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Published: February 9th 2006
Me in St. Ives
I wouldn't mind spending a bit of time here.
Going to Land's End
Looking for some stacked stones
Are we there yet Cai?
Morning start at 8:30 seems a bit late to me now but at least I can take my time getting ready in the morning. One good thing about this hostel is that they always provide breakfast. I have my fruit packed from the other day which will be great for snacking on and will ensure I'm not always eating "bad for you" foods. 😊
I have been hanging out with Sarah lots the past 24 hours. We were actually on the same bus coming down from Edinburgh but knowing it was only two days, one night the bus was pretty anti-social in my opinion. Anyway, since yesterday Sarah has invited me to do stuff with her while I'm in London which is great. It is always nice to have someone to see the sights with. It's also a coincidence that she'll be in Paris the same time I'll be there! With the exception that she'll be with her Contiki tour. I get in on Monday and am there for four nights. She gets in on Tuesday and is there for three nights. We're thinking of
Gary, Tsubasa, Sarah, Bon and Caren.
going to Euro-Disney which would be cool but we'll see if that happens since I'm guessing it will be pretty pricey and may be a bit out of the way to get to. Also, many of the touristy sights she's seen as a kid and is keen to seem them again as an adult.
It was a pretty uneventful morning drive to St. Ives. We arrived about 10AM into St. Ives and were given 1.5 hours to explore the seaside town. The views from the top of the hill looking down on the water, the beach and the buildings were just amazing. Sarah, Caron and I started out down the steep walkways into town. We looked and walked along the beach, took lots of photos and checked out a few stores. There sure are a lot of Cornish Pasty shops, ice cream shops and souvenir stalls. We picked up some Cornish pasties for lunch and Nacho and Tsubasa as well. haha Then we meandered our way back to the bus and eventually made our way to Senne where we had our picnic lunch.
I forgot to mention that with school holidays being in session there are tons of
families out enjoying the beach. By the looks of it, many were making it an all day affair. There were many people setting up tents and big beach umbrellas. Lots of beach toys like flying discs, boogie boards, badminton, kites, shovels, buckets etc. everywhere. I wish we had more time to hang about so as to enjoy a day at the beach. But...
Land's End beckons! After eating our lunch we trudged onwards and the path eventually lead us all the way to Land's End where more beautiful pictures of the sea were to be taken. We ended up waiting for a bit in the parking lot because one woman got a tad lost. But no fear, Cai found her. Then we were soon off and running to the Minack Theatre. An incredible amphitheatre built by one woman - Rowena Cade in I believe the 1930's - into the side of a cliff. The theatre was inspired by a production of Shakespeare's Mid-Summer Night's Dream that Rowena Cade performed in as a kid. It's too bad we didn't get a chance to see a production being performed on stage especially since tickets are only about £7.50. We were given
about 1 hour 10 minutes at the Minack Theatre and that was more than ample time. We spent quite a bit of time just sitting around.
The roads to and from Land's End and the Minack Theatre are quite narrow and windy. At some points only one vehicle can truly pass at a time. Being a big yellow bus, we usually get the right of way. 😊 It is interesting how some people just don't get it that only one vehicle can pass at a time. Oh well! We've been on the road for a bit which is an invitation for me for some quality nap time! I didn't sleep the best last night. I kept waking up and then around 4AM the seagulls were flying around. About 5AM someone’s alarm goes off. Then about 6AM someone opens the curtains and the suns reflection off of the water and then off of the yellow walls of our room became quite blinding. Then about 7AM people who wanted to take morning showers started to wake up. I had my alarm set to wake me up at 7:45 since breakfast was ready to be served at 8AM but ended up getting up earlier than my alarm. So napping was probably inevitable anyway.
We were going to see some stacked rocks after the Theatre but they were driving around about 1.5 hours and couldn't find them so now we're stopped at a gas station and have about 40 minutes to go before getting into Newquay so that means we'll get in late again...about 7PM. It would have been nice to have had a bit of time in Newquay but nothing we can do about that now. I think a "big" night out is planned for tonight but we'll see what ends up happening.
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