Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Cornwall Pt 1: Pasties and Rainforests

Cornwall is my secret escape. Everyone has a place in the world that they always come back to; a place that makes them feel young again, a place that makes them feel truly alive. Cornwall will always be that place for me. It was my dad's childhood holiday destination and when we were little he took us to the beaches he loved - long summer days happily spent on sprawling beaches digging holes and sand boats, sucking ice cream from the ends of the cones, eating fudge on sunny harbours. When I got older I went with my friends and danced in Newquay night clubs, fell off surf boards and burnt my nose trying to get the perfect tan. It is one place I always go back to. 

So, after the slightly disastrous end to our Turkey adventure, my boyfriend and I packed up the car, booked a perfect little B&B and headed off down the winding roads. Our first stop was the Eden Project - I'd been twice before, but there's always something new to see. If you have never been, the Eden Project is a garden attraction run by a social and environmental charity, two huge biodomes showcasing plants from all over the world. 




It's pretty impressive at a first glance.


Winding down the paths towards it, you come across all sorts of impressive touches...some of them a little scary...




Now, I was two things: hungry, and in Cornwall. So where do you think we headed first? 



Well, obviously. Defying my Mum and Dad, who would always insist on walking round before eating, we headed straight there. There's really nothing like a real Cornish pasty - piping hot, in a paper bag. We split a cheese & onion and a steak one. 


Greedy...




I really love how the whole place is so bright and colourful.





I instantly felt in the holiday mood as we headed into the Mediterranean dome. While the domes do obviously have a number of plants for any botanical fans, they also have lots of other little touches to make it interesting for everyone. 








Now this is my kind of plant... 




But you can keep that away from me!




We then headed into the tropical rainforest biodome, which is breathtakingly beautiful. It's terrifying to think that the real life version of this stunning area is being destroyed so rapidly. 






Having a leaf...






Something that was new to the biodome was the ability to walk up floating stairs to a high viewing platform suspended at the very top...




Now, for someone with a slight fear of heights, this was just a little scary - but the views were completely worth it. 




When we got to the bottom, we were rewarded with the sight of a (sadly virgin) cocktail bar!




And as the money goes to a good cause, we decided it would be rude not to... 




The Eden Project really is an amazing, thought provoking place. It made me consider how lucky we are to live in such a developed world, and how we really do need to take care of it. Even if you can't make it down to Cornwall, you should have a look at all the great work the Eden Project do here.


We headed back, tired and happy, to our beautiful B&B. We were lucky to get a garden room - basically our own little villa, with a patio outside leading onto the garden. We got dressed for dinner and headed into Newquay. 




Newquay is full of places to eat but I knew where I wanted to go... 



Senor Dicks! The best Mexican in England, in my humble opinion, with huge, messy, unbelievably tasty portions of burritos, fajitas and nachos.



We ate till we could eat no more and then wandered along the coast to the pub for a quiet night out. Isn't it beautiful? 




Once again I've written too much, so you'll have to wait till tomorrow for surfing, Padstow and Rick Stein. Cornwall, I love you!
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7 comments

  1. Great pictures doll cool place.
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  2. I used to go there when I was younger, I would like to go back now to appreciate it more! Xx

    Olivia - cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Those domes look incredible! I would love to go here someday. Looks lovely!

    Zoe
    The Caribbean Flower

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  4. Looks lovely! I love Cornwall but have never visited the Eden project so will definitely take a trip there next time I'm down there.

    K x

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  5. im so lucky that i actually live here!!xx

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  6. I love Cornwall, the Eden project is always fab! x

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  7. I've been twice myself, and saw Brandon flowers and blink 182 at the Eden sessions. Such a great place, I'd love to go every year if I cold, never gets boring :)

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