3 Jul 2014


The last 3 days of our tour where quite tiring ! After our arrival in the Falmouth Hotel, we started a long tour. We had to take 3 trains before a bus took us to St. Ives.

We left our hotel sitting above the station, and arrived in St. Ives where we had 2 h to visit the town.

Then our bus picked us up to take us to the "Land's End", a beautiful place with an amazing landscape. Unfortunately it was cold and very windy but at least it didn't rain and the sun was shining. We walked around for 45 min and then we continued our route to Mousehole. That's a funny name I thought.

I even met a cat in Mousehole, without mouse. We found a cozy pub which had a terrace on the roof, where we sat and had a drink. Then we made the long trip home back to Falmouth, this time by bus and not by train. We didn't even have the time to change clothes, dinner was served at 7 pm and we arrived shortly before 7. We all were very tired from this long day.

The next morning we all said good bye to our group of 31 people who returned home into all corners of the UK, except two couples who came from Australia and South Africa who continued their tour through Europe.

We took the train to London and arrived 5 h later in Paddington station. From there we carried our luggages into the tube to King's Cross and from there pulled them until our Hotel near the station. We were so tired that we decided not to go to London center anymore but rested a bit in the garden. Ilona and I had a room in the basement with a beautiful little garden. Finding palm trees in London was quite strange ! In the evening we found a cute Indian restaurant nearby and had a wonderful supper. I was the only one who knew the Indian food for the others it was the first time and they loved it.

The next day we had to leave Ilona in the hotel, she was feeling very sick and had stomach cramps and couldn't come with us.

We took a bus to Buckingham palace and sitting on the top we saw a lot of London. When we arrived at the Palace it was just time to watch the "Changing the guards" ! There were so many people from all over the world that it was nearly impossible to see something except the heads !

I had enough of this crowd and we tried to get out of there which wasn't easy. And then we were lucky, we were standing opposite to palace to return to Victoria Station, when they came all marching along going back from where they came, without standing in the crowd ! We couldn't get a better view !

From there we went to Carnaby street where we had a nice traditional  "Fish & Chips" outside a pub from where we could watch the people, without moving ! Restored we made a tour in the "Liberty" store which took the breath away from Nicole ! She saw a beautiful scarf but when she saw the price of 250 £ (429 $) she thought it was a mistake and refrained from buying anything !

It was time to return to our hotel, pick up the luggages and a tired but better feeling Ilona and went to the station to catch the Eurostar train.

Mr. G. picked us up and was surprised that we came back from holidays in pieces !

Today I rest, and just do nothing ! Last year when I did the tour around the UK it was less tiring. the "Great Rail Journeys" should improve the program. We stayed far too long in Torquay doing nothing, and the rest of the tour was squeezed into one day from Falmouth on.


Linens and Royals said...

Another great holiday for you but I am so envious, You went to THE PALACE. My favourite place in the whole world. Just to see your pics. gave me a small thrill.
I love to look around Liberty but I never buy anything, much too expensive!

Jo said...

Ah what a lovely trip and tour you had. Trust you to find a cat and at a place called Mousehole! I hope Ilona feels better now. Were your cats glad to see you back home?

Jo said...

Ah what a lovely trip and tour you had. Trust you to find a cat and at a place called Mousehole! I hope Ilona feels better now. Were your cats glad to see you back home?

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - it does sound rushed - I knew you'd be busy .. but thought the organisers would have given you time to appreciate the place.

My mother used to live in Mou'zhle for a while, and I think you'd have passed Newlyn where her business was and then Penzance was the train terminus .. and you'd have seen St Michael's Mount as you left the town ..

Such a pity you weren't able to do more and the weather wasn't brilliant ..

Still recover your wits for now! Enjoy being home ..

But the London bit - sounds fun and how clever to find a hotel with a small basement garden .. and then to see the Changing of the Guard ..

Cheers Hilary

Fun60 said...

Travelling is so exhausting as is sightseeing so you did well on your last day in London. Liberty's is a beautiful store for wandering and looking but too expensive for buying.

A Lady's Life said...

What a great time you gals had.
I can dig the pants you were wearing.lol
England has such a wide variety of interesting names.It makes it a treasure to visit.

Loree said...

I really love St Ives and Mousehole. They are quaint and pretty. When we went to Land's End it was raining and very foggy. We did not see much.

Andrew said...

Great photos and you make it look very nice.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am catching up as we are traveling ourselves, so just to tell you I read all of your tour posts that I missed and enjoyed this trip with you very much! Sorry for the rain...but it sounds like you had a good time anyway pretty much ... good friends, good food, Agatha Christie ... good combination!

We are seeing so many tour groups in Alaska and I do not think we would be very good on them. We like to sleep, eat and etc on our own schedules. But if it was me by myself I would have to go with a group, because I can get lost in a large closet!

I groaned with sympathy when you said you lost the battery on your mouse. I cannot learn to use that thing on the keyboard to save my life.

diane b said...

Some tours are tiring and rushed but I hope you had a good time with your friends. Glad Ilona felt better.

Anonymous said...

Did you calculate how far you were from home at Land's End? It was such a nice place to visit and I have wonderful memories of the place.