Trip Start Apr 10, 2009
10Trip End Apr 26, 2009
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Grand Princess Caribe Deck
Falmouth, England - We arrived in Falmouth early this morning. The view from Horizon Court on deck 14 is spectacular! The sun was starting to burn off the fog...so everything looked surreal...as if rising out of the sea. We're in a natural deep harbor, the third deepest in the world, Sidney Australia and Rio de Jainero being first and second. The shore is dominated by Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII to guard Cornwall Harbor from possible invasions from the French and Spanish. The invasions never materialized, but the castle was utilized in World Wars I and II. There are beautiful homes dotting the shoreline. It reminds me of the Italian Riviera.
To go ashore, we had to tender to shore, a 20-minute boat ride. We got to ride aboard the Duchess of Cornwall, a local ferry boat hired to help bring us to Falmouth. The sun was shining and the sea was calm, a spectacular crossing. The deckhand was quite friendly and gave us a history of the area.
We arrived in Falmouth Harbor and walked into town from the dock. It is a thriving harbor town, with lots of little shops to buy trinkets and nautical theme items. The National Maritime Museum had a Titanic display. There were lots of shops that sold pasties (they look like small calzones). The smell of the salt air was enjoyable. We passed a small fish and chip restaurant that we decided to eat lunch at. We ordered take-out haddock and chips, and ate out by the shore. There was a cool breeze blowing, and lots of local people walking by going to a department store with potted plants and flowers for sale. People watching has been our favorite part of the trip, watching the locals. We saw couples picking potted plants for their gardens, buying bags of peat moss and dirt and taking them home.
The gardens here in the British Isles are beautiful...no...they're gorgeous. Gardening is a hobby for a lot of people here...and it shows. I've seen everyone out pruning and mowing and planting. They have small plots of land that have gardens that are just as beautiful as the large parcels of land. I'd love to return just to do a garden tour.
We headed back to the port to tender back to the ship in early afternoon. The ride back was rather bumpy...the seas had become choppy, so it was like a roller coaster ride. We leave port at 5:00 PM. We're sitting on deck 14 with its floor to ceiling windows, enjoying the view of the harbor, watching sailboats, helicopters and the tender boats buzzing all around us. There is just a slight bit of haze or fog in the air. There is water lapping at the shore below Pendennis Castle. I'm taking mental pictures of this to store for future reference.
Tonight we'll be entertained by the crew of the ship...from ship room stewards to bartenders. It should be fun. Tomorrow we head to Le Havre...our final stop on this journey.
Patti and Bryan