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The Island

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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