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Penzance Wet Dock

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    • Day 9

      Goodnight from Penzance!

      June 26, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 64 °F

      I enjoyed a “summer G&T” at my hotel then walked thru this lovely pathway to The Bakehouse for a fine dining experience- blue cheese with roasted pear salad and grilled hake with local seasonal veggies- Yum! I’ve successfully defeated my anxiety over eating out alone!! On the way back I strolled thru this beautiful quirky park - Penlee, it even has an outdoor theatre! And my Epsom soak once back at my hotel was divine🥱😴Read more

    • Day 22

      Cornwall

      May 19 in England ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

      “Travel turns us into the worst version of ourselves while convincing us that we’re at our best.” - Agnes Callard
      Our alarms rang out at 0450, 5 minutes after we had awoken. The things we do. Bracing walk to the bus station. Nice ride to the airport. Easyjet flight to Bristol was punctual, quick and comfortable. Couldn’t find the hire car desks because, like Heathrow, you catch a bus. We skilfully managed to be last onto the big and crowded bus hence first to the Hertz desk. The car is a Hyundai i20, MUCH bigger than our previous one. We can actually fit all our luggage into the boot. It’s a 3½ hour drive into Cornwall to Stewart and Hilary’s house, Westacre, at Germoe, not far from Penzance. You actually pass Exeter and Launceston on the Tamar River. These names have been reused where we live. We took a lot longer than the 3½ hours with morning coffee and a really nice lunch at the Arundell Arms Hotel. Warm welcome when we arrived at Westacre. Haven’t seen our hosts since 2017. Lovely house and garden. Fairly tired tonight; it’s been a long day.
      We filled the 3 night visit with a number of activities in the area. Hadn’t been to Cornwall since 2007 so it was lovely to re-acquaint ourselves with the coast and the quaint old towns with many heritage stone buildings and pavements made of granite blocks. Had a good look at Mousehole not far away. Cornish takeaway lunch in Newlyn. Traditional Cornish pasty followed by ice cream (with clotted cream) for Tony. Then we went to Penzance where we had a good look at the lugger ‘Happy Return’ – built in 1905. Stewart is heavily involved with sailing and maintaining her. She has a dipping lug sail on the mainmast and a standing lug sail on the mizzen. Takes a well-coordinated team of 4 people to tack the mainsail. Celebratory bubbles in the early evening to celebrate Ursula’s birthday. Hard to believe, but the last time we visited here, in 2007, it was Tony’s birthday.
      We had a really tasty evening meal at 45 Queen Street [https://www.45queenst.com/], a big, open-space, new and edgy restaurant. Many unusual features like paying at the same time as you order, at the counter. Our smoked mackerel paté arrived with our seafood linguine. Waiter: “We don’t do starters”. Next time we will modify our ordering method. It was actually a very enjoyable dining experience.
      We visited Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens not far away the next day. Hillside gardens with many both familiar and exotic plants and trees. Interesting artworks scattered among the plants with many small spots with great views out to sea featuring St Michael’s Mount. Yet another delicious meal, this time in the sunny courtyard of the garden’s cafe.
      Tony did a walk from our accommodation down through Praa Sands and along the beach. Surprisingly large number of both swimmers and surfers braving the (to us) very chilly waters.
      Really nice Hilary-cooked dinner of local fish. Many thanks to both Hilary and Stewart for a fabulous stay.
      Tomorrow, The Netherlands. How on earth will we get there?
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    • Day 123

      Driving to Cornwall

      October 18, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Bleak wet day for our drive south to Cornwall. Morning stop at Weston-super-Mare, strange name for a town but a lovely seaside town south of Bristol. Amazingly they have a sand castle competition running all summer. Lunch at Port Isaac, a small fishing port on the west Cornwall coast (also the little town where Dr Martin is set and filmed)- I had a great lobster sandwich.Read more

    • Day 9

      Driving to Penzance

      April 3, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      After leaving London and the stop at Stonehenge, the driving got much easier. Less traffic and pretty countryside and towns to pass through. I stopped at one little village and grabbed a coffee from an old hotel. It had a fire roaring in a snug like room and I was tempted to just sit for a while. But the road beckoned and I was happy to get to Penzance just before dark. The bed and breakfast is very nice and the owners welcoming. A quick meal at a local Thai restaurant and then I was soon tucked up in bed.Read more

    • Day 2

      Day 2 breakfast in Penzance

      August 31, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      A good night's sleep in a cosy sleeping bag while the wind howled.

      Broke camp when the sun came up and back into Penzance for a Lidl breakfast of vegetable pizza and tomatoes.

      Lots of old and new Cornish crosses about.

      Startled a wren in a hedge. It sat there and stared me in the eye whilst shouting at me to leave it alone....btw I was not in the hedge, just resting.
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    • Day 42

      Penzance

      June 3, 2021 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Not fancying sitting on a bouy bumping around all night a quick change of plan and we decide to leave early ahead of the ebbing tide as the gate to the harbour closes in Penzance HW+1 eg 12.30!
      About 3 miles off we ring to check where the fuel dock is - good job as the harbour master was about to close the gate! Agreeing to keep it open for us we speed up and sneak in and tie up alongside the wall, all snug for a night out on the town in Penzance. Fuel up in the morning and off we go to the Scillies.
      Making the most of the sunny afternoon we take a stroll to Newlyn along the seafront before exploring the town-Old Hippie paradise.
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