Back from long hiatus

Dear followers,

I am so sorry to have you abandoned 😦 Unfortunately Brexit, studies & dissertation research took a toll on me and I needed a break and therapy. It was also necessary to take a break from any media, social media and anything else. Shut off from the world.

I will come back soon with several pictures from Tuscany (renewing my promise to deliver more Merlin’s Travels series articles), an article about current EU citizens situation and an attempt to build a category only relating to archaeology/history with pictures included.

I have started to go to the gym too, so that I could shrug off some of the anger, anxiety and depression I was feeling of late. I will do everything shortly (I need to hand two assignments in September) so stay tuned!!

Merlin is back!

xx

P.S. I started cross-stitching again 🙂

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Merlin’s Travels: Padstow, Cornwall U.K.

Hello everybody,

I have been away for far so long that I actually forgot what I was writing about before Brexit and the craziness that surrounds the deadline of any of my assignments. It’s bound to get worse because I can barely keep track of what is happening at home, let alone the rest. But I promise I will write something for the blog every now and then. So… I want to re-start my travelling posts and I feel sorry I interrupted the Cornish series. Well to make you feel better about your day I am going to post a few pictures of the beautiful Cornish town Padstow, a place we really loved and where we would like to go back in the next few years. God knows when we will have a holiday and… will we be in UK or not? Well enjoy the pics and if you are staying in North Cornwall don’t miss Padstow!! (P.S. Very sorry these pics are the only ones available to you, unfortunately I have not a FB page anymore after the whole account went into the bin because of post-Brexit hate…)

 

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See you soon!! I hope to publish the post about Eden project and the closing post about Cornish food next two weeks!!

Merlin x

 

Merlin’s Travels: Trewidden Gardens, Cornwall U.K.

This is a garden near Penzance in Cornwall, where we stopped by chance and because we were fancying a cream tea. On our way from Land’s End, I was a bit moody and you know.. what’s better than a fruit scone with clotted cream and homemade jam to cheer ourselves up? So we stopped here just to enjoy the tea room menu and.. we ended up visiting the fantastic gardens, I’d have regretted it if we hadn’t decided so. They were simply fantastic… plus enjoying the best scones of my Cornish stay! The garden is a lovely place full of camellias and century-old magnolia trees, some of them are champion trees. However, if you need more info, here’s the website: http://trewiddengarden.co.uk/

I’ll let pictures speak for themselves…..

P.S. There are no pictures of the fantastic cream tea we were served because I usually prefer to dive into food instead of delaying to do it because I need to take a picture 😉

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Rhododendrons in flower
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A puffed-up Merlin among bluebells and daffodils
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More spectacular rhododendrons in flower
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A lovely pond
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Bluebell Wood
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Rock Garden
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Magnolia tree (champion tree)

See you soon on these pages,

Merlin xx

Merlin’s Travels: St. Mawes, Cornwall U.K.

St. Mawes is a picturesque village on the South Coast of Cornwall, U.K. We got there in the late afternoon and there was no time for us to do anything but a short walk. We will probably have the chance to stay longer in our next holiday! Not much else to say apart from the fact I fell in love with the bay and the lovely houses with a thatched roof ❤ I recommend the visit and you might also stop at a lovely village called St. Just in Roseland, which is quite close to St. Mawes. We didn’t stop there because our car was making a fuss and so we had to postpone that too! Another info: because of the geographical shape of the bay, from St. Mawes you can go to Falmouth only by ferry. If you want to go around by car, it is a long, long way up to the A390, then through Truro and then back down; it takes a couple of hours to drive down there!! Enjoy the pictures 🙂

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Main beach
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View of the bay and the fantastic colour of the sea
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Houses with thatched roofs
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More lovely houses
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View of an alley
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Another view of the bay with the castle in the background

See you soon!

