The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Cobblestones, Cottages, Castles and Cliffs

Cornwall 186
We’ve just returned from a wonderful vacation in beautiful Cornwall. Over the years I had seen many postcards and pictures of this magical place. Yet I do not think I was completely prepared for its simple beauty. Cornwall is wild and rugged, it is lush and green, rainy and misty. A land of myths and magic. It is a place of secret coves and smugglers caves; castles and cottages; pubs and inns; pasties and clotted cream; cobblestoned lanes and winding streets. And flowers – flowers, flowers everywhere. It was breathtakingly pretty, in an understated sort of way. Needless to say, I fell in love with the place and, me being me, instead of just being content that I have seen Cornwall and can move on to some other place … well, all I want to do now is go back again.
Mawgan PorthCornwall 272
We stayed in a cottage in the small hamlet of Trennance – about a mile up the hill from Mawgan Porth.
TrennanceCornwall 781
We were lucky enough to visit many small towns and villages:
TintagelCornwall 039
Port IsaacCornwall 145
WadebridgeCornwall 231
St IvesCornwall 311
Mousehole (yes, there is really a place called Mousehole but it is pronounced Mawzole)Cornwall 390
TruroCornwall 437
St Michael’s MountCornwall 457
Plymouth (in the neighbouring county of Devon)Cornwall 508
As you can appreciate, I cannot talk about all these places in one post. So I’ll  spread out the posts throughout the summer and, hopefully, those of us dealing with sweltering heat will be cooled down by the gentle rain of Cornwall.


  1. Cornwall is a place i often read about in novels. from the pictures you took, it looks really wonderful.

  2. Loree, are you a professional photographer? These shots are simply breathtaking!

  3. Cornwall is astonishingly beautiful! Glad you had a lovely holiday. xoxo, B

  4. I haven't been to Cornwall yet, but the whole coast is so beautiful. I spent each year a week in Eastbourne which is just after Brighton and know the coast til after Hastings. The cliffs are white, the sea is so blue and the little villages all along so cute. My friend from the côte d'Azur told me once, that if the weather at the English coast would be the same like at the Côte d'Azur, all tourists would move to England !
    Thank you for your birthday wishes !

  5. You chose a pretty place to visit. Even when it rains it can be a delightful place.

    Don't forget to email your address when you can, so I can send your prize. :)

  6. Lovely photos. It is refreshing to look at these photos because like you, mid-Atlantic summer feels like being in an oven...phew. I can't wait for some rain.

  7. Amazing photos Loree, you're making me want to visit!

  8. Looks like a pretty place to visit. Lovely photos!

  9. Hi Loree,
    It really is beautiful there and you have reminded me that it's been way too long since my last visit. I am off the Devon on Sunday so will share those pics with you.

  10. Dear Loree - once again you have taken me to a lovely place. I have always wanted to go to Cornwall. Just saying the name evokes thoughts of stone places. You got some lovely pictures. Please...share some more...looking forward to seeing them through your eyes. Have a great day and God Bless!

  11. love the photos....reminds me of Ireland. :)

  12. What a beautiful place to see through your artistic eye of a photographer!

    I can tell you're smitten by this area :-)

  13. Wow! So beautiful! My hubby and I JUST got our passports this month, so I am eating up all this European travel advice! Just love it. Hope you're having a wonderful day so far!

  14. i'll look forward to those posts of cool and green cornwall with our recent run of 100 degree heat!

    that is such a mystical part of the world - not surprising for it to be the birthplace of the arthurian legends.

  15. What a beautiful place, so green and cool looking! I love the plants growing on the wall in St Ives.

  16. It looks idyllic! A holiday to a nice drizzly Cornwall sounds like a dream right now in this 37°C heat. I've never been but I've always wanted to, it seems so romantic with the little fishing villages and secret coves. I can understand why you want to go back.
    x x

  17. Fabulous photos. I love everything about English scenery and I am thrilled you had a wonderful trip. I love rain, mist, cool dampness..everything that spells England and its weather. Beautiful photos of the sweet little towns and hamlets.

  18. Fabulous photos. I love everything about English scenery and I am thrilled you had a wonderful trip. I love rain, mist, cool dampness..everything that spells England and its weather. Beautiful photos of the sweet little towns and hamlets.


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