We’re winding down our time in Cornwall, but before we leave I’d like to spend a little time exploring St. Ives with you. On our last full day in Cornwall – which happened to be my birthday – hubby and I decided to stick close to home and spend a low-key day enjoying our surroundings. We spent the morning checking out the cool modern art in the Tate St. Ives and while modern art usually isn’t my favorite, I really enjoyed the bright splashes of color and texture on the canvasses there. After our dose of culture, we wandered around town and looked into the shops and alleys, then fortified ourselves with tea and scones at a cafe overlooking the harbor. Hey, it’s my birthday – I can eat scones for lunch if I want!
As you can see, St. Ives is situated around a small harbor. These boats were floating most of the time, but every day they would drain the harbor and the boats would lie beached until the water came back. During that time kids and dogs would run around on the wet sand while the fishermen did their work on the piers. Seeing the fishing boats sitting on solid ground was such a different and unique view – we couldn’t get enough staring at the rows of boats neatly lined up on the harbor floor.
So cool! The bright pops of color on the boats against the taupe sand were such fun. I’ll be blowing up at least one St. Ives picture for my house.
After wandering around town, we decided to venture out and walk a bit of the South West Coast Path just outside of town. We checked out some beautiful views less than 10 minutes’ walk from the main drag of St. Ives.
Lovely. I loved the dramatic waves crashing against the rock faces of the cliffs. Like a painting.
Finally we found a flat rock and just sat down and enjoyed the view for awhile. The Cornish coastline reminds me a great deal of northern California. I felt like we were on a mistier, cooler version of our Point Reyes hike from 2009. And if you know me well, you know I can’t resist a good view like this. I was happy to sit there and drink it in for an hour. In that moment, all I wanted for my 30th birthday was to teleport everyone I loved to St. Ives so they could see it too. Since I couldn’t (I tried), you get this picture. It doesn’t do justice to the wild beauty of Cornwall, but it’s the best I can do.
After meandering along the cliffs a bit more, we headed back to the B&B, where the sweet managers had left a wonderful bottle of Malbec in our room as a birthday present. (Thanks, Tony and Carol!) We savored it while looking at the stunning view from our room, then dressed up and walked back into town for a fabulous dinner and local Cornish wine. Altogether, it was as perfect as days can get. I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d rather have turned 30!
All good things must come to an end, and this is the end of our time in Cornwall (for now, anyway – we’ll be back for sure). Check back next Friday to find out where we went next on our epic road trip through southern England!