When you hear the word 'Glastonbury', you will most likely think of one of two things. The Glastonbury Festival or the movie Bridget Jones' Baby, which features the Glastonbury Festival. What you will most probably NOT think of is historic Glastonbury Abbey, mysterious Glastonbury Tor and ancient Chalice Well. And where did I hear of these places? Er, I did more than just hear of them, I went ahead and visited them. In January. Of this year.
And why? Aha! That's a good question and it must be on a LOT of people's minds, including Mission Impossible 5 and 6. But that's a story for another day. I went to Glastonbury because mystery fascinates me and if you add religion to mystery, then it is something irresistible, much like dangling a Swarowski necklace in front of an egg-brained Delhi socialite masquerading as a prime-time news anchor. But I digress.
Glastonbury is an ancient town in Somerset, England, about 2 hours' drive away by bus from Bristol. My train pulled into Bristol Temple Meads (what a magical name!) station early afternoon on January 4, 2017. It was a lovely day for January, cold but not forbiddingly cold. And when you are travelling in winter, a hot beverage becomes your new best friend (till April atleast) and takes your mind off the cold oh-so-easily.
The bus to Glastonbury leaves from the main road right opposite Bristol Temple Meads; it travels on meandering Somerset roads, with sheep, farmlands and partridges to keep you company. The roads are narrow and the views terrific. After a short stop at beautifully-medieval Wells, England's smallest town, the bus sets off towards Glastonbury again and this time when it stops, you start to miss the Somerset scenery and wish the drive had lasted a little longer. But no use happily crying over short bus rides, because although it may be late afternoon in the dead of winter and there is no snow on the road, there are very few tourists and the town seems empty. I find my way towards my BnB, dump my bag there and head out into town for a quick meal, since everything will be closed by 7-7.30 pm. Super-excited for the next 3 days, with so much to explore, experience and write about!