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04 September 2013 @ 02:10 pm
Exeter - St. Ives - London (1)  



Mhm... The great and horrible picture spam of Bimo and Cavendish's holiday has got to be right ahead. At least that's what this walk description says...





Our first stop, Exeter.



Of course, just like any other self-respecting medieval town, Exeter doesn't only come with a variety of narrow little streets and timbered houses, but also with a stunning cathedral.


The damage on these angels isn't caused by environmental pollution as one might expect, but actually by people who believed the stone had certain healing powers.





We were just walking down the street when we noticed this quite impressive accumulation of paintings done by no other than a certain Mr Robert Allen Zimmerman *g*. Cavendish, being the fan that he is, was of course rather delighted...






Puh, St. Ives, finally :-)



Porthmeor beach right ahead. As it turned out, just about five minutes away from our holiday flat.





White sand, crystal clear waters, waves, rather ideal for sunbathing and surfing. Most folks wore wetsuits, though, as the water was just about 15°C.



Throning right above Porthmeor...The St. Ives branch of the Tate. I have to shamefully admit, though, that we didn't manage to go inside. Too little time, so many things to do and see, and the idea of spending an afternoon relaxing on that beach was just too tempting.






Streets of St. Ives, tourists doing touristy things. The closer you got down to the harbour, the more crowded it got. The upper part of the town was fine, though.


St. Ives, city of artists and galleries. Of course we did the proper thing, stepped inside more often than not and, in one case, failed to resist. Guess which of these paintings is now ours...






Portminster beach and harbour.


















Looking at the last couple of pictures, I have a hard time believing that we actually went to Cornwall and not some place in France.




Day of the nice but not quite successful sailing excursion.Very little wind, very few animal sightings, just one seal and two harbour dolphins when it's actually quite common to spot whales or sharks.





The graveyard right above Porthmeor beach.



Porthmeor, evening light.



Harbour promenade, time to say goodbye to this place.
 

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Kathyhkathyh on September 4th, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures and St Ives really does look like France. I'm not sure the colourful, and often very necessary, windbreaks are quite so prevalent on French beaches though :)

They're wimps in Cornwall for wearing wetsuits. We were on the South Coast yesterday and the sea temperature was only 16 degrees and no-one was wearing a wet suit.

Many thanks for sharing the photos. It makes me want to go back to Cornwall :)
Bimo: Mug_collectorsbimo on September 4th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure the colourful, and often very necessary, windbreaks are quite so prevalent on French beaches though :)

Heh, you could be right about that. English beach => windbreaks. French beach => shunshades. German beach => roofed wicker beach chairs. *g* (Basically a result of the German "be prepared for everything attitude", as these chairs protect against too much sunshine as well as they protect against too much rain.)

Posting those pictures was a pleasure, and also one of the great privileges that come with being accompanied by Cavendish. Most of the time I feel like I'm traveling with my own personal photographer... ;-)
diotimah on September 4th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pics! Must have been a great trip! And indeed, St Ives does look like France. (and sounds like it, too - when I first heard the name, years ago, indeed I thought it was a French place ;) ).
Bimo: Mug_collectorsbimo on September 5th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
A great trip indeed. I still can't believe how exceptionally lucky we were in regard to the weather. Especially during our time in London. On the day we rode the London Eye, there wasn't a cloud in sight.

Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Like I said, I sometimes feel like I'm traveling with my own personal photographer. ;-)
diotimah on September 9th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
On the day we rode the London Eye, there wasn't a cloud in sight.

How lovely. I want to do the London Eye sometime, as well, when I'm next in London.:)

Like I said, I sometimes feel like I'm traveling with my own personal photographer. ;-)

Indeed. By the way, the photo of you reading your guide book (?) is lovely.
Selena: VanGogh - Lefaymselenak on September 4th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
Great pics. I got your postcard, which was lovely, thank you!
Bimo: Mug_collectorsbimo on September 5th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed! :-)