A week in Cornwall sounded lovely, so Surf board under my arm, Beach Boys Cd playing and flowery shirts and shorts packed we headed off on the long drive. Well, maybe not, more like a car packed full of more clothes than we would probably need, more food than we would eat and of course an umbrella although I did manage to cram in a few bottles of wine which I consider essentials.
We stayed in the beach resort of Porthtowan in a three bedroom cottage along with my son and daughter and their partners.
After a very long 6 hour drive we arrived at Porthtowan early evening which was grey and shrouded in mist.
Next morning with the weather brighter we headed off to St Agnes, a pleasant little surfing town followed by a very enjoyable trip to Healeys Cyder farm (yes, spelt with a y) where we sampled some interesting blends.
Healeys is Cornwalls largest Cyder maker with award-winning Cyders, spirits, juices and jams.Lovely place and friendly staff made this a great afternoon visit. Especially liked the oak matured (6 months) and the Bourbon and whiskey infused bottles.
Up next was the Eden Project with its distinctive Rain Forest and Mediteranean Biomes.
Rainforest Biome was authentically hot and humid with fantastic array of tropical plants. Med Biome a little cooler but just as interesting, even had a Portuguese Malvasia vineyard which was great to see.
We also walked across the cliff tops to Lands end to have the obligatory photo call at the sign.
Another fantastic experience was the Manick Theatre near Penzance which is is the most famous cliff side open-air theatre in Britain, possibly in the world; from above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall.
We saw the Victorian comedy ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ sitting in the sunshine in the most beautiful of settings.
Anybody visiting Cornwall has got to do this!
Oh yes, not forgetting, while we were there we managed to drink some pretty decent wines that we brought with us as well including Champagne, Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Vouvray, Sauvignon Blanc, Amarone, Merlot, Pinot Noir.