Bill's Great UK and Ireland Adventure travel blog

Wells Gothic Cathedral

Really cool painted ceiling in Wells cathedral

Choir & Sacristy of Wells Cathedral

Transepts from 1300s uncovered during remodeling

Model of Glastonbury Abbey as it would have been in 1539

Interior of Lady Chapel at Glastonbury Abbey

Depiction of how Lady Chapel might have looked

View toward where the main altar was at Glastonbury Abbey

Reputed gravesite of King Arthur & Queen Guinevere

Tintagel Castle - Mainland gate & courtyard from ground level

Show how high mainland part of Tintagel Castle is

Part of the walkway to the island part of Tintagel Castle

Great Hall of Tintagel Castle

View from island part of Tintagel Castle

Really steep steps up to mainland part of Tintagel Castle

View from upper part of island castle to mainland part

Walkway from island castle to mainland castle

Let me begin with the topic of food. Several people have asked me about what I am eating, and I believe I have covered breakfast in a previous update. Generally, I have skipped lunch, save for an occasional pasty, which are dough covered contents like chicken & onions, beef & onions, or vegetarian. For dinners, I can say that McDonald's over here is like that in the U.S. or Canada. Okay, I can guess at some "oh gross" expressions on people's faces, and I am kidding except for one or two instances.

Dinner pretty much has been a cross blend of Indian, especially with my brother in Edinburgh, Thai, sometimes a vegetarian plate (but don't want to overdue that), salmon, especially while in Scotland (and looking forward to the same in Ireland), and some varied chicken or beef type dishes. Nothing really jumps out in my mind, but I've been careful with the amount I am spending on food given the amount I am spending on this long a trip.

The next portion of this update is about town/village names again. I can't pass up good ones when I see them. Here is the list for today: Trerathespoon, Washaway, Port William, Pennygilliam, and one more. Before I tell you the name of the last one, you have to be prepared to sing part of a song that I bet almost all of you know. Okay? The last town's name was Looe. So, here we go (and I will use the town name as part of the initial lyrics):

Looe, Looe, oh no

Me gotta go

Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said

Louie Louie, oh baby

Me gotta go

Fine little girl waits for me

Catch a ship across the sea

Sail that ship about, all alone

Never know if I make it home

Now, I bet you won't get that song out of your brain for a while!!!

I stopped in the small town of Wells to see it Gothic cathedral. It's actually called St. Cuthbert's. There are several pictures of the front, interior, and some medieval reredos that were uncovered during remodeling. If you are going through Wells, it is definitely worth stopping.

My first main priority of the day was to see the Glastonbury Abbey in Glastonbury. The Abbey has a long and varied history, dating back to Roman times, and is reputed to be the final resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere. I don't recall ever hearing her called Queen Guinevere, but if he was king, why wouldn't she be queen given that neither was of "noble" birth? Just asking. The Abbey was dissolved in 1539 and became a ruin over time, but one can easily see how immense the main building had been and to appreciate the history that took place in and around the place. Included are pictures of the Lady Chapel, last main section still standing, a view from the Lady Chapel toward where the main altar would have been (see the woman kneeling for a perspective of distance), and the reputed grave site of King Arthur & Queen Guinevere. On the latter, signage at the Abbey indicated that King Edward I (aka Longshanks) and his queen were present in 1191 when the bodies of what was believed to be Arthur and Guinevere were reinterred under a black marble tombstone. What happened after the Abbey ceased functioning in 1539, who knows. Anyway, it's a good story.

Last place I hit was Tintagel Castle on the coast of Cornwall. This is a seacoast castle that was divided into two parts, a mainland gateway and separate courtyard. Then, there is a huge chasm before one gets to the island or headland part of the castle. Both are very high above ground or sea level. The site had been occupied since Roman times, and part of the headland part of the castle dates from the Dark Ages. Richard, Earl of Cornwall, built his castle here in 1230, allegedly in part due to the legendary connection to King Arthur and the place. A long drive, unless you are going further down into Cornwall, it is definitely worth seeing.

Thanks for reading.

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