July 25, 2010

Glastonbury

Yesterday, we went on a day away to Glastonbury, Somerset. The town is not only famous for its music festival but also for its historical sites. Several myths are associated with Glastonbury and King Arthur. The tor is said to be the Isle of Avalon where King Arthur was taken after being mortally wounded by his nephew Mordred. In the medieval abbey, that was one of the largest and most powerful in Somerset, a tomb was discovered in the 13th century with the legend ‘here lies buried the renowned King Arthur in the Isle of Avalon’.

Glastonbury has also been a New Age centre for a long time. My guidebook describes it as ‘hippie central’. Strolling through town gave the impression of being in a world apart, out of time. We visited the Chalice Well, an iron water spring, where people were meditating and paddling in the water that is said to have healing properties.

We had a lovely curry and Somerset cider for lunch, in a café called Hundred Monkeys. There, I was reflecting on food in this country. In France, English food is often regarded as bad food. It’s true that I remember staying in host families during school trips when I was younger, and the food was sometimes barely eatable. But I think things have changed. That’s the feeling I’ve had since I’ve settled in the UK. Lots of people seem to be really interested in good food. I’ve eaten in lots of so nice restaurants and cafés, went to food festivals or ate at some friend’s place, and I have to admit that this is totally different from what I experienced as a teenager on school trips.

I’m not giving you a recipe today, but I would definitely recommend you to travel to Glastonbury if you fancy a day like no other, with legends, witches, peace and love.

Hundred Monkeys Café
52 High Street, Glastonbury
Somerset, BA6 9DY
01458 833 386

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