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Day 18 - Cornwall

rain 10 °C
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I woke up to the lovely sea view to see the rain coming down. Oh well, not a bad run of sunshine until now. I contemplated staying inside and relaxing for the day, but I thought that would be a waste.
Good job I bought a small umbrella on the first days in London.

I decided to keep things a little light, so I drove off down to the Lizard. I did not realize until now that this place is not called "The Lizard", it is just called "Lizard". It did not take long from Falmouth, but with the rain pouring down, I had to take it real easy.

Just before Lizard, on the right is the turn off to Kynance Cove. When I was little, we stayed there for a few days or week in a little old cottage right on the beach front.
At the moment the cottage is abandoned and fenced off due to the building being condemned.
Opposite to the cottage is now a café. It was nearly high tide, so the sand was not visible. The lady in the café said that most of the sand had been washed away in the recent storms we all heard about recently in the UK. That's a real shame because I remember at low tide, this was one of the most lovely sandy beached I had ever been to. Google with probably show Kynance Cove in all its glory.

Next I decided to head back to Falmouth, with the rain still coming down, I headed to Pendennis castle. This is quite an unusual castle, as it has been modified during WW2 to defend Falmouth. The old castle walls are covered in grass, and in one or two places they can be seen next to the newer structures.
Many of the gun emplacements are still intact as well as the bunkers where they stored the ammo for the guns.
You can't see it in the photos, but it was still raining steadily.

In the keep, on the top main floor, typical as in many of the museums I have visited is a display that starts up as you walk into the room. In this room are canons pointing at various angles out to sea. As you walk in, the display starts up with booms as the guns go off and smoke machines for effect. "Ok me 'eartys, ther be a ship out to sea. Load! Fire!"

Feeling a little tired and still yet to have a lazy day, I headed back to the hotel and relaxed on the balcony for a couple of hours. Luckily, the rain stopped a little while before and the sun came out in full force determined to make up for being missing in action earlier.

So that's my time in Cornwall. Next I am heading off to see some relatives for a couple of days before heading off to Munich. I will give the sight seeing a break until then, so probably there will be not more posts until then.
Bye for now.

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Posted by AlastairPorritt 22:48 Archived in United Kingdom

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