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Monday, July 22, 2019

The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Mevagissey


Our next trip away was to Mevagissey and the Lost Gardens of Heligan which I have wanted to visit for a long time.
The campsite was virtually next door to the gardens and only a short walk away, which was just as well as the gardens cover 200 acres and we spent 7 hours walking them.

It also had a footpath and cycle route to Mevagissey and a bus service.

After  W W 1 the gardens became overgrown and unmanaged and were rejuvenated in the 1970's - the link tells you much more. 




As the estate had been in the same family for over 400 years the collection of plants and trees is unique and vast.








These flower meadows are a rare sight nowadays so to see this was a joy.






























Now only used by swallows!








We were lucky to have a dry day for the walk around the gardens but the walk into and around Mevagissey was a wet one.  But you cant let the rain stop you.








It's a small working Cornish fishing port, but if you wander away from the harbour and follow the small back streets it has a lot to offer.  










The climb up through the town is steep but well worth it for the views.








Saturday, June 15, 2019

European trip....the last post.


After Interlaken, we drove into France to a site we had stayed at 5 years before.


The chick on the saddle is my grandaughters and she lent him to us for the trip but had to have his picture taken wherever we stopped.

It was interesting going back to Colmar, just to see how much things have changed.
Colmar is old town and over the years has gone back and for between France to Germany.  Its microclimate is one of the driest in France and the area is ideal for wine growing.

It's also famous for being the birthplace of  Frederic Bartholdi who designed the Statue of Liberty.











From Colmar, we moved onto to just outside of Reims and stayed in the lovely quiet village of Guinicourt.





Quiet that is until we discovered a Motorbike festival was on over the weekend.

I thoroughly enjoyed as there were some fantastic machines there.




















Onto Reims for the cultural bit because when in Reims you have to go to the cathedral.















After Reims we made our way back to Calais and home via the horrible M26 and M25.  Driving on these roads is a complete contrast to the European roads, which are far more relaxing to drive on and I found that the drivers were better and more considerate than in the UK.

All in all, we did about 2000 miles which when spread over a month is not a hardship.