In early July Grandma and Grandpa came for a visit. We took a trip South to Cornwall!

We stayed in Lelant, near St. Ives. While we weren’t right on the water, we were just a short drive away from a beautiful beach.

St. Ives is very pretty. It has lots of cute shops and restaurants. We ate dinner looking out at the water.

Land’s End is the most Westerly point on mainland Britain. The day we visited was bright and sunny. We took a hike along the coastal cliffs.

Amongst the tourist attractions at Land’s End is a model village. Giant baby!

We had lunch in Penzance (as in “Pirates of…”). The local crab was very tasty. There were palm trees growing all over the place!

There are standing stones and ancient things all over Britain. We found this neolithic dolmen, Lanyon Quoit, along the side of a road.

We then continued on to the Levant Mine, an old tin mine. A working steam beam engine is located on site and run by a group of mechanically inclined volunteers. The mine is situated in a beautiful location on the coast, but looks like industrial ruins. In 1919, thirty-one men were killed at Levant mine when the main rod of the man engine snapped. The lowest levels were then abandoned and the mine completely shut down in the 1930s.

After having Sunday lunch in the beer garden we had a picnic dinner on the beach.

The following day we drove up to Exmouth to see the Jurassic coast. The accessible path was perfect for strollers. The geoneedle at the top was unveiled by Prince Charles and is made from the different types of stone found along the coast. Neil liked the stones.

We stopped in a park on the way home to let Neil run around in the shade.

All in all it was a fabulous trip with amazing weather!

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