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But what about St Ives, Cape Cornwall and Porthcurno C&W, which I went on and on about yesterday?
You must have. maybe tomorrows blog.
PS I hated Penzance. Poundlands ville
What could be worse than a seagull on the head? I’m intrigued!
I have been to St Ives twice and it is gorgeous. It's especially picturesque at night time when the sun has gone and the stars are out.
Have they repaired the bus station (Malakof) yet?

dg writes: No.

It was closed because of the Cornish version of 'concrete cancer' (Mundic block disintegration). Should have been opened for Easter and will be needed when the traffic and buses build up in the busy season.

But, being Cornwall, the job may be taking a little longer.
St. Ives is host to two of my favourite streetnames: Court Cocking and Salubrious Place
Ended on a bit of a cliff hanger there.
Having been to Tate St Ives I wonder if DGs assessment of the place, or rather its contents, is similar to my own.
St Ives first attracted artists because of the quality of the light in the area. I realised that the first time I visited by train: it went round the headland before Carbis Bay (the penultimate stop on the branch), St Ives came into view and the light was fairly luminescent.
When I was little we would come from that inland town (Camborne. Which you probably did not visit) on the train to St Ives for the beach. You would also have passed Carbis Bay on the train which has a lovely beach. From St Ives you can look across to Hayle which has , as the sign used to say , '3 miles of golden sand' - a lovely quiet beach but more difficult to access across the dunes
The Cornish Riviera!
Yes, you're right about the locals being pushed out. My son in law spent his early years in his grandmothers house in town. The family then had to move up the hill to the outskirts to find a larger home. In later years his aunt had to move right out of town to find a family house they could afford.

I adore St Ives like you did, DG. But for everyday life Penzance is more "real".

Hope there's more to come. Like others I'm waiting for Porthcurno and the cable museum.
You do seem to have had amazing weather throughout your mini-break. In your original 'I've been on holiday post', it sounded grim (like everywhere else). But there is a lot of blue sky in your photos.
An old haunt of mine. By old, I mean I was there when I watched England win the World Cup in 1966.

Beautiful St Ives, beautiful Cornwall.
I am also hoping you that you were able to visit the cable museum and Minack Theatre in Porthcurno.
St Ives is lovely, but it gets crammed with visitors in season.

Did you get to the Hepworth sculpture garden? Perhaps not - looks like it is closed until 26 March.

dg writes: No. As you say, it is closed until 26 March.
Having looked at your slideshow I must admit that St. Ives looks a lot more photogenic than the other places that you have visited so far on this particular adventure. But to be fair, from my Suffolk perspective, all the places that you've visited on this trip look gorgeous.
When you were going to St Ives,
Did you meet the man with seven wives?
And did each wife have seven sacks?
And . . .


Too silly
My favourite town in Cornwall by a long way. I love St Ives. The light is beautiful, the sea seems to have a lovely turquoise colour there and because there are beaches facing in more or less every direction you can usually find one that is sheltered. The town is also very prety. As DG points out Porthmeor is great for surfing but Porthminster below the station usually has very calm water, ideal for families for example. If it gets too croweded you can just get the train down to Carbis Bay. In fact I used to like to do that, then walk around the coast to nearby Porth Kidney sands. Just as beautiful with lovely soft sand but because there is no road or railway station close by you have to walk a bit to get there and it means even on the busiest day the beach is usually really quiet.

I lived for a while in Exeter and used to love taking a day trip to St Ives by train when the weather was good. It was (and still is) a long journey (about 3 hours) but I used to enjoy the journey so much too that it was part of the day out really. Along the Exe, along the coast around Dawlish and Teignmouth, beside the river Teign to Newton Abbot, skirting the edge of Dartmoor then the descent to Plymouth. Crossing the Tamar bridge and then all the spectacular valleys and viaducts through Cornwall. Then the glimpse of the sea at Par and again on the other side at Hayle followed by the spectacular run along the coast on the St Ives branch. It's a great journey. The fare wasn't bad either.
I spent 5 years living down south-west whilst at university and never made it to St Ives.
Now I have a hitlist of places to aim for should I ever find myself down that way again!
Spent a holiday there last year. My biggest recollection was how flat Bristol is by comparison.

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