Thursday, 29 April 2010

Cornwall Part 2: Things to do

There is so much to see in Cornwall. We wanted to enjoy the resort, so we picked just a few things to see and do. We ended up being really happy with our itinerary. Here are some Cornwall sights that I recommend:

The Eden Project. Quite simply amazing. Once inside the biomes, it truly felt like we were on another continent. The rainforest biome is huge and hosts plants from South East Asia, Western Africa and South America. It was hot inside the rainforest biome, which was a nice change from the freezing English weather. Kind of like we had two holidays in one. OK, not quite, but it briefly felt like we had transported to a tropical, exotic holiday. (Biome temperatures range from 18C to 35C, with humidity at 90%.) The Mediterranean biome was both cooler in temperature and smaller in size, but still very beautiful.

Cornish fishing villages. During a past visit, I visited the gorgeous and very quaint Polperro. This time we heeded local advice and headed to Mevagissey. My daughter enjoyed an authentic cornish ice cream by the harbour and we all admired the rustic, charming fishing village. What is it about a harbour full of boats? Gorgeous.

Padstow. Also known as 'Padstein' thanks to Rick Stein's several restaurants in the town. Padstow was more gentrified than Mevagissey. Our main purpose for visiting Padstow was to eat at one of the Rick Stein establishments. We settled on Stein's Fish and Chips. Fresh fast food on the harbour. No reservation needed, but we did have to queue for about 20 minutes. The beer-battered cod was worth the wait. The dessert, so-so.

We didn't make it to St Ives and St Michael's Mount this time, but having visited both places before, I would recommend adding them to your itinerary if possible.

Have you been to Cornwall? Any favourites you'd like to share?
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