The train journey: London to Cornwall

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As I am currently on the train from Truro in Cornwall to London Paddington, I thought I’d share a few pictures from the 4+ hour long journey.
It’s the only train journey I have been on that reaches right out to the edge of the sea at Teighnmouth and Dawlish. The cliffs are built of clay here which gives the water a reddish turn, and as you can see these pictures have been taken on a cloudy day!
I’ve been doing this journey for quite a while now and a view of something as well as a good book always helps to pass the time!

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Hawker’s Cove

Cornwall, Travel

If you were given these images, I doubt you would instinctively think, ‘England’. Hawker’s Cove, is a beach that lies at the mouth of the River Camel, about two miles from Padstow. At low tide, a great expanse of sand is revealed. You can reach it by walking via Padstow Harbour, but there is more to explore if you park in the farmer’s field the other side at¬†Lellizzick Farm and walk down to it.

Here is a view from the coastal path on the way down to the Cove:

The coastal path takes you through a forest of trees

When you reach the Cove on a sunny day, the sun catches the sand and it looks white and golden

You can spend the day watching the boats pass by, and have a picnic on the sand!

It could be the Med ūüôā

The Eden Project

Cornwall, Travel

There is so much to see and learn at¬†The Eden Project, in Cornwall. I have been several times now, and it’s not just something to do on a rainy day. It’s a great place to go, especially when the sun is out, as it comes through the biomes. It’s amazing to be able to escape to a rainforest full of steamy jungles and waterfalls, when you’re only in the UK. The biomes take you to another place, on a journey – the smell of the¬†Mediterranean, and the heat of the Rainforest¬†hits you as soon as you walk in.

The messaging of regeneration and sustainable living is behind everything you see, including the architecture and sculptures, as well as the vegetation. It’s a great place for adults and kids to learn about nature, the variety of plants and where they come from in the world.

There is such an array of colours to see all in one place. On the paths, there are some great places to sit and take it all in too. This is one of my favourites, with the pink vine flowers overhanging above the white stone seat.

Descriptions and sayings can been seen on stones and wood amongst the flowers and plants, like the one below.

Look at the colours of all these flowers – not sure which is my favourite – wish I could look at all of them every day!

Pink Flower, The Eden Project

Pink Flowers, The Eden Project

Red Flowers, The Eden Project

Bright flower, The Eden Project

There are always events going on so click here to see what will be happening in May. These mini guides are helpful too.

Snowboarding at Sixt Fer √† Cheval

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Le Grand Massif, France

Less than a 2 hour flight, and then a drive across the border from Geneva airport to the¬†the Samo√ęns area of the¬†French Alps, this is a destination that’s perfect for a long weekend adventurous get-away. This March was the second time that I’ve been, and we stayed with our good friend and his family, who run a business out there called¬†L’Oreade Chalets. We stayed here with them in¬†Sixt Fer √† Cheval,¬†in the valley.

The snowboard/ski area is called Le Grand Massif. This is the second time we had been snowboarding, and I am now honestly hooked on it! I haven’t really¬†skied¬†much before, which may put me at an advantage or disadvantage, I’m not sure, but it is so liberating once you get the hand of it. The places that you can explore are incredible in this area, and one of our highlights was travelling down the 16km Cascades only 5 days after we started learning last year! It’s a good run to take your time on, because there is so much to see from the very top, all the way down. A real exploration, which I love.

I can be a bit of a tomboy at heart, which may have helped on this trip, as it does put quite a bit of strain on your body if you’re not prepared. But I didn’t mind having to stop quite regularly and be behind the boys, because I could just take in the view! I’d say that 5 days is about right though, to get stuck in and learn enough at the start. My legs gave up after then! Watching out for the advanced 5 year old French kids whizzing past you is something that can be a little intimidating too!¬†Next year, we plan to go in January, when there is fresh snow and not many people about.

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The Cornish Coast

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There are some truly beautiful places to visit in England that often get overlooked I think, and every time I visit Cornwall, there is something beautiful to notice, no matter what the weather.

I took this picture on a recent visit, whilst walking on a trail over looking this beautiful beach. I sat on a wooden bench that was placed there in memory of someone, and read, “Sit a while, look out to sea, look and smile, remember me” which made me stop for a second and take in the view.¬†

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I managed to take a few pictures of several flowers that I saw on the path (but don’t know their names really! Apart from the yellow one which is Gorse flower perhaps?)

Gorse Flower, looking through to Mawgan Porth

Pink flowers near Mawgan Porth beach in Cornwall

There are often people surfing down on the beach, as it is relatively quiet and easy to learn there as you can go in waist deep. The tide changes the look of it quite dramatically. I’ve been quite a few times now, and if anyone wants to have a go at¬†surfing¬†on a family holiday or with friends, I know who to speak to, to arrange it… ūüôā

Cream flowers at the side of the path

Lots more to be said about this area…