First day in Falmouth and we decided to take it easy. After all the driving yesterday, we left the car parked all day today and started with a walk around the town. It's a sweet medium sized town and harbour. There's lots of art galleries and craft shops selling pieces by local artists. Like most Cornish towns it is very steep and there are steps and hills everywhere, including the cottage we are renting. It is on three levels. As you come in the front door you walk into the kitchen, from there you either go up a flight of very steep stairs to the bedrooms and bathroom, or you go down a very steep set of stairs to the lounge and the outside courtyard. The problem is if you are downstairs in the lounge you have to go up to the third level to go to the loo. After a week here we will have buns of steel!!
We tasted the delights of traditional Cornish pasties for lunch then took a leisurely boat trip along the Fal river. We both love being on the water and the scenery was beautiful. There are some gorgeous houses along the river and it was peaceful just sitting there in the sun watching the sites pass by.
After jumping off the boat it was time for a afternoon cream team.....life is just so hard!!
We stayed in and had dinner at home and an early night.
Next morning it was back into the car as we decided to visit a couple of the little fishing villages and also see the Eden Project.
First off we went to Mevagissey. A picturesque fishing village, with more steep narrow lanes filled with shops and cafes.
Polperro is another fishing village on the south east Cornish coast. Again, like most of these villages it is steep and narrow. Although they are still working fishing villages, there is a big focus on tourism as a major industry and they cater to the tourists with all the souvenir shops. People come to see the traditional fishing villages but the vast majority of the people staying in the villages are now visitors and the locals move away.
The Eden Project is about 5 miles outside St Austell. It took about 2 1/2 years to create and opened in 2001.
It has biomes (plastic domes) that house plants from all around the world. One biome replicates the rainforest environment the other replicates the Mediterranean. They are fascinating and the plants are amazing as are the outside flower beds. There is a wild flower garden that has a myriad of colours. It looks as though a rainbow has shattered and all it's colours fell in shards to the earth.
We headed back home to await the arrival of my brother and his family. They are coming to spend the weekend with us, but because of the kids being at school could not leave until late afternoon. I haven't seen them for 4 years so really looking forward to spending a couple of days together. We are staying with them for our last week as well, but nice for us to all be away together.