Then we joined a group (14 people) with Go Tours, led by a young man named Glenn who, we think, IS Go Tours! Incredible driver, which we were grateful for in the fog in the wilds of Dartmoor. Oncoming traffic meeting us, on one-lane roads with hedges either side, was a thrilling experience. The itinerary listed a lot of places, but it was really quite leisurely most of the time. The first day we stopped at Stonehenge, which, because you can't really view it by yourself, on a dawn morning, you just have to imagine it that way. (I probably spent more time there on my visit in 1981). We then spent several hours in
The third day we drove a short distance to St. Ives, where we were dropped off right at the door to the Tate St. Ives, which is not only a lovely museum, but has fantastic views of the ocean and the town (in different directions). I also had time to walk down to the water's edge and get my feet wet and sandy. We stopped for a short visit to the Botallack Mines, another Poldark filming location on the green coast, but the highlight of the day was the Minack Theatre, hewn out of the rock by a crazy (!) and devoted woman. Plays are performed there at a breaktaking
The fourth day started in the morning at Padstow, one of the nicest villages we saw in Cornwall. Reminded me of Honfleur, in Normandy, a bassin (harbor), peaceful, sparkling. Lovely also was the town of Port Isaac. Didn't matter there were jillions of folks walking up and down the paths to see Doc Martin's infirmary, it was a fantastic setting (as one knows seeing the program on TV). Had a leisurely lunch there at "Louise's school." Late afternoon we spent at Tintagel,
|St. Materiana's Church, Tintagel|
Our last two days in London we spent one long lunch at the London Review Bookstore, and the next day went to the National War Museum. Have a new favorite restaurant in London (although we also went back to the estimable Cantina Laredo)--it's Margaux on the Old Brompton Road, very friendly and relaxing and incredible food.