Pirating where it started!

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Jun 12, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Today we are going to where pirating started. Penzance on the south west coast of Cornwall. For you guys who have never travelled, but seen the pirate movies, arrrgh, me hearties etc is actually the Cornish accent. not just pirates, but all of them in that area! We avoided the main roads and took the cliff roads to Penzance which was a great choice, (Thanks to Andrew the Landlord for the suggestion). Barren, open, yet wonderful views of the ocean and cliffs. Also came across a couple of old ruined Tin Mines which is how Cornwall made its money in the old days. The road led through small villages which often consisted of just a farm, church and a couple of cottages, the roads once again designed for a horse and cart rather than cars. Eventually we dropped down into Penzance and parked by the old harbour. The age of this town is overwhelming and if you close your eyes you can imagine the pirates and smugglers running around the cobbled streets , doing their deals and drinking a skinfull of ale at the old pubs that are still here. NO, this is not Disneyland, it is the real thing!

Great seafood lunch by the quay. I have to say the seafood in this area is the best I have ever tasted anywhere in the world, probably because it is fresh of the boat, not processed and factory made and sitting on the shelves of supermarkets. Did I mention it was Fresh? Brilliant!

Then we headed a short distance to St Michaels Mount of King Arthur legend. This is a little island that sits only a few hundred meters of the coast and yet is an island to its own. It has an old priory on the top and a complete working village around the quay. You can get to it by boat, or when the tide is down, walk across the causeway between the waves. I have never been there at the right time to do that and today was not an acceptation, trust my luck! The village of Marrilon around it was about as quaint as it gets, (and just as touristy!)

As we are only going to be in Cornwall for 3 days, we felt the need to cram as much in as possible, so onwards to Lands End, the most Southerly point of Great Britain. Dramatic coastal scenery, steep cliff drops and mist, history and more King Arthur. Oh, and Cream Teas.

Cream Teas are an old tradition, usually taken in the late afternoon, they consist of a scone with raisons, strawberry jam (jelly) and clotted cream. Clotted Cream is the most creamiest, natural cream available and tastes fantastic, the complete opposite to the white poo that comes in cans, difficult to describe but impossible to forget. The lush, green meadows that feed the cows no doubt has an influence on this.

Then we head to a place I had never been too, the Minimac theater which is cut into the cliffs overlooking the Ocean. They have performances there most evenings and how can you beat such atmosphere? Overlooking the stage, way down is the green Ocean. Also from there you can see some of the best beaches in the world. Yes, in the world that I have seen. Incredible coves, surrounded by caves, pristine sand beaches and the most green / blue ocean you have seen. And no Macdonalds, Billboards, flashing lights and cheap rides. Just natural. No hot dog stands, surf shops or gross commercialism, just a small café and a small shop. Perfect.
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