Published: October 14th 2008
October 12th 2008
Good morning to you all!
Sorry for the delay in my blog, we took too many pictures so we had to wait and upload those bad boys before I could write you (y'all really just like the pictures, right?!). I know I'm a visual learner :)
We ended up driving about three and a half hours South to a place called Cornwall, New Quay (New Key) to be exact. It's UK's surfing capital. Everywhere you look there's a person holding a surfboard and their dress is a wet suit, they may have a toboggan on and different colored flops, but they all pretty much look the same. Upon arrival we located our hotel--- but no one was home. We rang the doorbell and called only to be told our reservation had been cancelled because we were only staying for a night-- they required 2 nights. Oh well, we took advantage of being able to hand pick our location, place and we found a great bed & breakfast called St. Bernard's. It was cozy with the young family living in the back of the house.
We woke early, enjoyed a full English breakfast-- I had the veggie version, Grant
the real (sausage, egg over easy, baked beans, ham & wheat toast). It's pretty good and you're full for a few hours allowing us to do more exploring than eating. We walked around all of New Quay, mainly focusing on the beaches-- the big dance for surfers takes place on these beaches-- they're supposed to host the World Surfing Games next year. The waves were amazing, I'm used to seeing the poor surfers on the crowed Folly Beach (Charleston, SC), where the waves barely hit your knees making it difficult for all the surfers to 'catch a wave' and they're certainly not 'hangin' ten'.
We relaxed on the cliffs of New Quay and took in as much of the scenery as possible. The waves crashing on the rocks held our attention longer than we had planned-- so we broke away and continued our tour of the city and headed further South to 'Land's End'-- where England begins and ends. Now, I don't know for sure if it is in fact linked to the clothing company, but I'm going to look into this further. Grant & I hadn't locked down a place to stay in the Land's End area, so
we stopped at "The First and Last Inn in England" thinking this could be a unique experience. When we got into the place Grant walks up to the bar area (that was the first thing we saw) and says "Hi, we're wondering what your rooms go for". The bartender, looking baffled says, "I'm sorry, we don't have rooms for rent here, we're a pub". Without skipping a beat Grant says "Well then, we'll have a couple of pints and a menu, we're starving".
Land's End is beautiful but as Grant put it, 'just like Wally World'. It's a major tourist trap, but if you get past the "Dr. Who's simulated ride" and "Into the Ocean- a Journey through the waters of the world" you'll see the lovely panoramic views of the endless water and the beginning or end of land. We were able to hike for a while and saw a shipwreck from 2003-- the ship is still there-- it's cool, but we questioned why it was till there. As we're looking down at the town below-- called Sennen Cove, Grant declares that "we're going to go swimming down there". You'll notice that my clothes that I'm wearing are
winter and that the little ants below are wearing wet suits because it's so chilly. I'll show you the pictures, but I sat out this dance allowing Grant to take center stage. After his soothing (shocking) swim we got a pasty (a thicker croissant with a preferred filling inside-- a local speciality) and then we sat beachfront and had one of the best hot chocolates of my life.
We go to Ireland tomorrow-- we'll be there until next Monday. We're looking forward to taking in Dublin and Cork. Grant has a friend, Brian, who lives in Cork and who has promised to show us around the area. There should be a few pictures and stories from there. I look forward to sharing them with you!
Talk to y'all soon!
Love & Miss,
Ali & Grant
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