Newquay, Cornwall
Newquay, Cornwall

My wife and I have just returned from a weekend breakaway to Cornwall. It was a rather important birthday (I dare not say which one!) for her and we decided to get out of London. We didn’t want to go too far or spend too much because we are going on our Mediterranean cruise in less than 3 weeks time. Whoopee!

Before this weekend, all I knew about Cornwall was that it was about the only place in the UK where you could surf. I wasn’t expecting too much, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Newquay reminds me a little of Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Especially with the focus on surfing. St Ives is a fantastically picturesque village on the sea. I’ll upload some pictures soon. It doesn’t quite have the vibe of Newquay, but it is really gorgeous. Understandably a lot of English painters live in St Ives. The whole place is also full of exclusive art shops.

For surfing; the breaks actually looked really good in Newquay and St Ives. The JBay boys will have a whale of a time here. The quality of surfing was also surprisingly good. I did get some photos, but the light didn’t really play along so they aren’t that good.

Macro Blue (Eden Project)
Impressive Eden Project
The famous Eden Project is also near Newquay (about 20 miles away). This is something I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I was astounded by what they have managed to build there. It is one of the most satisfying “tourist attractions” I have been to in the UK. If you’re into plants you’ll have to be dragged away from there. The flowers are extraordinary – I took some nice (hopefully) macro photos as well. I’ll post some soon. They also cater for children in a novel way. The kids are kept busy all the time – they aren’t even irritating! No it has nothing to to with the cannabis they produce there!! LOL! Seriously though, the cannabis or hemp section is very interesting.

Cornwall gets a big “thumbs up” from me. So far this is my favourite county in the UK. I’ll definitely try and visit again – hopefully next time in the summer.