My heart belongs in Cornwall... (Part 2)

Blogging about my holiday to Cornwall last September has made me really want to go back again soon, ideally forever... that would be wonderful! You can find Part 1 of my Cornwall adventure here.
The Eden Project, Cornwall.
Dad with his new (temporary) wheels!
The next place we visited during our week in Cornwall was The Eden Project. Here my Dad had his first experience on an electric wheelchair that we were able to hire there for the day, this certainly kept us on our toes!
L: The Mediterranean Biome. R: The Tropical Biome.
The Eden Project was opened in 2001 and is located in an old china clay quarry not far from the towns of St. Blazey and St. Austell. It is dominated by two covered biomes - one tropical & one mediterranean, there is also the uncovered biome that represents the temperate regions. The biomes hold plants and flowers collected from all over the world.
Bee Sculpture at The Eden Project, Cornwall.
Each dome emulates a natural environment, so being dressed for the Great British weather outside (rain, obviously) left us feeling very overdressed inside - the tropical biome was so warm my camera lens kept steaming up!

Alongside all the plant life, there are also several sculptures & pieces of art; these are truly amazing creations that compliment and are complimented by their surroundings. The whole place really is stunning!
Sculptures at The Eden Project, Cornwall.
The Eden Project is a wonderful experience and I highly recommend spending a day there if you ever go to Cornwall (you'll certainly need a whole day!). As well as learning a thing or two, it is also lovely just to walk around all the beautiful foliage and flowers.
Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall.
The next day we travelled to the city of Truro for the day, the place that my Great-Grandpa, Reginald Penrose, was born. My Dad was interested to visit the Cathedral as it was here that my Great-Grandpa was baptised. Truro Cathedral took 30 years to build and was opened in 1910. The architecture of the Cathedral is gothic-revival and it is magnificent! As you can see from the picture above with it's beautiful stained glass windows.

Truro has a lot of lovely Georgian architecture and cobbled streets, whilst also being relatively wheelchair friendly. We mostly spent our time here eating & wandering, we also stumbled upon a statue of The Great War (below) where we found several Penroses. I don't know if any of them might be ancestors yet but I plan to find out!
L: Coinage Hall & The Great War statue, Truro. R: Finding Penroses on the statue.
Jamaica's Inn, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
The following day Andrew & myself drove to Bodmin Moor to visit Jamaica Inn; having recently discovered the work of Daphne du Maurier I was eager to visit the place that inspired her to write her novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn.
Jamaica Inn is near the middle of Bodmin Moor and as well as being the setting for du Maurier's novel, it is also known for being the base of smugglers in the past. It is also allegedly one of the most haunted places in Great Britain (oooherrr). We only really wandered around the gift shop and sat in the stocks this time, but there is a Museum of Smuggling there too which hopefully we'll visit next time.
Bodmin Jail, Bodmin, Cornwall.
After Jamaica Inn we visited Bodmin Jail (Gaol) which is a historic former prison on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Here we had a wander around the outdoor bits and admired the old architecture of what is the last prison in Cornwall. It was built in 1779 and closed in 1927, now the majority of the buildings are in ruin but what does remain is quite haunting in the indications of its past use.
We weren't able to do the inside tour this time (we didn't have the most successful day museum-wise...) but we did enjoy a lunch of burger & chips in the restaurant - every cloud, eh?!
Bodmin Jail, Bodmin, Cornwall.
Land's End, Cornwall.
On our last full day in Cornwall we drove down to Land's End - the most westerly point of Cornwall and England. Land's End is one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points of Great Britain; John o'Groats being the other, on the tip of Scotland. It would take 1,153,680 people to form a human chain the length of the route!

Land's End is very commercialised, it started to be turned in to a theme park in the late 80s, you can't even get close to the iconic signpost without paying to do so (or at least you couldn't when we were there in September). Other than that though the rest of Land's End is pretty spectacular, you can see right along the cliffs and way out to sea! It is also fairly wheelchair friendly, which as you may have guessed is always an important factor for us.
The Signpost, Land's End, Cornwall.
L: The Cornish Flag. R: The First & Last Refreshment House in England, Land's End, Cornwall.
After a very windy stroll and a cheeky ice cream we headed to Penzance, the most westerly major town in Cornwall. Here we saw the gold painted post box for the gold medal won by Helen Glover in the Women's Coxless Pairs (rowing), the first gold medal won by Team GB in the 2012 Olympics.
Penzance, Cornwall.
Jubilee Pool, Penzance, Cornwall.
After some exploring of the harbour we ventured over to the Jubilee Pool, which sadly had just closed for the winter. The pool was opened in 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and is the UK's largest seawater lido. Oh how lovely would it be to spend a summers day here?
St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall.
After a late lunch in Penzance and trying to navigate the wheelchair around the shopping area (hills are not our friends) we decided to head back to Looe, but not before a quick trip to see St. Michael's Mount.

