Eden Project

Trip Start Oct 11, 2009
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Trip End Mar 10, 2010


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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The previous night was a shocker trying to find somewhere to park... we thought it would have been nice to stay in the village of Fowey, but by the time we got there it was well after dark and I was jack of driving.

It looked like all good roadside parks were double yellow lines(for those that don't know, in the UK that means no parking) We discovered later that it only applied during the high season, but we couldn't see those signs in the dark. The rest of the town was full of steep, narrow, winding streets impossible to park on.  So we decided to cut our losses and find a park close to the Eden project which was our first port of call in the morning.  Still, the dark made our task of finding a good freecamping spot a difficult one, and took another hour before we had settled in for the night. I was pretty crabby by this stage so finding a spot to stop was a welcome relief.
 
The Eden Project opened at 9am and we were the first to arrive.  It was a gorgeous day with the morning mist clearing to reveal clear blue skys... were we really still in the UK? The project is made of us 3 biomes (Mediteranian, Tropical Rainforest and outside gardens) and the Core which is really an education centre.

The Med Biome gave us an insight into the types of plants (both food and wild) we would be encountering over the next few months in Italy, Spain, Morroco and Portugal. The temperature in this biome was not much different to the outside temperature which is a testiment to the great day we had.

The Tropical Biome was great, just like being in an Asian or Central American rainforest - hot and humid. Lots of familar plants here as we have spent alot of time in the tropics - it felt very authentic except for the lack of animals... I half expected an orangutan or howler monkey to appear in the trees. This really got us excited about our trip to Central America early next year and we had to remind oursleves that there are exciting travels to be had here and now.

The educational "Core" was interesting enough but I felt the missed a real opportunity to really engage people and educate them in practical steps everyone can take to hlep the environment and local ecology. What about crop rotation to help the soil? Or growing gowing multiple crops which have a symbiotic affect such that pesticides and fungicides are not need? Nada!

But all in all the visit was we worthwhile if only for the excitment it created for our future travels.

From there we headed back to Fowey, this time in the daylight for a late lunch. It is a quaint harbour town in a bay twined with a similarly pretty village on the other side of the inlet(name unknown). We spent an hour wandering through the little alleys and checking out the wee shops before making our way over the ruins of St Catherines castle on the headlands.
 
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