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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 20th 2013

Many signs and business names at Land's End, and throughout this southwestern part of Cornwall, reflect the theme of "start and finish" or "beginning and end" or "first and last." This is because, for end-to-enders like us, this area is either the completion of a long, tiring journey or the initiation of the same. For us, it is the start. While we still have the energy, enthusiasm, and optimism of journey starters, still it required a bit of effort, and a few adventures, to reach the beginning today, and we are already feeling a sense of accomplishment for that. The flight over from Seattle via Iceland to Gatwick went surprisingly well even though we were surprised that Icelandair did not provide complimentary meals and we had to satisfy ourselves with mediocre chef's salads at $14 per. ... read more
Karen and Kathy getting ready to take bike cases to post office
Smoked fish and cheese seller at farmers market
Jim and Karen headed through the Cornish countryside towards Land's End

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 17th 2013

Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote, The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne, And smale foweles maken melodye, That slepen al the nyght with open eye- So priketh hem Nature in hir corages- Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages ... If our lives are a repeating cycle, like the seasons, then the springtime of life can happen more than once. The four of us: Kathy, Kit, Jim, and Karen, are experiencing new energy as we leave the world of full time jobs and d... read more
Jim, Kathy, and Kit
Jim and Karen

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance August 12th 2012

I was invited by my friend Daph to help with her stand 'Black Cherry' in a craft fayre at Praa Sands; I didn't pay too much attention to the fact that it was a Pirate day with raft race, never having heard of it before and not inquisitive enough to look it up. I was just so happy to be joining her in one of my favourite area's (West Cornwall). Of course I wasn't going to let the opportunity pass by without booking at least one night stay, much to her surprise! I booked a lovely B&B just outside of Hayle and offered to drive. There are so many lovely places to see in the area, all quite diverse and so beautiful, and all within a few miles - I believe I could stay a month ... read more
Black Cherry
King of Pirate Rafts
Raft Race

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 6th 2012

And so another year has passed and Easter is back... last year was Scotland and this year is Cornwall, another corner of this beautiful country in which we live on and that I have never seen before (Dax was there about 10 years ago as part of his 'tippelei'). We left home aiming for Glastonbury, to visit the carpenters that were working with Dax all those 10 years ago... we drove and drove and drove and, suddenly, we were in Exeter... waaaay past Glastonbury. This can be explained by the fact that I was the one reading the map and I was looking at the wrong road!!!... how embarrassing!... and I was saying all the time "we're still far away, keep going"... until Dax saw a sign that said 5 miles to Exeter... I wasn't even ... read more
Eden Project
Random beach
Eden Project

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance June 24th 2011

A diabetic, half-blind nine year old has done it. An eighty-three year old gentleman managed it for the sixth time. A lady tried it, beating a drum for the duration. Even Sir Ian Botham nailed it. Twice. Walking the length of Great Britain from Lands End to John o'Groats isn't as physically challenging as one might think. If these people can do it, then there's hope for everybody. The more I researched, the more I learnt about the variety of people who had completed this end-to-end walk. Others have rambled in the nude (taking five months to complete the journey due to repeatedly getting arrested), ran backwards and even trudged along with a wooden door tied to their back in remembrance of their father who was a carpenter. Walking from Lands End to John o'Groats isn't ... read more
Penzance Wildlife
First and Last Pub, Sennen
Sennen Parish Church

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance May 29th 2011

I had a good ride -covering slightly less miles than originally planned. I passed by Truro and enjoyed a coffee there and then onto Redruth for a pasty arriving in Penzance by late afternoon. Now looking forward to the very last stage of the journey tomorrow morning before meeting Sally-peter and Mary at Lands End.........perhaps I should turn around and start the journey once again.........................!!! Jim... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance June 26th 2010

Vrijdagavond besloten we eindelijk waar we naar toe vertrokken voor een weekje. Het zuiden van Europa werd geteisterd door regen en zelfs overstromingen. Dit was duidelijk niet de goede richting! De keuze werd UK, West Cornwall. Hoewel we zondagmiddag, halverwege Engeland waren toen we de exacte plaatsbepaling van ons verblijf kozen (op goed gevoel). We reden door tot het putteke van Engeland, Penzance en vandaar recht naar een camping op onze weg. Het werd de camping van Kennegy High, een zeer rustig gelegen camping, 10min wandelen van een bijna privé-zandstrand. Een idyllische locatie, goed bereikbaar en achteraf gebleken ook midden gelegen tussen de verschillende rotsmassieven. De volgende dag begon de zoektocht naar een topo en verdere uitleg... Dit duurde niet echt lang, het VVV-kantoor van Penzance wees ons de weg naar de dichtsbij zijnde boekhandel. Daar ... read more
Men-a-tol
Jij ook een klimmeke doen?
Trad-juweeltje...

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance May 25th 2010

25th May dawned with a sunny day. After a good night’s sleep w both felt refreshed and ready to go for our long trip down to Cornwall to the very western tip of England. Before we headed off west we had a couple of places to visit in Fareham. A visit to the bank for dad and then off to the most famous bakery in the world - Soothills. The quality of the products in this bakery has to be seen and tasted. All baked fresh and for the last 63 years the most popular bakery in this area. We spent £12 on cakes. Lardy cakes, jam doughnuts and huge rum balls. I don’t think I have ever spent that much money on cakes at one time. It was well worth it though. If ever you ... read more
01 Carole and Paul
02 Peter and Carole
03 West Street Fareham

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance September 25th 2009

Help....Am I really off this morning? I can't believe it's come round so soon. Everything is packed. Hairdresser at 10am and then I'll drive to Bristol for the first part of my journey. Liz... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance September 23rd 2009

Well, I'm almost there. I've shut up shop today, sorted out a few more things. This evening, Katie, came and did my nail extensions so I'm starting to look glamerous. Friday morning I'm off to the hairdresser to have my hair cut and my red highlights put in...then I will be ready to drive to Bristol. I've got a new mobile number which is cheap for travelling 0447509164653 - hopefully it will work, I haven't registered it yet. I can't believe that I'm really ready to leave now after all these months of planning. Best wishes to you all. Liz... read more




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