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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Visited Beatiful "CORNWALL"

My husband's brother lives in Cornwall, located in South Western tip of England. In theory, it should only take 7-8 hours to get there from Kent, but it took us almost 10 hours because there were two series of accidents at this famous long M26 motorway. They didn't see each other for couple of years, and I was there too for the first time, so we took the chance to travel. On the photographs below, from left my husband, myself and his brother and his wife next to him.

I tell you what? It was gorgeous!! Stunning place which is known for its deserted coves and picturesque characters. It is also blessed with glorious gardens and with a mild climate. I enjoyed walking around the narrow streets in small towns, with shops around. Most of all eating their traditional Cornish fare of Pasty, Saffron Cake and my favorite Cornish Cream Tea.

There is as much folklore around the Cornish Pasty as there are recipe variations. One such tale said it was bad luck for fishermen to take a pasty on board a boat, but then again I know a modern day skipper that 'loves his pasties'. A very famous photograph from the late Nineteenth Century shows a group of tin miners at 'Croust Time' , that is meal time to you and I, tucking into very large pasties. Incidentally the mining boom was largely over by the 1860's Such pasties would have meat at one end and a fruit filling at the other.

Saffron is an ingredient imbued with an air of exoticism, sensuality and beauty. Its musty perfume and concentrated potency both awaken the senses and astonish - how can such a tiny amount of what looks so meaningless release such color and scent? The labor intensity of harvesting saffron (each stigma removed by hand, 4,300 flowers to be visited to form an ounce of weight), and thereby the cost of the end product, have also added to its status. Stories of Phoenician sailors landing on the rugged Cornish coast to barter with saffron in exchange for tin, have increased its romantic image.

The famous cream tea, the star ingredient none, regardless of regional squabbles and bread type, is of course the clotted cream. Native to the west country, this sturdy, pale yellow cream is made by heating unpasteurized in shallow pans floated on boiling water so that it "scalds", whereupon it thickens and the cream rises to the top forming the 'clots'.

Anyway, so much for these fattening Cornish foods but seriously, I love them! What we did just eat & traveled around Cornwall. By the way, on our way going there, we stopped to see this famous "Stonehenge" a prehistoric monument located in English county of Wiltshire. It is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones.

We went to "St. Michael's Mount", the most famous of Cornwall's landmarks, which has fascinating history, is stepped in both legend and folklore, it has a stunning panoramic views across Mounts Bay to Lands End and The Lizards. Boasts a pictureque harbour and has a spectacular castle complete with magestic gardens. Click here to read the whole story about this mount.

There are loads of beautiful towns and landmarks Cornwall has to offer to tourists, and we also we went to loads of places, like in St. Ives, our Geevor Tin Min tour which I will be telling you about this later. To view more pictures, click here.

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Borneo Falcon said...

I been to some of those places before like Land's End, Penzance, Exeter, Salisbury and Plymouth. I used to study at Bristol. Really nice place at Cornwall

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