Sunday, 18 November 2018

Old Tin Mines

Tin mine, Cambourne. By Chris Gornell from London, UK
(Tin mineUploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Old Tin mine west of St Agnes
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © john spivey -

Blue Hills Tin Mine
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Gary Rogers -

We've already seen the Engine house at Blue Hills and our very own Cornish Engine House, here are some more images of these structures in their natural habitats.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Cornwall’s flag

St. Piran's Day
Given its designation as a symbol of national identity, the Cornish flag enjoys a wide usage and recognition being regularly seen around both Cornwall and the world as a symbol of the Cornish diaspora. It is widely displayed on cars and from buildings, including those of Cornwall Council and appears, of course, in abundance, on March 5th, St Piran’s Day. Cornwall Flag

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Great Western Railway Signals

St Erth railway station
If there's one thing I know absolutely nothing about, it's signals: what type to use, where to put them, etc., so here are a few hopefully helpful links.

Photo © Andy F (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Market Square in the late 1940's

Market Square in the late 1940's

This BBC Turn Back Time film about Penzance features the markets. A weekly market day is a part of normal life in villages and town squares throughout Cornwall, as the Farmers' markets are today and will also be feature in Porthkeres

1940s: Street market with costermonger's barrow in the foreground.

Photo © Antony Ewart Smith (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Charlestown Harbour

Dock at Charlestown Photo © Richard Johns (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Charlestown Harbour Photo © Pam Brophy (cc-by-sa/2.0)
A corsair will be standing in the dock at Porthkeres. Could she have brought in contraband from the continent?

Discovering Old Cornwall - Charlestown

Sunday, 14 October 2018

St. Austell railway station

St. Austell railway station
Porthkeres will connect to the town of St. Elys and a station not unlike St. Austell.

Photo © Phil Williams (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Charlestown Chapel

Charlestown Chapel
Close to the dockside in Porthkeres is a chapel not unlike this one in Charlestown.

Photo © Anthony Vosper (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Monday, 10 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 1. Santa Maria

About to set off from Kos Town harbour on the Santa Maria
The Santa Maria 3 Island Cruise - which visits Pserimos, Kalymnos and Plati - is a really fun and entertaining trip. We initially picked it because it's a lovely looking wooden (proper) boat. The crew, particularly Captain Mario, are ace performers and make it an experience to remember. Nice stops for coffee, beach, sightseeing; food on board was way more than good, dolphin spotting and swimming off the boat in crystal waters. Definitely the best boat trip and definitely our favourite trip on Kos.

Reviews: Santa Maria Kos 3 Island Cruise

(Much cheaper to book at the harbour, which conveniently, will be just a few meters from our hotel.)

Looking back to Kos Town as we leave on the Santa Maria

Neratzia Castle from the sea

Out to sea on the Santa Maria

First port of call for coffee and beach

Santa Maria at one of the islands we visited

Santa Maria at one of the other islands we visited

Monday, 3 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 2. Taverna Fantasia

Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia

The Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia is completely stereotypical and a wee bit cheesy, but this night out was such fantastic fun and well-organised, with a lovely atmosphere, not to mention the unlimited supply of wine and very good food for mass catering. We booked the trip, which includes transfer from your hotel by coach and a stop in Zia village to look at the views - at sunset - on the way, via Kosinfo

(Please note: prices drop quite quickly when you add more people to your party!)

Monday, 27 August 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 3. Aegli Cafe

Aegli cafe (left) on Eleftherias Square
Aegli cafe right on the main Eleftherias Square in Kos Town, is run as a women’s co-operative supporting low-income women, where you will find Greek mums doing amazing Greek home cooking, with a menu including dishes and salads that you won’t find on the menu everywhere else, along with delicious home made deserts and cakes (and probably the best Galaktoboureko I've ever tasted). We love them for the food and the welcome, as well as the business ethics. Highly recommended any time, but especially for lunch or for late night desert, coffee and people-watching.

Simple, but extraordinary salad at Aegli cafe
NB: We'll have to work our way through the entire menu of deserts all over again (it's a hardship, what we'll do to provide a full and accurate review ... eh?) as we singularly failed to get a photo of any of them. They were just too irresistible!

The Forou Gate HAns [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The bougainvillea-covered Forou Gate is on the opposite side of Eleftherios Square to the Aegli Cafe. Walk through the gate at night and you will arrive in the area known as Bar Street (actually, at least two streets) to find Clubs, Bars & Nightlife.


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