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Looe

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  • Day38

    Looe

    October 8 in the United Kingdom

    Today’s highlight was the Eden Project. We left Looe at 9 30 and 45 minutes later, after yet another interesting drive down country lanes we arrived at the Eden Project. Having already read about it in New Zealand we were totally unprepared for what we experienced. We walked down a long path from the car park to see a valley surrounded by bush covered hills with several huge clear coloured domes at the bottom. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit and was established 20 years ago. The photos do not show the scale of the domes but the Eden Project is a global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. Surrounding the domes are beautiful gardens but it is the inside that is so impressive. The rainforest biome was absolutely amazing with several levels of walkway, numerous gardens, interesting sculptures and walkways, some interesting birds, a waterfall and the most amazing smells and temperatures of a rainforest. The second biome was a Mediterranean one and featured a huge variety of plants along with more interesting gardens, walkways and sculptures. The whole focus of the project is to educate people about the importance of plants to the world and how the world may look in the future. The third area of the project was the The Core which was a building used for education, but which also housed two amazing sculptures, one a permanent installation entitled Seed, which was a 70 tonne egg-shaped stone installation standing some 13 feet (4.0 m) tall and displaying a complex pattern of protrusions that are based upon the geometric and mathematical principles that underlie plant growth. The second was a sculpture named Blue. Measuring nearly nine metres tall and firing out vapour rings, it is thought to be the world’s biggest ceramic sculpture.The spectacular structure contains 32 cannons which project scented vapour rings into the exhibition space. It was truly amazing, as was the reaction of a large group of school students who were trying to catch the vapour rings as they floated by. The Eden Project is truly worth a visit. Our afternoon was spent in Polperro just 10 minutes from Looe. It was a tiny fishing village famous for its smuggling history, and although the day was very grey and many of the shops were closed because it was Monday it was still a beautiful place to visit and wander around. We arrived back at the cottage for a rest before heading into the village for dinner at a lovely wee restaurant overlooking the harbour. Our meal was lovely and we wandered slowly back to Clara’s Cottage for our last night in Looe.Read more

  • Day36

    Looe

    October 6 in the United Kingdom

    A lovely relaxing day in Looe. After all the driving yesterday we decided to stay put today and not use the car at all. We slept in before heading off on a lovely slow walk around both sides of the tidal river which splits Looe in half. Even though it was grey and spitting it was still warm enough and we stayed dry. The shops were so interesting and there so many more of them than we realised last night. There were heaps of little cafes and bakeries, mainly specialising in Cornish pasties and many gift shops all with a nautical theme going on. There were also several very nice farm shops so we gathered more delicious bits for our dinner. We stopped for the loveliest lunch at a gorgeous little tearooms called Miss Marples, where we sat upstairs overlooking the street. We continued exploring the far side of the river until we spotted the ferry ride for 50p each. We climbed aboard a little boat and had a ride the 200m across the water to the side we are staying on. We then wandered up our street to the cottage. At 4pm we walked back with the sun coming out, into town, this time on a mission- to find the only bar in town showing live sport as the All Blacks were playing South Africa. It was pretty rough and we entered through a door at the back of a narrow alleyway, but we settled in to watch one of two televisions showing sport. To our dismay there was no sound and instead we were listening to a soccer programme on the other TV, even though we were the only people who had come in wanting to watch something. We left at half time very frustrated and walked home. We made a detour into the oldest pub in Looe which is at the bottom of our street and ended up spending almost two hours there chatting to a lovely couple from Somerset. The disappointment of the rugby was forgotten as the atmosphere of this pub was so lovely, even with the barking of a badly behaved dog in there, and we really enjoyed comparing our lifestyles on opposite sides of the world. We then headed home for a lovely platter of food and some TV. Looe is a beautiful spot- so pleased to have chosen it for our last stop and the cottage is wonderful. Just so comfortable and cosy and everything we need. Only hope we don’t get a parking ticket as not sure we are really parked inside the yellow lines. Would probably still be in the car though if we were any closer to the house!Read more

  • Day35

    Cardiff to Looe

    October 5 in the United Kingdom

    Another day of huge contrasts-both in scenery and in our moods! We breakfasted at the lovely Raddison Bleu hotel and set off towards Cardiff Castle. By chance we came upon Cardiff Arms Stadium, to David’s delight. We carried on for what seemed a short distance to view the castle from its gates. We then spent the rest of the morning retracing our steps from last night and David did some good shopping in House of Fraser. The shops were lovely, especially the huge John Lewis department store which really was lovely. We had lunch at Wagamamas and it was delicious. We then collected our bags and caught the bus out to the airport, all of which went smoothly. We arrived at the car rental office to spend a most frustrating hour waiting for service by a very incompetent worker and the whole place seemed so disorganised. An hour later we finally left for Looe. Our GPS said we would arrive at 6 30 which was a three hour trip. However the traffic from the spectacular Severn Bridge was horrendous until it was barely moving. We were in queues of traffic for at least an hour with huge trucks and cars converging from all directions. We realised that the big intersection of roads south and to London was the issue and it was Friday afternoon. Goodness knows where everyone was going! Worst traffic we have stuck and we were yet to face the later challenge of very dark, narrow winding roads as we followed the GPS to Looe. Even then there seemed to be a lot of traffic and everyone was driving with their lights on full as it was like driving through dark tunnels created by trees over the roads. We were exhausted by the time we got to Loee at 8 15 and we then had a bit of a mission finding Clara’s Cottage. However we were rewarded with the best B and B yet. It is the cutest little two storey cottage up a very steep street. It has all we want, even a welcoming hamper! We were starving so left for the walk back into town. As the town is on two sides of a river we crossed the bridge and dined at a small pub there. The manager gave us some tips on things to do in Looe and by dark it all seemed very cool with lighting along both sides of the river. We look forward to seeing it in the daylight.Read more