Merlin x

 

Merlin’s Travels: Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan is a restored and lovely garden (one of the biggest in Europe), located near the town of Mevagissey, U.K. Until 1990 it was still covered by brambles, but it is now one of the most visited destinations in Cornwall. Spread on over 200 acres, it is full of luxurious vegetation, romantic corners, beautiful sculptures and picturesque views. It is worth spending a whole day there, especially if the weather is warm and sunny. There are two cafés and a farm shop, where we bought a delicious local cider 😛 Don’t be scared off by the price of the ticket, because it is totally worth it! (tickets can also be bought online and in advance, together with Eden Projects ones).

See you soon for more pictures from Cornwall!! 🙂

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View of Mevagissey from the gardens
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The Italian garden

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Merlin’s Travels: Charlestown, Cornwall U.K.

Charlestown is a little town near St. Austell, Cornwall. It has a fantastic little harbour and it has been often the location where they have filmed many movies.

We got there on a Sunday and, even though it was very late in the afternoon, finding a parking spot was quite a challenge! We ended up parking up the hill. Although we only spent about an hour there, I fell in love with the place. Surely it’ll deserve another visit if I will ever make it to Cornwall again! 🙂 And now onto the pictures, which is what anyone is already waiting for 😉 I’m afraid I’ve no many about this lovely town because both my camera and my mobile phone decided to die at the same time, so I only got a few pictures and many of them too grainy or blurry to be used for the blog.

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Charlestown – sculpture or ship?
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Charlestown harbour with the tall ships
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Beach and sea view on the east side of the harbour
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Beach & sea west side of the harbour
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East side of the harbour
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The harbour
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A very picturesque character.. or a pirate?

See you soon on these pages!

Merlin xx

 

 

Merlin’s Travels: Tintagel, Cornwall – U.K.

Tintagel Castle is a ruined castle on Tintagel island. The village nearby was originally called Trevena, however it adopted the name Tintagel because of the association with the castle (and the florishing tourism business!) in the mid-19th century. As many of you will likely know, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall has been the favourite place where to locate the legendary King Arthur’s castle. Although the actual castle, whose ruins are visible at present, were built in the 13th century by Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, the castle went through several destructions, fires, restorations and additions. The location was rumoured to be King Arthur’s birthplace since Geoffrey De Monmouth had placed the Arthurian legends in Cornwall in his Historia Regum Britanniae in the 12th century. Seemingly, the Earl also wanted to have a connection with the Arthurian legends and decided to built his castle there. Curiously, nor he or one of his descendants ever lived in Tintagel.

Of course, evidence of Arthur’s castle being located in Tintagel (or elsewhere) never existed; however, even if you don’t care about Arthurian legends, Tintagel Castle is still a place full of interesting history and archaeology (don’t miss the ruins at the top of the hill, more ancient that the castle!), astoundingly beautiful views and a coastline full of wildlife. It is definitively a ‘magic place’ to be 🙂 And I, as Merlin, could not avoid to be there in front of Merlin’s cave, could I? 😉 (psst…. I even bought a t-shirt!! 😀 )

The castle has an upper part and a lower part; we didn’t have time to visit the lower one, we spent about one hour and a half there…. In ancient times a bridge was connecting the two parts, now all the paths have been restored by English Heritage but of course… you need to walk up and down many, many, many steps. If you can’t stand heights, don’t consider the visit because steps are narrow and go up quite a bit!!

Pictures don’t do justice to the place and a visit is highly recommended, both to the castle and to the village, where you can also visit the lovely and ancient Post Office. I regret we could not visit the Post Office inside because it was about to close but I attach a picture of it as well. Enjoy!

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Tintagel Old Post Office
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Tintagel Castle plaque
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View from the entrance of the castle (upper part)
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Entrance of the upper castle
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Merlin at Tintagel Castle.. or Merlin’s Castle?!?!?
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View from the exit of the old hall (upper castle)
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View of the lower castle and Tintagel village from up the hill (upper castle)
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View sea dn Merlin’s cave from lower stairs and passage
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View of lower castle from the road leading to the shop and old ticket office