On the weekend of November 19 I went on my HOST visit to Cornwall. The train journey from London Paddington took about 5 hours, winding through the forest and hills beyond Devon to the very southwestern tip of England. There I discovered enchantment.
I was met at the station in a little village called St Erth by my hosts Bob and Michele, an older couple who live in a lovely late Victorian home that was once a doctor's house at the turn of the century. I dropped my things off in my room (which was lovely and very comfortable with a big doube bed) and went downstairs for tea and scones, and found out that Bob and Michele had the whole weekend planned out for me. It was great, because my primary reason for doing a HOST visit was to experience a bit of British culture outside of London and university.
|St Michael's Mount|
On the way back to the house, Bob and Michele took me to a themed restaurant called the Meade House in Newlyn, the town where Michele was born. This restaurant specializes in traditional Cornish meade (a drink made from barley and honey that is very sweet and tastes not unlike cough syrup) and food you eat with your hands. It was delicious and reminded me a bit of Medieval Times in Buena Park, CA, only without the jousting arena and stadium seating.
I woke up early on Saturday. Michele had breakfast all ready for me. Scones, fresh pineapple, cereal and tea. Then we went down to the local farmer's market. In a village as small as St Erth, the farmer's market was literally a room in the town church where locals sell fresh veggies, meat, and handmade crafts. One lady was selling the mos amazing and strange-looking cabbage I'd ever seen.
|look at this cabbage!|
|st erth church|
|in the bird bath|
|i loved the decore of bob and michele's home. so quaint!|
|by the sea|
|st ives harbour|
Day 3 was my last and favorite of the trip. Bob and Michele took me to north Cornwall to see the ruins of Tintagel Castle. If you're a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, this is where King Arthur was allegedly born. It's a place I've always wanted to see and it was just as mystical and lovely as I'd ever hoped it would be!
|outside looking in|
|tintagel castle ruins|
Afterword, we drove to a small town close by called Boscastle before heading back. I caught the train at Bodmin, said goodbye to my amazing hosts, and headed back to foggy London. It was a fantastic experience, and I'd definitely recommend going to Cornwall. It's up on my list of "most beautiful places I've visited."