Danny's Summer '06 Study Abroad
Today after class I went on another trip, this time by myself, to Glastonbury and I walked around Bristol on the way back b/c I had to pass through it. Glastonbury had three things to see: the Abbey ruins, Chalice Well, and Tor. The abby was the earliest Christian sanctuary in Britain, legend saying that Joseph of Arimathea brought Jesus there to build the old wattle and daub church. Records show it standing in 600 and the entire church was destroyed in 1184. Glastonbury was an important pilgrimage site, "the second Rome". 3 stone churches were built, and the remains date from 1184-1539 when the Abbey was seized by King Henry VIII. After walking through the ruins I walked to the Chalice Well at the base of the Tor, one of the most famous and sacred landmarks in England's West Country. According to legends, Joseph brought the chalice from the Last Supper to Glastonbury in AD 37. Many think the Holy Grail trail ends here, at the bottom of this natural spring. In the 18th c. thousands claimed that the water from the Chalice Well healed them. After visiting here, I headed to the Tor. Try to read about it on the picture I took of the sign. It was quite a walk up the hill, but once I got up there I got a terrific view of the city and countryside below. Then I was off to Bristol on the way back. Since I had to ride a bus to this city I decided to walk around for 2 hrs before the next train came. I went to 2 places the Cabot Tower and a suspension bridge that connected two gaps. I had to run the last 15 min to make the train, but I got on it w/ 2 min to spare. Another wonderful day trip.