A Cornish holiday – The Eden Project

A visit to the Eden project was on top of my list for our Cornish holiday. I had heard so many great things for this unique place and was really keen to see it. It is set in a big crater, the rather desolate remains from a no-longer used clay pit. It went through an incredible transformation and it is now a destination dedicated to environmentally-friendly agriculture, living in balance with nature, and sustainability.

The Eden project consists of two massive biodomes, surrounded by outdoor gardens, fields, and even small-sized woodlands. The Tropical and the Mediterranean Biomes really dominate the landscape, they definitely made me feel like I had found myself in a sci-fi film. We caught glimpses of them while wandering around the outdoor gardens which felt a bit surreal.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

Outside, we found gardens designed to evoke memories and tantalise the senses. I loved the sweet-smelling, pink rose walk, the fields of daisies, the picture perfect cottage garden, and the Cornish woodland walks. The Boy was quite taken by the hops and barley fields because beer is high up on his list of interests.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall@ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall@ alittleadventure.net

Going inside the Mediterranean Biome felt like I had gone back home. The scent of thyme and rosemary, the citrus trees, the olive groves, the little hillside vineyards, the bright saturated colour of the bougainvillea, the little sparrows fluttering around, the warmth on my skin. Everything felt so lovely and familiar.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

And then we were off to the tropics. The Tropical Biome hosts the largest rainforest “in captivity” in the world. It is a vast indoor jungle, including a waterfall, colourful tropical birds, coffee and cacao plants, and all sorts of nut and spice plants. I loved walking among the tall palm trees, seeing the African totems, peeking inside the south Pacific wooden huts, and then taking in the great view from the canopy walkway. I wasn’t so keen on the humidity though, my hair was rather frizzy and scary by the end but it was a small price to pay.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

We spent the whole day at the Eden project and it was such a wonderful visit. It was so incredible to see how an ugly and deserted crater was transformed into a place simply bursting with life. The Eden project is certainly a thought-provoking, inspiring place, but it’s also just so much fun. I think visiting would be a great experience for people of all ages, I’ve been recommending to absolutely everyone since we’ve been back. And I certainly can’t wait to go back again!

A Cornish holiday – Along the coast

The incredibly varied landscape along the Cornish coast really took me by surprise. I expected to only find rocky cliffs and dark blue, choppy seas. But it was so much more than that!

The south coast was much more tame than what I imagined. The climate is quite mild and so wildflower meadows and shady woods reach the edge of the cliffs. It was so lovely to walk along paths shaded by tall trees with gentle waves tickling the rocks down below. There are beautiful little coves with sheltered sandy beaches; in my experience these were excellent places to look for sea shells carried on the shore by the tide. The weather during our stay was perfect, and so the blue sea looked very peaceful and inviting – if only it wasn’t so cold.

The south coast of Cornwall near Looe @ alittleadventure.net

The south coast of Cornwall near Looe @ alittleadventure.net

Talland Bay on the south coast of Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The south coast of Cornwall near Looe @ alittleadventure.net

On the north coast, I finally found the significantly more dramatic and wild landscape that I expected. A jagged coast, sharp drops, and deep blue waves crashing on the cliffs. However, that’s not the whole story. The water in some sheltered bays was so clear and turquoise and calm, it practically urged me to jump in.

Perhaps the greatest surprise for me was the Atlantic coast near Padstow, where the river Camel meets the ocean. I never expected to find such beautiful, white sand beaches with the sea exhibiting a wide range of greens and blues. It looked practically tropical! I also found it very interesting to explore the grassy sand dunes along this coast, I loved the contrast of colours provided by the grasses, the wildflowers, the sand, and the sea.

The north coast of Cornwall near Tintagel @ alittleadventure.net

The north coast of Cornwall near Tintagel @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The coast of Cornwall was nothing like I expected and very different to any other place in the UK that I’ve seen. Every day I was amazed at the beauty and wide range of the landscape. I can’t wait to go back someday! Have you ever visited Cornwall? What’s your favourite summer holiday destination?

A Cornish holiday – Fishing ports

I was so very charmed by the fishing towns and villages we’ve visited in Cornwall on our recent holiday. Both on the south and north coast, we found tiny little places, so picturesque and quaint, sitting like jewels in hidden coves with turquoise waters. I loved wandering around their winding -and sometimes very steep- streets and found that watching the fishing boats come and go is greatly relaxing. I also really appreciated being able to practically see my lunch being unloaded from the fishing boat, carried a few dozen steps to the pub kitchen and shortly after that arrive at our table. Fish and seafood, as fresh as it gets!

Here are some pictures from Looe (which is where we stayed), Polperro, Port Isaac, and Padstow. I think all are places worth visiting if you are ever in Cornwall.

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Pics 1,2,8,9: Polperro
Pics 3,4,7: Looe
Pic 5: Padstow
Pic 6: Port Isaac

Not ready to come back!

A beautiful Cornish fishing town @ alittleadventure.net

And so we are back! I spent last week in beautiful Cornwall and I have to say I’m quite smitten. I just loved Cornwall so much; I was amazed at the beauty of the landscape, charmed by the little fishing villages, and indulged in delicious seafood! As with any good holiday, I was very sad to leave although I tried not to be too grumpy about it and instead focus on feeling grateful that I got to visit such a beautiful area and that home is a pretty good place to return to.

However, I don’t quite feel ready to face the real – or online – world yet. I’m spending the day unpacking, finding a home for all the seashells I’ve found on Cornish beaches, and going through the hundreds of pictures that I took. I’m very excited to share some with you in the next few days.

A giant man and his brother were sitting on my chest!

I have finally submitted my PhD thesis and oh my, I can’t even tell you what a relief it is! I’m quite literally jumping for joy.

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I had been working pretty much non-stop recently and now I basically have nothing I ought to be doing. It feels quite odd. I even caught myself feeling momentarily guilty as if I was neglecting doing something. The Guilt has been my constant companion for the last few months, it was a very irrational feeling that appeared whenever I was doing something other than working. I will not miss The Guilt one bit.

I do however feel a bit sad; I’ve been a student basically all of my life, so this is definitely the end of an era in my life. I’m happy and excited for whatever comes next, but also a bit scared and anxious. So a nice wide range of feelings there.

I’m going on a little holiday tomorrow. I’m hoping to spend a lot of time walking outside and to catch some sunshine, after all these weeks of working inside it will feel awesome! My laptop is coming with me, I want to catch up with all of you and I’ve got many blog post ideas I’d like to get started on. But for today, I’m trying to adjust and enjoy a completely carefree, guilt-free day. I hope you are having a nice Saturday too!