Welcome to the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The winter solstice kicks off this Saturday, and with it, thousands of visitors from around the world have gathered at Stonehenge — the mysterious standing set of stones dating between 3000 B.C. and 2000 B.C., in Wiltshire, England — to mark the grand astronomical event when the monument aligns on a sight-line pointing to the winter solstice sunset.
Of course, who are we fooling? On Saturday morning, most of us would probably prefer to snuggle up under the covers than brave the gathering crowds at Stonehenge (even if the new $44 million visitors center, which opened this past Wednesday, sounds interesting, with an exhibition that includes a forensic reconstruction of a Neolithic man). We’ll leave it to the druids, pagans and astronomical diehards currently gathered at Stonehenge to fill us in on the grand event, which, on the flip side, ushers in the longest night of the year.
England dominated the sports world this weekend when 2 huge sporting events had their finals: Ernie Els snagged a win at the British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England and a Briton came through to win the Tour de France. But fret not, sports fans, Travel Channel is here to tide you over until that other really big sports event starts: the Olympic Games. Don’t forget, they start this week with all the sports programming you could hope for in the city that everyone can’t stop talking about.
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