The last of Cornwall – for now

My last few days in Cornwall went by so quickly – I was having too much fun, and then the chaos and organization required from a family wedding (even if you aren’t part of the wedding party) made the time fly by. However, I managed to get in a visit to St. Michael’s Mount, a gorgeous tidal island, as well as a day at the beach, spent at Praa sands where I worked on my tan (something I never thought I’d say in England)!St Michaels Mount, Cornwall St Michaels Mount St Michaels Mount Praa sands

Another Cornish landmark is Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. While stunning, even on an overcast day I definitely do not recommend it for those with a fear of heights – I was petrified on the walk down the steep stone steps, which I only managed to brave for the view.

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And of course, no visit to Cornwall would be complete without sampling a Cornish pasty – their equivalent to an empanada. The Cornish used to fill half the pasty with a savory filling, like meat and potatoes and have jam in the other half, which they would split in half while they were down the mines so they could have lunch and dessert, also! A fun idea, I’m not sure I’m sold on the whole sweet and salty thing..

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Mine was filled with meat and potato and was absolutely delicious, like everything in Cornwall seems to be! I’m half tempted to leave London, train up as a sushi chef and open up my own izakaya there with all the fresh fish and produce they have on offer. Thoughts?

Cornwall you were an absolute treat, and I will be back!

Glendurgan garden, Cornwall

One of the many places I explored while I was down in Cornwall was Glendurgan garden. Full of exotic and tropical plants, the exquisite garden leads to the hamlet of Durgan right on the water. Glendurgan gardens Cornwall Glendurgan gardens Cornwall Glendurgan gardens Cornwall Glendurgan gardens Cornwall Glendurgan gardens Cornwall Glendurgan gardens Cornwall

The grounds of Glendurgan were owned by the Fox family, a prominent Quaker family in Falmouth during the 18th and 19th century. They had twelve children, and built a maze for them to play in. The grounds were so beautiful – and we were so lucky with the weather that I ended up getting a little red brown, too!

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Another incredible Cornish sight to see while you’re down there!

Falmouth and Flushing, Cornwall

I’ve been in Cornwall since yesterday, down for a family wedding and I am already in love with the place. We’ve been unbelievably lucky with the weather, which helps, but part of me can’t quite believe that I haven’t had to get my passport out to go anywhere. The water is so blue, the weather is so warm and everyone is so cheerful I feel as though I’m worlds away from London (particularly the Northern Line during rush hour!)

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We’ve been staying in Flushing, a coastal village south of Truro, the only city in the county of Cornwall.

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From Flushing, we took the foot ferry to Falmouth, which is the largest port in Cornwall. I only managed to spend an hour in the town today, before we had to pop back for dinner but there seem to be so many amazing independent cafes, restaurants and shops in Falmouth that I’m really looking forward to exploring in the next few days. Particularly the charity shops – I’m really looking forward to seeing what local treasures I might find! The festive bunting throughout the town is also such a nice touch, and it all looked so beautiful in the sun.

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And of course, I wouldn’t be able to do a post without mentioning the food here! I’ve already had about three cream teas with Cornish clotted cream, although the jury’s still out on the old Devon vs Cornwall cream tea assembling debate. In Devon, they prefer the scones to be topped with cream first, followed by jam, and in Cornwall they prefer it the other way round. Too hard to tell yet! Back in Flushing, we ate at a wonderful restaurant in the quay called Waterside.

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They had an amazing selection of tapas – I went for the tiger prawns and salt and pepper squid, which were both absolutely divine, and a great selection of seafood dishes. I, of course, went for the paella which was amazing. All the seafood was so fresh and it was absolutely delicious.

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Tomorrow, it’s off to the beach – and to find some Cornishware!