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St. Ives, Cornwall, England

Greetings from the People's Republic of Cornwall - the place we've visited on this trip that feels the most like home. The town of St. Ives (in the county of Cornwall) is a well known spot for artists and it has a Santa Cruz/Berkeley vibe to it. We have enjoyed a nice week chilling out in the seaside town at the southwest tip of England.

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We've had mostly foggy/drizzly days this week but the fog did burn off a couple of days to give us glorious sunny afternoons. My highlight of the week was walking the coastal trail from St. Ives towards Zennor and taking in the beautiful scenery. The vistas looked just like the Northern California coast and made me a bit homesick. After our walk we played a fun game of putt putt golf overlooking the beach.

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Gracie's highlight was taking two days of surfing lessons and she is hooked. She can't wait to go out again with her Uncle Jimmy. While she was surfing, Lucy and I had a lot of fun boogie boarding in the waves.

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One day this week we decided to drive around Cornwall and spent the afternoon at a castle on a rock called St. Michael's Mount. We had to take a ferry out to the still-occupied castle but were able to walk back to shore during low tide. It was a really cool experience. In reading my "Hello!" magazine (British mag. similar to "People") I discovered that Prince Charles and Camilla (Duchess of Cornwall) also visited St. Michael's Mount this month. I guess you could say that we are hob-nobbing with royalty :).

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In addition to the fun mentioned above, we were also able to catch "Toy Story 3" and "Shrek 3" at the local cinema and had wonderful food all week. The area is famous for pasties, a stuffed pie-type food that looks like a calzone. In the 19th century the area was full of tin mines and the miners use to eat the inside of the pies for lunch and discard the crust. They did this to avoid ingesting the tin on their hands. Throughout the county there are smokestacks that are a reminder of their mining past. In addition to the yummy pasties with all sorts of fillings, I really enjoyed the Cornish clotted cream that I ate every day with jam on scones. Delicious!

It's hard to believe but we've just finished the last week of our trip when the three of us will be alone. I've tried my best to appreciate every moment we've spent together and we all agreed that we would miss each other a lot when we got home and weren't together all day.

Tomorrow we head to London to stay with the lovely Fletcher family and enjoy a bbq at their house with all of our Moroccan tour friends (we will all miss G'mama!). We will be at their house in London for several days and then we are heading back to Marrakesh for a week. After that we will be meeting the Pelayos in Paris for the final week of adventure. I'm not sure what type of internet access/free time we will have so this will most likely be it for the blog until the very end of our trip. I promise to do a final entry before we head home on August 15th. Cheers!

Posted by k2arevalo 11:35 Archived in England

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Looks like a great time! How many kids can say they learned to surf in England?! Enjoy your last few weeks and looking foward to seeing all of you when you get home. Safe travels!

by Donna Hill

Your trip sounds amazing! What a wonderful experience for you, Grace and Lucy. Travel home safe.
~Michelle

by mcm002

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