Easter in Penzance

March 2008, by Gini

After all the hard work finding a flat, job and new life and some free train tickets going spare, Lauren booked our first trip in England. So we started with the bottom and travelled for five hours until we reached the end of the line, Penzance.

We had high hopes we would have a sunny and hot Easter but the first day set the trend of a cold and windy Lands End, come to think of it, it reminded me of a certain windy Wellington! The weather didn't stop us getting out and walking along the coastline in search of Michael's Mount. Which was a cute rock formation which is only accessible at low tide or boat. Once the tide was out we discovered the yellow brick road to the crazy little village on a mount.

After being sand blasted off the beach we spent the rest of the day moving from pub to pub. We ended up in the Dolphin Tavern for an afternoon snack and Guinness and stayed for dinner. A stack of three different types of fish, Lemon Sole, Haddock & Gurnard which all went down a treat followed by three vege. Highly recommended.

The next day started with the pull of the curtain and a view of the ocean at our doorstep (pity it looked like it was about to rain though). We took to a hired car for a trip further a field. The Eden Project, where eco friendly research takes place and lots of interesting honey comb bubbles full of mini plant inhabitants live within. The African/ Asian Tropics biome was extra hot with Bananas growing in bags on a pulley system, rows of pineapples, rubber trees that really do make rubber and the list goes on.

The Mediterranean biome was a lot cooler and the tulips stole the show there. The purple ones looked like large coffee beans on stalks, imagine how many coffees one of them would make! The biome wasn't the only place plant life grew, the surrounding outdoor area had colourful arrangements with a Japanese garden to boot.

With another day with the car we took to the road once again and travelled in the direction of St Ives and had a few stop offs along the way. The Minack Theatre placed on a cliff in Porthcurno would have been a breath taking back drop for a play at night under the stars. Pity it wasn't open until the summer but I can see why! we nearly blow off the side.

We finished the day at St Ives which was a beautiful bustling little town on the coast with cute streets, noisy football fans (Paul being one of them) and a playful sea for entertainment. The tea wasn't bad either.

Our first Easter in England!

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Our new local. Very tasty food and beverages!

Our new local. Very tasty food and beverages!

The beach treckers

The beach treckers

... and jumps a stream!

... and jumps a stream!

Tulips in full bloom

Tulips in full bloom

Coffee bean?

Coffee bean?

The Eden Project!

The Eden Project!

An incredible setting for a play

An incredible setting for a play