to not be so bad and this was one of the days that spoke to me as truly Scottish. I ventured to what I at first thought might be a tourist trap, The Scotch Museum. The Museum itself offers a combined museum, tasting, and collection viewing which I thought was quite nice!
The picture shows about 1/3rd or less of the actual collection that is housed in the museum and contains XXXXXXX bottles! None of the bottles are opened and not only is the volume itself impressive, but many of the individual bottles were quite unique as well.
The collection is housed in glass cases with classic under-lit shelving. The lighting in the room of the collection is dimly lit adding to the dramatic lighting.
Has anyone else been to this museum? What did you think?