Beautiful St. Neot and Golitha Falls

Have you ever seen the movie Hot Fuzz? You know how it has that perfect (seemingly) village that is so pretty and quaint and idyllic? Well, they weren’t making that idea up – England is full of these sorts of places. And once you’ve seen Hot Fuzz, when you visit these sorts of places, you can’t help but wonder what the seedy underbelly is like there. But unless you stay in one of those sorts of places for a period of time, you’ll probably never know. So best to just take the place at face value. One of these...

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Witchy in Boscastle

Would you visit a witchcraft museum? Would you even know where to find one? I certainly never really thought about it and nor did I know such a thing existed. But on a visit to a little village in Cornwall, England, I stumbled across just that. And I couldn’t not go in… Boscastle, a fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, is a pretty little thing. Stone buildings built up around a stone harbour that dates to 1584…it is no wonder that the place is part of “Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. The village is a...

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The Bloomin’ Eden Project

Looking for alternative plans is generally the norm when bad weather puts a damper on outside sightseeing. A museum visit is an easy idea. However, with a little digging, you can sometimes find something more unique to do. In Cornwall, if the weather is gloomy, you can still wander cliffs and bluffs like the ones found in areas such as Land’s End. But if it is out right raining, why not check out Eden Project. It’s a great place where you can be outside without actually being outside! Eden Project is located in Cornwall, England. It is a fairly...

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Ten Points for Gloomy Weather at Land’s End

When I travel, I normally beg the weather gods to sunnily smile down on me for the entire length of my trip. I’m greedy like that. However, there have been a few times when I did actually want cloudy skies. One such time was in Cornwall, England. While I didn’t want out right rain, gloomy weather along the coasts of England appealed to the inner romantic in me (I may have read one too many English classics). On the most western point of mainland England, one can find an area aptly called “Land’s End”. While it is somewhat marred...

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The Brisons, aka Charles de Gaulle in the Bath

Calling all Francophiles and golfers! Did you know that you haven’t missed your chance to golf with General Charles de Gaulle? Not only that, you can play golf while watching him float on his back in his bathtub! That’s gotta be on someone’s bucket list, somewhere. No? Not appealing, you say? What if I said Charles de Gaulle was rock and the bathtub was the Atlantic Ocean? Much better, eh. Charles de Gaulle in the Bath is actually a natural phenomenon – it is a double peaked islet just over 1.5km from the shore of Cape Cornwall in England....

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Itty Bitty Launceston Castle

When people talk castles, we mostly tend to think of giant buildings, luxurious surroundings, and lavish lifestyles. Okay okay, all castles would have had a lavish lifestyle attached to them at some point but not all were giant. In fact, some were little itty bitty things. One could even say that a modern day comparison would be that some were like a little downtown penthouse condo and some were Hollywood-style mansions – both still expensive but clearly different in size. Launceston Castle, located in Cornwall, England, was such a penthouse. Launceston Castle is of Norman origin and of motte-and-bailey...

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Going to St. Ives

St. Ives is one of those places where many people have heard of it but have no idea why they know the name. I think people know of it because of the nursery rhyme (though no one knows if that St. Ives is this St. Ives but either way, even though he has seven wives with lots of cats, it is still just one man who the traveller met). St. Ives is located in Cornwall, England and it is a port town. It got its start back in the 5th century but it didn’t become an “official” town until...

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St. Michael’s Mount – The English Version

Question – who here likes a castle on a hill? Especially an isolated castle on a hill? I know I certainly do. For one thing, it appeals to the rich hermit that lives in me. For another, there is always the possibility of ghosts, and even though I don’t believe in them, I still hold out a tiny tiny sliver of hope to see one. So when the train pulled into the Penzance station and I saw St Michael’s Mount framed against the horizon, I knew that I had to visit this place. St. Michael’s Mount sits on craggy...

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No More Pirates in Penzance

Many places around the world are famous for something in particular. Sure, that “something in particular” can be generally considered clichéd these days but for most of us, seeing it is a guilty pleasure anyway. On the flip side, sometimes when you find out that the “something in particular” doesn’t actually exist anymore, you kind of feel guilty for feeling disappointed. In a way, I had this experience with Penzance, a town made famous for its pirates (ie. the comic opera by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert). The smart part of me knew that of course there would...

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The Cornish Restormel Castle

One of my favourite castles in Cornwall, England was Restormel Castle which can be found near the town of Lostwithiel. I really liked it because it is of the motte and bailey style and I remember having to build one in high school for my history class. So it was pretty neat to actually see a real one in person! Restormel was one of four Norman castles of Cornwall and was built around 1100 AD. It was built in the middle of what would have been a sizeable hunting ground so its original purpose probably would have been jointly...

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Who Am I?

My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job which is in a cubicle while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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