  • Day37

    Looe

    October 7 in the United Kingdom

    A beautiful day exploring Cornwall. We headed off after breakfast on our 90 minute drive to St Ives. It was a beautiful sunny morning and the drive was lovely, especially once we left the motorway and were on the very narrow country roads. The overhanging trees formed tunnels for us to drive through and the dappled light through them made them even more spectacular. St Ives was the first of three seaside towns we visited and all were quite different. It was the biggest and many tourists and their dogs were out on the lovely sandy beach, enjoying the sun. We spent about an hour wandering around and wished we could have longer. Our next stop, Padstow, was 30 minutes away. A wrong turn meant we weren’t following our original route and instead took us down some incredibly narrow and rustic roads, definitely not designed for cars. We were grateful not to meet any! We had booked lunch for 1pm at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. It was a real (expensive) treat. The food and service were outstanding and the atmosphere in the restaurant busy, but relaxed. My Indonesian Seafood Curry and David’s Dover Sole were both divine and the starter and main were totally enough. We left the restaurant to stroll around the lovely harbour, which was much smaller and quieter than St Ives. Again there were dogs everywhere, all very well behaved. We even noticed a shop with a dish of water at the door which said “ dog pub” ! We cannot believe how many people have dogs in England and how well trained they are. As well everywhere including pubs and shops is dog friendly and they are simply everywhere. After leaving Padstow we carried on for 30 minutes to Port Isaac. The parking was at the top of the cliffs and we set off walking down the steep streets towards the harbour. It really was a wow! moment seeing the harbour for the first time from up on the cliff. It was so beautiful. As we headed down we stopped in at a very cute little cafe for a coffee. We realised we were actually in one of the Doc Martin locations which was confirmed by the Doc Martin brochure and map on the table. We got chatting to the owner who was able to tell us that doc Martin is filmed in Port Isaac every year for 16 weeks at a time and that she herself had been an extra. All very interesting and her photos of the filming were around the walls. We carried on down to the harbour where we were able to locate several more locations and where we took many photos as it was all so beautiful and interesting. We returned with a steep climb back up to the car park, feeling we had really walked off our lunch. The drive back to Looe was an hour, again very scenic. We called in at the oldest pub for a drink before returning to the cottage and eating some left overs for dinner. A wonderful day out.Read more

  • Day12

    Looe & Polperro

    June 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Up early and a big cooked breakfast a 8.00. Walked the cost path to Polperro stopping at Talland for a milk shake. Walked around Polperro; cream tea; fresh mussels; and posted Kai's card. Bus back to Looe. Drink at Ye Olde Salutation Inn; quite a few more at the Bullers Arms; then the best ever fish dinner at the Old Sail Loft restaurant - but couldn't pay as had left the credit card at the hotel. Nightcap with Donna & Dave and a few other guests.Read more

  • Day16

    Warrington to Southport

    June 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Lovely morning with Paul & Jo til lunchtime, then off to Southport. Paul Harris just as I remember him and Margaret a lovely person. Drive in to town and a pleasant walk around & on the pier. Couple of pints in a Weatherspoons pub then back home for a delicious meal; lots of drinks; lots of chat; and taking turns with the music via Napster. Bed around 2.30am.

  • Day17

    Southport to Edinburgh

    June 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Breakfast with Paul & Margaret then set off on our longest drive so far to Edinburgh about 10.30. Few stops at the 'Services' & hit Edinburgh about 4.30. Check in wasn't until 5.00 so decided to have a drive through the town - big mistake as we got a bit lost and ended up down Princes Street driving along the tram tracks. Checked in then a few drinks & dibber at the Salisbury Arms. Early night given our last two late ones.Read more

  • Day18

    Edinburgh

    June 18, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Huge day. Breakfast a 8.00 then after our morning 'communications' session got a bus in to town.Walk through Princess Street Gardens, then 2.5 hour walking tour around the Old Town. Then a visit to the Castle followed by a walk down the Golden Mile. Then, perhaps foolishly decided to climb Arthur's Seat. Must have taken the longest and most arduous route as finally made it to the top. Easier walk back down; drink in the Salisbury followed by a great Indian around the corner. Walk back to the B&B absolutely shattered.Read more

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