Uk and Italy 2012 travel blog

Wednesday was another lovely day in St Ives. Quite warm actually as the wind we had had previously dropped away, so a perfect day for a wee walk around 'The Island' and a short way along the coastal path to Zennor (south of St Ives). Back into town for a short wander around the town centre, but even out of peak season, it is a very busy place for tourists so not overly fun wandering the small lanes etc until later in the day when things quiet down somewhat. Retreated to the B&B for a catch up on emails, download photos etc. then early afternoon hopped in the car over to see St Michael's Mount (intact and beautiful castle on a very large rock just off the coast which is accessible by foot at low tide and by boat otherwise), a drive through Penzance which is quite a sprawly town requiring more time than we had to explore, before stopping at Mousehole for a late lunch and wander. Very small place based around a lovely and tiny harbour. Lots of people out sitting enjoying the sunshine and a few kids dabbling their toes in the water. The land around this area is very lush and a pleasure to drive through despite the small lanes and many blind corners en route.

After lunch we drove on to Lands End which is the western most point in the UK. This is where the Olympic Torch will start its UK journey on Saturday. The water below them cliff top looked deceivingly calm but on closer inspection looked like a massive whirlpool. Quite dramatic. The weather was still lovely so great to be out there. Then back along the coastal rowd to St Ives. A bit more bleak landscape this time with low hedges And gorse. Lots of low rock walls and was also a mining area (tin and copper). The road takes you through the back yards of farm houses and through the very lovely St Just.

A quiet night in the B&B in preparation for today, Thursday, shopping and gallery day (raining and a bit windy this morning). We are off to the Tate and the Barbara Hepworth Gallery and will be perusing the many small galleries and shops in town also.

B and B very quaint here. Best if you are not too tall! It is lovely to see the fresh new leaves on trees driving down woody lanes. Am thoroughly enjoying this whole experience. Have done and seen so much . Anne Margaret a great travelling companion Enjoys playing around with maps and iPad A marvellous tool and great to have our music played on it while sipping a wine. Obviously this is Janice writing this bit !!

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