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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Padstow May 29th 2021

Yesterday started off well. We walked into Padstow and I had a day at Rick Stein's cookery school. I have done a cooking class there before but this time due to the pandemic it was a tad different. You were not allowed to leave your work station without wearing a mask. You had to see most of the things the Chef was telling you via a screen which if I am honest 2 rows back and one dodgy cataract it was a little difficult. To be honest though if two people from the same family went they shared a work station and also shared a fish so not great value, or chance to try stuff. So the first dish was Dover Sole a la meunière which if you remember in one of my blogs I had ... read more
Roast troncon of turbot with hollandaise sauce
Lobster thermidor
Shooting Range Platform

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Padstow May 26th 2021

Well, really sorry about the blog yesterday or the lack of it. Well yesterday I thought I was a fish as I have never been as wet and if I am totally honest it was cold as well. So when we got back to the Motorhome we got out of our soaking wet clothes chucked them in the garage and put the heating on to try and dry out. Was worrying that today was going to be the same - so really happy when we woke up that the sun was shining - mind you the winds are still cool - however, cannot complain - well this is Paula and she can complain! We had a light breakfast as we had booked into Rick Stein's for lunch. As I was going to be wearing shoes with ... read more
Prawn on the Lawn

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Padstow May 24th 2021

So day two of our Motorhome adventure and being such a rookie found out that the Cathago motorhome facebook people are amazing. All I do is when I do not know what to do like turning the radio off, sorting the waste water out, they are there giving me advice immediately. I think they are thinking is she for real or what, ha ha. Anyway with having to take drops for my eyes as having had a cataract op on my left eye, yes I still need to look at my hands to identify which is my left eye and having an op on this eye you would think this would not be necessary, hey ho you are talking about Paula here. How stupid I always get Mike to read through and he has said which ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Agnes December 4th 2019

Hallo fellows , This is my first Travel blog entry and I was kinda nervous at first . Because I wasn't sure if someone would be Interested in my tips . But since I am doing trips often now I wanted to search them with you guys . Lately I have been in London the second time ( about 3 weeks ago ) and It was so fun . This time I went there with a good old friend and it has been such a beautiful trip . Everyone has been so nice to us and shopping in London is way funnier and elegant than in my hometown . But thats just my opinion . I bough fair trade cloths since I believe its not ok that others have to work for 2$ per day and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Ives October 2nd 2019

Once we had had another full-Cornish and checked-out of the hotel, we went for a walk back down to St Ives' harbour to see it in daylight. We circled round past the beach, where the surfers were braving the cold, around St Ives Head and then around the narrow streets and shops. We debated getting a box of different Cornish Pasties (there are sweet as well as savoury), but didn't in the end, which we regretted. Somewhere my wife had always wanted to visit was Clovelly in Devon, so we thought we would stop there on the way back. This is a private village, which is completely closed to traffic. We parked at the Visitors' Centre at the top of the hill, bought the tickets needed to enter the village and then headed down. The village ... read more
Clovelly Harbour
St Ives

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Ives October 1st 2019

For a celebration, which I will not go into, we thought we would treat ourselves to a couple of days in Cornwall. We left work early and headed down the evening before, but we had completely underestimated how far away Cornwall is and it was well past midnight by the time we arrived at our hotel in St Ives. They had left a key in a key-safe for us. It's surprising that Cornwall is a far away from London as Newcastle. We had stopped for a meal in Wiltshire and we also had to undertake a complicated diversion through all the Cornish backroads due to road-closure near Bodmin. Despite that, I was up early to go to St Michael's Mount for sunrise, although I was hugely disappointed - it was raining, there was no sunrise and ... read more
Lands End
Cornish Mining Coast
St Michael's Mount

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall August 8th 2019

We reached Penzance and I went up to the hotel reception to check in. We had booked into a more expensive hotel for tonight, mostly due to a lack of availability on a Saturday night rather than a desire for a better hotel. The hotel was probably upmarket fifty years ago. The world has moved on since then but the hotel hasn't seen the need. The decor was... how can I put this delicately... dated. The receptionist looked me up and down and said "We had better put you in the wing... the furthest wing." She handed me a large iron key and I fetched the luggage and Madam. We went slowly up to the first floor in a stuttering and clanking lift. Along a long corridor, around a bend and a up further corridor. Down ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall August 6th 2019

Madam was sitting on Thracian Horses 1969 and I was on King Richard III 1969. I moved to Twelfth Night 1970 for a better view of the practicing orchestra and she came to sit beside me on South Pacific 1970. We had stopped at the Minack Theatre on the way back from Land’s End. In 1929, a local drama group put on an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a local meadow. It was a great success, and they decided to perform The Tempest a couple of years later. Rowena Cade decided that the cliffs below her garden would be a perfect setting and over the winter of 1931 she and her gardener moved granite boulders and created a little theatre on the side of the cliff. There were performances at the Minack every ... read more
St Michael's Mount

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall August 5th 2019

The sea spray splattered my glasses and the wind tugged at my hair causing it to stick up in an unusually expressive and interesting manner. I looked like a cross between a mad scientist and just plain mad. I zipped up my jacket. "Amazing! It's like something from National Geographic!" Madam shouted above the wind. She was pointing her phone in every direction furiously taking photographs as fast as she could. "I'm glad I bought my windproof jacket." I said. "There's no internet!" She said as she peered into her phone. Her selfie would have to wait. We were at Land's End. The end of Cornwall and the end of the country. The end of our westward journey. This was as far as we could go. Next stop America, over several thousand miles of ocean. We ... read more
Land's End
Land's End
Land's End

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Lostwithiel September 28th 2018

We decided to visit Lostwithiel, which lies tucked away in the Fowey Valley, on 19 September. We took the train from St Austell. Lostwithiel is one of the local stations in Cornwall. Nevertheless, this quiet town had a wealth of historic artefacts and buildings – Tudor Bridge, St Bartholomew Church, The Dutchy Palace, The Grammar School, Taprell House, all of which were built between 15th century and 18th century. We popped in the church and the museum. The museum has an interesting collection of artefacts which were all donated locally and wonderful photographic collection depicting the social history of the town since the end of the 18th century. I was impressed with the calendar with photos of local historic buildings of Lostwithiel and bought the one presented at the receptionist’s desk. We had planned visiting Restomel ... read more
Courtyard of the ruined castle
Restomel Castle
Dutchy Palace

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