It was great to spend a few days near Falmouth, even though the weather was not great. We had planned to walk some South West Coast path and drove to the North Coast to walk from Port Isaac to Rock. But it was so grey and dismal we drove there instead. We visited Trelissick and went inside the house for the first time.
We enjoyed a unexpectedly sunny sail around the creek to St Mawes and Falmouth.
We enjoyed a walk around the Lost (but definitely found) Gardens of Heligan.
We then drove on to Mevagissey and wandered around the harbour.
We had a great two weeks sailing along the English coast from Falmouth to Salcombe, the Channel Islands and the North French coast.
We could not believe our luck weather wise, a perfect sunrise welcomed us as we set sail early Sunday morning.
We sailed along the English coast to Salcombe.We arrived during the regatta week with small sailing vessels cutting across our path at every angle.
Our next destination was the Channel Islands. We were welcomed to Guernsey by our 4th pod of dolphins. We have never seen so many dolphins in one sailing holiday.
From Guernsey we visited a surprisingly quiet Sark. This small rugged island seemed a little out of sorts compared to previous trips. After a steep climb from our mooring we enjoyed exploring this eccentric island.
From Sark we travelled to Jersey. The Port at St Helier is guarded by Elizabeth Castle.
We wandered along the coast towards St Aubin. The pictures show the terrific tidal ranges experienced for most of this holiday. Every departure and arrival had to be carefully planned.
From Jersey we sailed to Ile de Brehat on the Northern Brittany coast. We are fond of this french island. It is very popular with French tourists who arrive daily aboard vedettes. It never really feels crowded though and the day trippers depart early evening.
We sailed along the french coast to Trebuerden.
102 mile journey home (20 hours)
In February we spent a few days in Cornwall. We spent a day walking the South West coast path between Bude and Crackington Haven, a distance of 10.2 miles. We have now walked a total of 216.6km (134.6miles) and have climbed 7,898m (25,912ft) since we started this walk at Minehead. Phew!!! :- )
After several weekends stuck indoors due to poor weather we returned to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the starting point for our completed walk along Shakespeare’s Way. Although it was a dull and dismal day it was nice to get out, have Sunday lunch cooked for us and experience places related to Shakespeare that we had not previously visited. We had a wander around the old school that Shakespeare attended and were even given a 16th century style lesson. Interestingly students from the nearby grammar school still have lessons here.
A visit to Birmingham before Christmas was an unexpected treat. The changes taking place in this city have moved it far beyond the dour greyness I remember. There is an exciting fusion of handsome old architecture with newer delights such as the fabulously revamped New Street Station, the new tram system and a quaint pedestrian square emerging amongst interesting older buildings. We walked along the stalls of the unusually and unfortunately quiet German Christmas market (this was a few days after the tragedy in Berlin). A clamber up to the rooftops of the Birmingham Library proved enlightening. These photos from the roof garden were taken with my iphone. For lunch we enjoyed hanging chicken kebabs dripping with garlic butter at the Botanist pub/restaurant. We had an interesting and relaxing day.
The amount of hype this time of year always amazes me. Cook this recipe, buy this present, wear these clothes. All I really want for Christmas is to spend time with those dearest to me and capture magical memories.
We have managed both in the run up to Christmas.
Last Friday we went down to London by train and saw Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. We had a wonderful evening after having no idea what to expect. There were so many highlights a real eclectic entertaining mix. Interesting bits of science from gravitational waves to beaver scent glands. Great comedy and music rounded off with Duran Duran!
Fortunately we had booked a hotel in Hammersmith as the show began at 7pm and did not finish until 11:15pm. We would have missed so much if we had rushed to catch the last train.
We had a lovely day on Saturday. We had a wander around Stamfords Travel bookshop and made a few additions to our Christmas shopping. This is definitely a place we will be returning to, just loved the range of books and travel related bits.
We then walked towards Euston via Covent Garden. We enjoyed the Wellcome Collection near Euston and the welcome company of family.