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

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Wednesday Wanderings – The Fairy Island of St Michael’s Mount

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We arrived in Marazion in the early afternoon. Marazion – the word lingered on my tongue as I savoured its strange lilt. The day was overcast, but not too gloomy. My eyes were immediately attracted to the little island across the silvery-blue sea. I had wanted to walk across the causeway to St  Michael’s Mount but the tide was in. So we got there the only other possible way – by boat.
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As we docked, I glanced up at the castle, perched precariously on the rocky hill, and sighed inwardly. Here was the castle from a hundred childhood tales, transported from the realms of fantasy to giddy reality. Surely this was the place that had inspired those stories.
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The castle beckoned, from its giddy height, and up the rugged, ragged steps we went.
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Up and up, all the way to the castle ramparts. We caught out breath and enjoyed the view. For that alone, it would have been worth the climb.
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The castle has belonged to the St Aubyn family since the late 17th century. Once inside, it did not take me long to find a favourite spot or two.
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Like this little reading and day-dreaming nook with views that plunge down right to the sea; and, naturally, the library.
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But I was most enamoured of the views from the terraces – the wide, unobstructed vistas of the ocean.
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But all fairy-tales come to an end, and soon it was time to leave. We walked slowly through the tranquil loveliness of the gardens and caught the very last boat to Marazion.
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St Michael’s Mount may be small but it has its fair share of history and legends. This is Cornwall, after all.
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Location: St Michael’s Mount, Mount Bay, Marazion, Cornwall
July 2012

24 comments:

  1. Loree - this is beautiful - I have always wanted to see Cornwall. Your pictures take me there as well as your words. Thanks as always for sharing. Have a lovely day.

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    1. The place is worth a visit. It's gorgeous.

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  2. at first glance, the topmost photo looks like Mont Saint Michel in France. beautiful.

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    1. Yes, the resemblance is quite striking.

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  3. Hello Loree:
    Despite having friends living close by, we have never actually travelled across to St. Michael's Mount. We now see, from this most interesting and imaginative post, what we have been missing. We do console ourselves though with a small painting of the island which hangs in our Morning Room.

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    1. I think you would enjoy a visit to St Michael's Mount.

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  4. I have never been! One day I will! I love your pictures and descriptions.

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    1. I think it would inspire you Glynis.

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  5. I REALLY want to see Cornwall. I have so many fantasy visions in my head because I think that is where "Larkrise to Candleford" was filmed. Also, I think "Doc Martin" was filmed there too. What a wonderful trip and thank you for sharing the photos.

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    1. You would definitely love it Sarah. It is a place of magic and fairytales.

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  6. I cannot decide if I love the idea of savoring a strange lilt or immediately finding a favorite spot in a castle more. Leave it to you, my dear! Honestly, Loree, what a gorgeous post.

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    1. I love hunting out favourite spots.

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  7. Now this is really a coincidence ! Yesterday I talked with my friend about the Mont St. Michel because we wanted to go there ! Today I read your post ! That gives me a real good idea of how it is in a private point of view and not out of a prospect ! Beautiful pictures !

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  8. Thanks for the delightful tour, Loree! It does seem like the castle of fairy tales, and the library looks surprisingly cozy.

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    1. I really adored that library ...

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  9. What a gorgeous place to visit!
    Those old stone steps could lead to places of dreams xx

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  10. what a beautiful beautiful place. thanks for sharing it with us! (and thank you, as always, for your kind words over at my place)

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    1. I love visiting you Leslie. Thanks for your comments.

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  11. That's such a beautiful place, Loree, and such fascinating to read. I'm glad you share your experience!

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  12. what a glorious place! i thought i was looking at fotos of mont st. michel but never realized there was a similar spot across the channel - magical!

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    1. Yes they are indeed similar and, at first, I had the two places completely mixed up.

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