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When is Port Isaac Not Port Isaac?

Way back at the start of our England adventures we were travelling around Cornwall. When planning the trip we’d realised that we’d be travelling near to Port Isaac, a fishing village on the west coast. It’s a typical Cornwall fishing … Continue reading

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Lanhydrock House – Better Late Than Never

We’d vaguely thought about visiting Lanhydrock on our drive to Penzance in Cornwall, but ended up at the Truro Cathedral instead. Lanhydrock is said to be Cornwall’s most complete country home. The woman running the AirBnB we stayed at suggested … Continue reading

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As We Were Going to St Ives – We Met ….

While we were in Penzance, we wanted to visit St Ives. It’s an interesting town not far north of Penzance. It used to be a fishing port but is now more of an art community and seaside town. But we’d … Continue reading

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Saint Michael’s Mount – Penzance

Once we’d decided on Cornwall as our first destination in England, Wyn was checking out what we might visit, and at the top of her list was St Michael’s Mount, near Penzance. St Michael’s Mount is a castle on the … Continue reading

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Minack Theatre Cornwall – Build It and They Will Come

Once we’d settled on visiting Penzance, Wyn read about the Minack Theatre near Land’s End. It’s an open-air cliff-top theatre, carved out of the landscape, with the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an outrageous concept, completely mad, and absolutely … Continue reading

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The Tin Coast – Poldark Territory – Cornwall

I’d said that while we were in Penzance I wanted to check out the tin mines. Wyn said “What!” I said it was where the TV series Poldark is filmed. She said “How soon can we go!” True or false? … Continue reading

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The Awesome Truro Cathedral in Cornwall

After our stay at Mevagissey, we headed further west towards Penzance. It wasn’t a long drive and we had time to visit Truro and their cathedral. I’ve been looking forward to seeing some of the cathedrals on our travels. I … Continue reading

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Off to the Gardens – Trelissick House

We had a day for exploring at Mevagissey, and were spoiled for choice for gardens to visit. Nearby is the Eden Project, a big and interesting garden. It also has a big price and would have had big crowds on … Continue reading

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A Cornwall Fishing Village – Mevagissey

From lovely Lyme Regis we headed West. We were on a mission to get to Cornwall, so we kept to the major roads and zoomed along with the traffic. In any case we still weren’t even two days off the … Continue reading

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Off to the Seaside – Lyme Regis

After arriving in London, we immediately headed as far away as we could from the big city. So was everybody else it seemed. We’d arrived at the beginning of a Bank Holiday weekend, which we’d sort-of known about without really … Continue reading

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From the Beginning – Our Grand Tour Starts

We came from New Zealand. I’d always wanted to. I’d sort-of headed off round the world forty-something years ago, but only got half way. Wyn was planning her first trip 12 years ago when I met her. I was allowed … Continue reading

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Leaving the West Coast – Up the River

This blog has been stuck up a creek down the Coast for a few weeks now. It’s time to get us out of there. We’d had a great week exploring and enjoying the West Coast, and were on our way … Continue reading

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Up Ship Creek – Heading South Out West

Once back to the main highway from Okarito we headed south, towards the Glaciers. But first, we came to Lake Mapourika. This is another gorgeous West Coast lake in the bush, carved by a long-gone glacier. We were just in … Continue reading

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Weird Wood at Okarito

Over the previous couple of evenings wandering on the beach at Okarito I was impressed by the strange shapes of the driftwood. Before we left after our second night at the camp, I went back one last time to gather … Continue reading

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Chasing the Okarito Sunset – Act II

After our kayaking adventures, and a bit of a rest, and our evening meal, we repaired to the Okarito Beach to watch the setting sun. It wasn’t going to be another sinking-into-the-sea sort of sunset, but that wasn’t going to … Continue reading

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