Friday, 14 May 2010

Lands End and Cornish Cream Tea

It's like a dream. On the starboard side we can see the coast of Cornwall in beautiful sunlight. Ahead of us the the city of Penzance. The captain anchored the ship on 10 meters water. With the tender boats we sail our guests safely from the ship to shore. Busses are waiting for the excursions.
We are in the romantic world of Rosamunde Pilcher. The populaer
author was born here. Her stories take place in this beautiful area.
Many of her novels have been filmed by the German TV. The series are so successful that the
author got the German award "Golden Camera" in 1998. And now there is even a new variety
of roses, called "Rosemarie Pilcher".
We strongly feel the fascination of this unique landscape and are overwhelmed of the sharp
contrast of the green meadows, yellow rapefields, spectacular granite cliffs.
Subtropical vegetation with palm trees and the Common Gorse in magnificent gardens and hedges. At this time of the year it is there are not many tourists in the streets. But in summertime it used to be very busy. There is a direct connection with the railway from London to Penzance.
Time for a break with Cornish Cream Tea and delicious cones. A traditional speciality of Cornwall.
From the old town we have a nice overview to the pitourescque St.Ives Bay.
One of the highlights is a tender trip to St.Michael's Mount which is a small island with a castle on the top.
A lot of history is known about this island which is now owend by the National Trust and
opened for all visitores.
All passengers got dry and happy back to the ship in the late afternoon. What a wonderful day in the southwest tip of England.