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 !