If you are a bookworm, a dreamer and a romantic soul then you have, at some point, come across the work of three exceptional women: Emily, Charlotte and Anne. The Bronte sisters. Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are probably the most famous and acclaimed novels; with the ever present secrets and murkiness of Yorkshire moors, there is nothing more appealing than a good book and a cup of hot tea on a gloomy, English afternoon. Well, there isn’t unless you are only one hour away from the house where the talented sisters lived and worked: Haworth.
Haworth is a quaint, little village with some breath-taking views of the moors. Probably never sleepy as the Bronte Parsonage Museum attracts a steady flow of literature lovers every day, it is a perfect place to enjoy a little walk, a quick coffee and lunch. The pivotal point in the village is a little square and there is everything you need: The Cabinet of Curiosities, that used to be a pharmacy in the Brontes’ times, a sweet shop, a post office, a vintage boutique and a couple of cafes. There are plenty more charming small shops and cafes down the cobbled street. Before we wander off, let’s just step into The Cabinet of Curiosities…you know I had to…I was curious!
When you step in the shop, you might think you are taking a little step back in time. It might be the overpowering smell of bath salts that permeates the air…or maybe it’s just magic. The shelves are full of various cosmetics, bath bombs and decorations. Every nook and cranny is filled with a strange concoction of beauty products. The black raven (not real!) near the cash machine, old cabinets and potions behind the glass- you have no choice but to emerge yourself into the atmosphere of Haworth.
Ok, so there is time for a quick stop in a sweet shop (resistance is futile!) and then you can start marching down the street. Turn left and it will take you to the train station. Even if you’re not a train enthusiast (count me in!), pay 50p (use of the toilets is included in the price) and stroll on the platform. With dark red signs, vintage boards and handwritten timetables, it is extremely appealing. Even more so if it is a steam train weekend and steam punks ascend into the village!
Once we bid farewell to the travellers, it was the time to head to the Brotne Parsonage Museum. Located behind a church, it became a home to this famous family in 1820. Only one year later Mrs Bronte died and four years later the two younger sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, passed away too. The father, son, three sisters, and their aunt who came to look after the young family, lived and created in Haworth in their very short lives. The museum exhibitions showcase the glimpse of the life in Haworth: furniture, clothes, books, the very table at which Wuthering Heights was written. The one thing that shocks you is the realisation how young the sisters died! Anne, aged 29, Emily, 30, Charlotte, 38. Yet, although the flame of their lives was blown out so quickly they all managed to create something that would bring them fame and live in people’s hearts for centuries. Live fearlessly. Passionately.
What I need to do more- explore what’s just round the corner. You don’t always have to travel far to discover something exceptional and inspiring. England, here I come!