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!


P.S. I started cross-stitching again 🙂


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…)









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

Merlin x


Still alive, just studying

I’ve been off for a while from the blog. First the Brexit disentanglement, second the university books were requiring my presence so…. well, no time to write or even check the drafts I had written!

Well not many news anyway. So from September 1st, expect 1) pictures 2) some rants 3) a book.

And don’t forget to check what my kitties are up on Instagram too 🙂

Exciting times ahead!! 🙂

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:

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 😉

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


Land’s End cat – our first welcoming local (and the last LOL)
Land’s End view
View of the visitor centre
View of Land’s End Inn
View of cliffs and sea
More cliffs and sea
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More views of some cliffs
…. more cliffs….
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 🙂

Main beach
View of the bay and the fantastic colour of the sea
Houses with thatched roofs
More lovely houses
View of an alley
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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