The 11th Meeting of the International Society of Flatworm Biologists (bless 'em) took place this summer in Hasselt, Belgium. Looking into airline prices in March, we were pleased to find that, for the amount we had budgeted for the trip, we would be able to include a few days in London first, so we bought our plane tickets, found a London hotel, and planned to visit Stonehenge and as many London museums as we could get to. Looking more closely at our schedule at the last minute, we realized that we had scheduled ourselves into Hasselt a day early, so we made some changes and arranged to spend Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon in Paris.
And people don't think invertebrate biology is a glamorous field . . .
Pictures from Stonehenge, July 23, 2009 -
Diane's father got her interested in Stonehenge when she was a child. (He had visited it when he was stationed in Britain during WWII.) He had a number of books on the subject. (Diane recommends John Fowles' book.)
In high school, Julian and Diane promised each other they'd go there together someday.
It took 37 years, but they finally got there.
By the way, few people seem to know that there are tours that take you inside the stone circle. They are scheduled for early morning or late afternoon, before and after the site opens to the public.