St. Michael's Mount, or in Cornish: Karrek Loos yn Koss, meaning "grey rock in the woods", is a tidal island off the Mount's Bay coast of Cornwall. It is connected to the town of Marazion by a man-made cause-way and is passable only when the tide is low; you can also reach the island by boat during high-tide. Unfortunately we didn't have time to venture over to the island this time, and with limited access we weren't 100% sure the journey over would be an enjoyable one. Nevertheless we sat and admired the view, driving a long as far as we could to see as much as we could.
Cornish Ice cream. Mmmm...
On our last day we stayed in Looe for lunch before Andrew & myself set off on our 5 hour train journey back to London from Liskeard Train Station. Of course we couldn't leave the West Country without more of the good stuff*!

We really only touched on a small part of Cornwall and there is so much more we still need to discover. Cornwall, you are magnificent!

*The good stuff being ice cream

My heart belongs in Cornwall... (Part 1)

I've had this blog post just sitting in my drafts folder for a few weeks now, I'm truly terrible at posting anything I write. This is especially true with travel posts - it took me 11 months to post about my trip to Dublin! And now it's taken me 11 months to post about my trip to Cornwall. You can all expect my posts about New York, Washington & Boston some time in February... Oops.

So, last September I spent a week in Cornwall with my family. This was my first time visiting Cornwall and as I'd expected I instantly fell in love with it! I was very excited to visit the birth place of my ancestors (Penrose is indeed a Cornish name!) - my Great-Grandpa, Reginald Penrose, was born in Truro & grew up in Penzance. I am a Penzance Penrose! :-)
The view from Barn Owl Cottage, Looe, Cornwall.
For the week we rented a beautiful little cottage in Looe called Barn Owl Cottage. The location was so lovely and quiet, with only a few other cottages near-by and as you can see from the picture above, the view was incredible! Moving from the countryside to a city like London, you really miss how wonderful life in the country is, with the fresh air and vast amounts of green. I'm definitely a country girl at heart (but London can be pretty great too!).
A signpost for No Man's Land in Looe, Cornwall.
Looe, Cornwall.
Looe is a beautiful town and somewhere I would love to live one day. It is a small coastal town and fishing port, split in two by the River Looe, with East & West Looe being connected by a bridge. I'm planning to do a separate blog post on Looe because I have so many pictures I want to share!
Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin, Cornwall.
My Mum & Dad :-)
On our first day in Cornwall we went on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, in fact we went up & down on it twice. We are a family of train lovers! Especially my Dad, who, as you can see from the above picture, really loves trains! They were very accommodating with his wheelchair & it was a lovely way to spend a day, the views are fantastic!
I would also recommend grabbing some lunch at Bodmin General Station as there is an old train carriage that you can sit in with your Cornish Pasty, pretty exciting eh!?
The view from the train.
Penrose, Cornwall.
After our hours spent enjoying the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, we went on a drive around the Cornish countryside with one real aim in sight - to visit a small hamlet called Penrose! Now, because Penrose was so tiny all that was really there was a sign or two with the name on, but for a car full of Penroses (Penrosi?) that was exciting enough.
Port Isaac, Cornwall.
Before heading back to Looe we continued on to Port Isaac as this was somewhere Mum was interested to visit. Port Isaac is where they filmed Doc Martin and the Young's Seafood advert with the singing fishermen. Unfortunately Port Isaac is not very wheelchair friendly so we just drove down then back up again, not the easiest thing to do in a small fishing village.
Scallop shells & Sea urchins for sale in Charlestown, Cornwall.
Tall ships in Charlestown, Cornwall.
The following day we went to St. Austell & Charlestown. Charlestown is a beautiful little village and port. The harbour is home to a company that owns a small fleet of tall ships so there's always one or two anchored in the harbour. Charlestown was so wonderfully nautical, something that I love! The sea was lovely and calm on the day we visited too, the whole place felt so relaxed - it was perfect!
Charlestown, Cornwall.
Tea & Scones in Charlestown, Cornwall.
Charlestown is a lovely village & as it is relatively wheelchair friendly (the harbour was anyway) it suited us even better! We also found a great little place called Wreckers to have tea & scones, huge scones to be precise (see above picture). And obviously, we ate our scones the right way (the Cornish way) - jam then cream, thank you very much! Except Andrew who is under the impression that you put cream on first...he's so very nearly perfect.

I'm going to carry this on with a Part 2 because there are so many more pictures I want to include! So, to be continued...