24 Jun 2014

ON HOLIDAYS IN CORNWALL



Today I am on my way to England,



together with my friends Ilona (71), Dominique (60) and Nicole (75)

We take the Eurostar to London and stay there for the night, and the next morning we will take the bus to Torquay.

The program is :

TORQUAY AND THE AGATHA CHRISTIE CONNECTION
Your Tour Manager greets you in the reception of the Grand Hotel in Torquay,  base for four nights. On Day 2 we begin our stay with an Agatha Christie themed walk, accompanied by a local guide, introducing the delights of Torquay's iconic waterfront and the resort's Agatha Christie connections.

THE RIVIERA BY STEAM, BY BOAT, AND AT LEISURE
We explore Torbay's spectacular coast today, firstly travelling by rail to Paignton. Here we board the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway and continue along the coast to Kingswear. We then board a river ferry to Dartmouth where we enjoy free time in this riverside town. We cruise up the scenic River Dart to Totnes and return to Torquay by coach. On Day 4 enjoy Torquay at leisure, with Torre Abbey, exquisite gardens and the harbour, all within walking distance of our hotel. Alternatively, Torbay offers a number of resorts, such as Goodrington and Brixham, each with their own distinct character. Steam enthusiasts will enjoy the South Devon Railway, which operates between Totnes and Buckfastleigh.

THROUGH DEVON AND CORNWALL TO FALMOUTH
Our journey by rail  takes us first to Newton Abbot, where we change and travel through the Devon countryside and the naval city of Plymouth. We cross the River Tamar via the Royal Albert Bridge, and at Truro we change onto the Maritime Line, travelling southwards to Falmouth. Here we stay for two nights at the Falmouth Hotel, superbly situated on Falmouth Bay.

DISCOVERING WEST CORNWALL

we explore the best of Cornwall by rail and coach. First we head north-west from Falmouth by rail. At St Erth we change onto the St Ives Bay Branch Line, which offers superb views of the Hayle Estuary before the scenic coastal panoramas of Carbis Bay and St Ives unfold. After free time in the picturesque town of St Ives, we continue by coach around Cape Cornwall, calling at Land's End, the charming fishing village of Mousehole, and Penzance, where romantic St Michael's Mount enchants from the sea.

I will try to do a diary of our trip depending of course on time and WiFi connection ! 

11 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love Agatha -- am always trying to read everything she ever wrote. I would love to be along with you on this trip. Have fun!

Fun60 said...

Looks like a good trip. The weather is sunny and warm at the moment so I'm sure you will have a great time together.

ladyfi said...

Have fun! Cornwall is so lovely!

gracieplace said...

I loved being there!! It's one of the places I visited that I loved the most. Have a great time.

gracieplace said...

I loved being there!! It's one of the places I visited that I loved the most. Have a great time.

Mary said...

Oh, my!!! I can't wait to see your pictures! After watching "Doc Martin", I'm in love with the coast in Cornwall. And, then, put Agatha Christie on top of that, and I'd just be in HEAVEN!
Have a wonderful time!

Lady Lilith said...

Have fun in England. i have friend who grew up their and say it is a great place to be.

carol l mckenna said...

Delightful photos and have a wonderful time on your
'holiday' ~ great post for OWT ~ thanks, xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. I'll be interested to see your photos and read your post about the Agatha Christie tour .. and the caves - I wrote about them in my A-Z this year ...

Then my favourite the St Erth coastal route .. via Hayle Saltings - great wildlife on the estuary .. round via St Uny Church - where my brother married his wife, the golf course - where we played, and walked over to get to the dunes for our picnic and days out ... via the nuthatch just before Carbis Bay, where we holidayed every year ... my grand parents lived there, and on into St Ives - many many connections there too ... I hope you can get to the Tate, and to Barbara Hepworth's garden ... my mother's always lived on Penzance Bay opposite St Michael's Mount ...

Have fun and I hope you can get to walk over to the mount ...

Looking forward to your news .. cheers Hilary

Linens and Royals said...

Great itinerary, the train trips will be enjoyable and I love Agatha Christie.

pattisjarrett said...

Looks like fun, and a lot of great scenery! I'm an Agatha Christie fan, too.