Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cornwall Bank Holiday

We had a few days where we could go on a quick holiday, so we decided to head down to Cornwall.  We had never been, so decided to make the trek.  It took a good 6 hours to drive there.  We made a few stops along the way to break up the drive. 

Porter hadn't been to Avebury Henge, it's the largest henge with a kilometer diameter.  Also, you can touch the stones!!!  Porter loved it.

Porter boosted me up to take this photo.


After a long drive, lots of traffic around Bristol, several rest stops and 2 bags of peanut M&M's later we made it to Newquay.  We stayed at Dewolf Guest House.  It was a cute little B&B ran by a couple who own Siberian Huskies.  They were very sweet and the location was good.

The first stop was St. Michaels Mount.  It's a town with a castle on this little island by Penzance (yes, like in Pirates of Penzance) that is only accessible at low tide via causeway.  We looked at the tidal schedule and got there right before low tide. 






Walking along the path was pretty fun.  


 There were also a bunch of big rocks along way you could climb on.

Unfortunately, when we arrived at the island we found out it was closed on Saturdays.  So Porter snapped this picture.  We walked around for a few minutes then headed back along the pathway.


On our way back to the car we ran into a market where we had the best macaroons ever!  They were better than any I've had from France.  The best flavors were the chocolate and the salted caramel.


Our next stop of the day was: Land's End.  
It's the farthest point out one can go on England.  Next stop, New York!

 This is the little cafe out on the cliff.





We also stopped at St. Ives.  You know the shampoo brand, it's an actual place, and it's beautiful!  However, I advise you to park before getting into the town center.  We didn't realize this and before we knew it, we were in the middle of the town on tiny cobblestone roads with pedestrians everywhere.  Porter was not happy.  After a few minutes of chaos and some pretty strong language we made out in one piece.  We had to loop the the whole city again to get to the parking areas.  But it was totally worth it.

After our crazy driving adventure we relaxed with a Cornish Strawberry Cream Tea.  



This cheeky little guy was popping up trying to climb on board peoples boats.


We went crabbing and while I was out near the deep end the seal swam right by me!  Also in this picture the tide was coming in...fast.



I was pretty excited!  I was hoping he would swim up next to me on the cement.  



Our final stop of the day was at Healey's Cider Farm.  It's adorable.  You can tour the entire farm, see the orchards, looks at the farm animals, and see how they process their juices and ciders.  Porter made sure to inspect their products very carefully.

The main reason for us wanting to visit Cornwall was to see Tintagel Castle.  It did not disappoint, probably one of my favorite castles ever.  We loved it!

Once part of the castle from the coast.





A view of the caves from the castle.

A view of the castle from Merlin's Cave!




Porter was loving the castle.  This would have been the great hall.






We loved walking along the cliffs, they were epic.  I pretty much felt like I was on the edge of the world.

There was this fabulous pasty shop in the town of Tintagel.  Porter had been dying to have a real Cornish Pasty, so we had to stop.  Pengenna Pasties are amazing!  Their flapjacks were the best I've ever tasted.


It was huge, but Porter was up to the challenge.



While we were in the area we stopped at Port Issac where the British drama "Doc Martin" is filmed.  It was the cutest little port town.  We hiked up to get a view of it.


Up on the hill we found a bench with a sweet inscription:
"What we keep in memory is ours forever."


 Isn't this the cutest little bus stop?!  


Also we found this sign.  It's nice to find little pieces of kindness.


 Doc Martin's House.


This is a picture of our room at our B&B.


On our way home we stopped at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary.  I've been wanting to go here since I learned about it.  They save donkeys.  You can read all about them on that link, plus they have cameras so you can watch the donkeys in real time.  I think they have over 200 donkeys at this location.

This guy just wanted his rump scratched.
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These ones were adorable! 


Donkey Selfie


D'artagnan was this big boy and I loved him.  But again, all these donkey's wanted was their butt scratched, ha!



This pretty much sums up how we felt about our trip!



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