Just relaxing in Cornwall
This half term I wanted to have a nice break without leaving the country. Turns out it is perfectly possible to achieve an amazing holiday experience without leaving good old England.
With small kids there is always a significant degree of stress that comes with leaving the country even for one week. Getting to the airport on time, sorting all your suitcases, feeling nervous about whether the local milk or food available in your arrival destination is going to accepted by the kids - especially when you got a couple of fussy ones like mine.
So this time around I wanted to try an easier approach. At first, heading to Cornwall for half term week does not seem like the easy way out. It involves getting on the motorway like every other schmuck who had the same idea - and a four hour car journey easily turns into a seven hour one with a bit of traffic. That’s precisely what happened to us on the way there.
But I can honestly say that what was waiting for us at the end was worth every frustrating second of our slow journey to Cornwall.
All those endlessly long sandy beaches, beautiful flowers and gardens everywhere. As a personal favourite I have to mention Trebah garden, which is an absolute must see. Walking through the most amazing rhododendrons and azaleas, this downward sloping garden eventually brings you to a peaceful bay and a beach with crystal clear water.
Just before walking past the stone wall guarding the beach you will see the most beautiful bridge over a pond that is literally like a Monet painting. Next to the pond there is a plaque to commemorate American soldiers who left from that spot to Normandy to fight in the Second World War. It is so powerful you cannot help but stop and feel moved by the history of those men leaving this paradise like place to go and face hell on earth all those years ago. My whole week in Cornwall was full of such experiences of just pausing to take in beauty, history and life.
The weather, of course, is said to be unpredictable but we had nothing but warm sunshine apart from one rainy day. I think heading to South Cornwall is definitely a good idea on days when the weather forecast is looking less promising. The southern beaches seem significantly more sheltered from the Atlantic winds.
Looking forward to planning another driving holiday now in August - this time heading to Brittany and possibly exploring further along the West Coast of France.