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, as usual check the ones on my Facebook page too!!

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: Land’s End, Cornwall U.K.

Land’s End was a place we had dreamed of since visiting John O’ Groats (we were living near Thurso back then so it’s just a short drive from there). Both John O’ Groats and Land’s End are not the northernmost or southernmost points in mainland U.K., Dunnet Head in Caithness being the northernmost and Lizard Point in Cornwall the southernmost. The particularity is only the distance between them…. Having said that, in both places what you should expect is… basically nothing and a lot of touristic fluff. However, John O’ Groats was basically free until 4 years ago… whilst the tourism industry has transformed Land’s End in a money-making machine to see three cliffs (which are the same as elsewhere in Cornwall) and a signpost… I was terribly annoyed that only to enter the site by car you need to pay 5£, regardless of how long you will be there. We were there for an hour and it seemed ‘stretched’ and we were fighting boredom…. Not happy and not a site I’d recommend to visit; surely we won’t go back ever again. Last but not the least, if you want to put your face near the signpost you need 1) photoshopping yourself into a bare picture of the signpost or 2) pay 18 friggin’ pounds for a professional photographer who will take a picture of you and the signpost. I obviously skipped the picture and I attach only the signpost LOL

Before getting to Land’s End, if there’s low tide you can drive down and stop at Sennen Cove, about 5-6 miles from Land’s End. There’s no free parking so have some coins with you to park the car. If there’s high tide, it’s only a rocky beach and it’s not worth it. So check tide times before going 😉

Enjoy the pictures, they’re all here and I didn’t put any on my FB page this time, they were all the same! See you soon, Merlin xx

 

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Land’s End cat – our first welcoming local (and the last LOL)
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Land’s End view
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View of the visitor centre
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View of Land’s End Inn
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View of cliffs and sea
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More cliffs and sea
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More views of some cliffs
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…. more cliffs….
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The sign with the most expensive picture ever (if you want to be in it!!)

See you next time! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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 and, as usual, don’t forget to check my Facebook page for more! 🙂

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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). Now onto the pictures and don’t forget to check my Facebook page for more pictures! 🙂

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