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Monday, 28 June 2010

Hanging Around in Salisbury

The very reason I took a journey to Salisbury was to visit the legendary Stonehenge. So, I bought a return train ticket which made my wallet £29.50 thinner.

The journey took around one and a half hour, passing Basingstoke.

Immediately after I have arrived at Salisbury train station, I bought another return bus ticket to the Stonehenge, costing me another £17.50. Fortunately, that included the entrance fee.

After spending a few morning hours at the Stonehenge, I returned to 'The city in the countryside' to have a proper lunch. I ordered a cottage pie at Market Inn and it was quite nice.

I spent the rest of the afternoon roaming around the historic streets and alleyways looking at the charming half-timbered buildings. This felt like being brought back to the medieval time.

The Poultry Cross marks the point where poultry trading took place some five hundred years ago. This is the only remaining stone cross in the Market Place.

I also went to see the dome painting over the Chancel Arch of St. Thomas's Church. It is the largest of its kind in England. It was done in around 1475 but was white-washed over, only to be rediscovered and restored in the 19th century. This painting depicts Jesus sitting before the New Jerusalem, raising the good to heaven and sending the bad to hell.

After seeing the dome painting, I kept on exploring the streets of Salisbury to see more interesting buildings.

My last stop was the Queen Elizabeth Gardens which is a nice place for a morning or evening stroll.

Before I left Salisbury, I saw something funny, a painted roundabout! This has got to be the world's smallest roundabout.

The main highlight of Salisbury is actually the Salisbury Cathedral which I will talk about in another upcoming post. Please stay tuned!


stan said...

I miss the English countryside. I suppose U travel a lot??

CK Ng said...

Hi Stan, I don't travel a lot but only once a year on average.

Jon Storey said...

Welcome to Britain. Apologies for the British transport system and the food!

We have lots of these mini roundabouts, which work surprisingly well on our small and often ancient roads.

stefan said...

nice done great job.

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