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  • Day2

    St Ives (cont’d)

    December 28, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    We spent most of our time walking around looking at shops and eating Cornish pasties which are a meal in themselves!
    We also had fish and chips as well as a cream tea which is the equivalent of a Devonshire tea in Australia.
    The stairwells and Pubs in St Ives are amazing and the pubs are real family affairs with dogs and children all welcome. We visited about five pubs and it was cool watching Dylan drink many pints of different ales and the occasional lager.
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    Jenny Day

    We had a lovely day shopping. Polly was trying clothes on for me as I can’t....I bought a whole lot of stuff....I hope they fit!This area is really her style. It was a fabulous day just wandering around .

    Jenny Day

    The Lifeboat Inn where we are staying is ancient (100’s of years old) and higgeldy piggeldy stairs and uneven floors but recently renovated... it would not pass OHS in Oz but it’s very quaint and super expensive.The views of the sea out our windows are very special

  • Day3

    St Ives (cont’d)

    December 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    This was the view from Porthsmour cafe which incidentally is run by an ex Aussie who has an understanding of how to make great coffee as well as offering an Australian style breakfast menu...featuring granola, hash browns, spinach, salmon, pancakes etc.
    Quite a number of surfers out in the conditions wearing thick wetsuits, gloves, booties and hoods as well.
    Cool walks all around here and would love to revisit in summer.
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    Jenny Day

    We went to two cafes on different headlands for breakfast and they were both sensational....and run by Aussies they reminded me of any beach cafe back home....just a bit colder!

  • Day3

    Tate Gallery

    December 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Tate is an institution that houses, in a network of four art museums, the United Kingdom's national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art. It is not a government institution, but its main sponsor is the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

    The name "Tate" is used also as the operating name for the corporate body, which was established by the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 as "The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery".

    The gallery was founded in 1897, as the National Gallery of British Art. When its role was changed to include the national collection of modern art as well as the national collection of British art, in 1932, it was renamed the Tate Gallery after sugar magnate Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle, who had laid the foundations for the collection. The Tate Gallery was housed in the current building occupied by Tate Britain, which is situated in Millbank, London. In 2000, the Tate Gallery transformed itself into the current-day Tate, which consists of a network of four museums: Tate Britain, which displays the collection of British art from 1500 to the present day; Tate Modern, also in London, which houses the Tate's collection of British and international modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day; Tate Liverpool (founded in 1988), which has the same purpose as Tate Modern but on a smaller scale; and Tate St Ives in Cornwall (founded in 1993), which displays modern and contemporary art by artists who have connections with the area. All four museums share the Tate Collection. One of the Tate's most publicised art events is the awarding of the annual Turner Prize, which takes place at Tate Britain.
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    Jenny Day

    The gallery was in a stunning building on a hill with sweeping views of St Ives

  • Day3

    Hilltop Chapel

    December 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    This beautiful chapel which is situated on promontory at St Ives.

    At the top of The Island in St Ives, surrounded on three sides by the sea, stands the medieval chapel of St Nicholas, also known as the Island Chapel (though to be pedantic, The Island is not, in fact, an island at all, but a promontory).

    It isn't clear when the chapel was built. It is entirely possible that a timber chapel stood here as early as the 5th century when the first Irish missionaries arrived in this area of Cornwall. We do know that there was a stone chapel on this site in the early medieval period and the present building can be dated to the 14th century on stylistic grounds.

    St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and the chapel was a focal point of worship for local sailors.

    The chapel was always the responsibility of the town authorities. It is built of granite rubble under a slate roof with gable ends.
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  • Day2

    St Ives

    December 28, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    St Ives is a beautiful little seaside village that is renown for fishing and the Tate gallery as well as surfing at Porthmour beach which was impressive the two days we were there.

    St Ives (Cornish: Porth Ia, meaning "St Ia’s cove") is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis, and the town is now primarily a popular seaside resort, notably achieving the title of Best UK Seaside Town from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. St Ives was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1639. St Ives has become renowned for its number of artists. It was named best seaside town of 2007 by The Guardian newspaper. It should not be confused with St Ive, a village and civil parish in south-east Cornwall.
    The village is characterized by very small cobblestone laneways and beautiful little houses that are all squeezed together around the bay.

    The Sloop Inn is an inn in St Ives, Cornwall, England, located on the wharf. It is one of the oldest inns in Cornwall, the public house is dated to "circa 1312" although the present building was built in the 17th or 18th century. Made of granite rubble, with a slate roof, the Sloop Inn was the favourite haunt of Victorian artists including Louis Grier and many of his paintings hung there in earlier years.
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  • Day3

    St Ives (cont’d)

    December 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    More of beautiful St Ives which incidentally has a tide change of approximately 9 metres which is really impressive to see.
    The tide also changes quite quickly and the water temperature was about 7 degrees celsius whilst we were visiting.Read more

    Jenny Day

    Rich went for a swim...crazy!!! Had a lovely breakfast on the headland owned by an Ausssie.... that’s why the coffee was the best we’ve had😉

  • Day5

    Saint Ives

    August 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Questa mattina partiamo alle 8,40 e torniamo in Cornovaglia. Facciamo un lungo tratto in autostrada ed arriviamo a Saint Ives, una cittadina sita in un bel golfo. Come al solito parcheggiamo la macchina in alto e scendiamo a piedi fino al porto.
    La città è più grande delle solite, ha dei bei negozietti e un porto su cui si affacciano parecchi bar e pub. Il tempo di un caffè ed un giretto e si riparte.
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  • Day35

    Saint Yves

    June 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Am nächsten Tag fuhr ich mit 2 Radfahrern nach Saint Yves. Es waren zwar nur knapp 17 Meilen die wir zusammen gefahren sind, aber man wird viel mehr mitgezogen in einem Team, was echt mal eine schöne Abwechselung war zum permanenten Allein-Fahren.
    Einer der Fahrer erzählte mir, es sei schon 3 mal von einem Auto mitgenommen worden sein. Die Folge war unter anderem eine Schulterverletzung. Auch die beiden bestätigten mir, England ist kein Land zum Fahrrad fahren. Dachte mir nur, ja mei, passt schon ;-)

    In Saint Yves machte ich meine erste Couchsurfing Erfahrung bei einer 30 jährigen netten Frau. Sie zeigte mir Einiges von der Stadt und vertraute mir blind. Ich verstand nicht wie die Frau einer fremden Person (mir) so vertrauen konnte, schließlich hatte wir uns gerade vor 10 Minuten erst kennen gelernt. Ich durfte komplett alles in ihrem Haus (auch Privatzimmer) machen und benutzen. Ich empfand dieses Vertrauen ihrerseits als irgendwo merkwürdig, aber auch angenehm.

    Nachdem ich die Zusage bei Couchsurfing bekam, erhielt noch eine Zusage bei Warm Showers. Ich hatte nur nach einem Bett gefragt und erhielt neben der Zusage noch folgenden Text: "Please ignore people on the news programs who are naughty. British people love their neighbours in Europe and we welcome them". Ich fand das echt toll.

    Ach ja, als ich durch die sehr engen Straßen von Saint Yves ging, fuhr mich ein Taxi mit dem Seitenspiegel am Arm an. Abgesehen von einem kurzen Schreck war alles gut bei mir. Der Taxifahrer fuhr selbstständlich weiter.

    Für die unter euch die, die Hitchcock Filme schätzen und auch das Ende gesehen haben, hier eine kurze Story :-P Der Film die Vögel wurde in Saint Yves gedreht. Nicht ohne Grund, wie ich am eigenen Leib erfahren sollte. Ich bestellte mir am Hafen ein Sandwich in einem kleinen Laden. Ich setzte mich gerade auf eine Bank, da kamen die Seaguils (Möwen) und schnappten mir mein Sandwich aus meiner Hand weg und flogen davon. Ungefähr 30 Möwen haben nach nicht mal einer Minute mein Sandwich gegessen. Musste also umkehren und mir ein neues kaufen.
    Die Vögel sind dort so intelligent, das ist echt der Wahnsinn. Ihr müsst euch vorstellen, die sitzen dort jeden Tag am Hafen. Mir hat eine Verkäuferin erzählt, wie eine Möwe ihr auch ein Sandwich aus dem Laden geklaut hat. Eine Möwe waschelte einfach auf die Eingangstür des Ladens zu und öffnete die Flügel. Die Möwe wusste, dass sie einfach nur ihre Flügel bewegen muss vor dem Sensor und die Tür geht auf. Das Möwe ist rein und hat ein Sandwich mitgehen lassen :-)

    Es sind alle Bilder am gleichen Tag entstanden und man nennt diesen komischen Klotz auf dem einen Bild "Men's Head" ;-)
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  • Day55

    Church and the Cornish Coast

    October 17, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I started out today with the service at Towednack church. It was a lovely service, about 30 people in attendance and in an old church. The bells called us to the service.
    I was made to feel very welcome.
    After the service I was shown the list of names of those in the churchyard and so was easily able to locate those I was looking for. I haven't had a chance to compare them to the family tree but will do so.

    From the church I went into St Ives. I had read that St Ives isn't a place for cars and it isn't! They have car parks towards the outer parts and you walk/catch the bus in.
    The streets around the harbour are narrow and cobbled. It is very touristy but in a good way. The shops tended to be bakeries selling pasties or cream teas, fudge shops (apparently Cornwall is famous for its fudge), art galleries/shop and independent clothes shops.
    When I got down to the harbour the tide was very much out. The boats were beached and people walking over the sands. An hour later I saw the sand mostly covered with water. I could see the water coming in. Like waves at the beach but they didn't recede. I watched it for quite a while.
    Seeing a tide rush in/out was something I was hoping to see on my trip so I am happy.
    I went up the coast a bit, first to Godrevy and then Portreath.
    Once the tide was in and the wind blowing strongly I could see the wild Cornish coast.
    Over at Portreath the waves were high on the harbour wall and people surfing/boogy boarding a couple of metres from the shore.

    Towednack church
    St Ives Harbour 1:45pm
    St Ives Harbour 2:55pm
    Weather coming in
    Godrevy lighthouse
    Portreath surfer
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  • Day9

    9. Tag Hayle bis St. Ives

    April 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    9. Tag: Das war ein ungewöhnlicher Wandertag. Reinhard‘s Knie war inzwischen so entzündet, dass wir in ein Medical Center sind und nach zwei Stunden und mit Hilfe eines Bildes vom Rezept aus Deutschland erhielten wir endlich Diclofenac. Damit geht es jetzt endlich viel besser.
    Was noch?
    * Badetag check (1 Stunde am Strand und Rafaela tatsächlich im Wasser.... brrrr)
    * Regen check (heute beim Abendessen an der Hafenmauer)
    * Erholungsurlaub check (nur 12 km laufen und um 14 Uhr schon am Ziel)
    * Angriff einer Möwe check (hat sich trotz der Warnungen der Verkäuferin fast das Eis geschnappt)

    Dazu: Basstölpel bei der beeindruckenden Jagd - wie Pfeile schießen die ins Wasser.

    Morgen letzter Wandertag ...
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