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The Grand Adventure

Mary Ann's Fulbright Exchange to Oulu, Finland
August 2001 - June 2002

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20-27 October 2001

Mini-vacation to Cornwall, England

Highlights by Mary Ann

27 October 2001
Saturday 2100
Sunrise/sunset 0849/1716
Oulunsalo, Finland

We flew to Manchester, England, and arrived around 0915 on 20 October. As we went to pick up our luggage, we heard our name called over the public address system. Much to our disappointment the airline luggage attendant shared that my bag had gone to Copenhagen, Denmark. (John Ė too bad, that when the airlines lose a bag, you cannot choose to go where the bag is rather than have the bag come to you.) They said that it would arrive at 1800; we decided to stay in Manchester overnight, because it was a seven-hour drive to Cornwall. We canít complain, since with all our traveling, we have rarely had our luggage get on the wrong flight before.

We were off to Cornwall around 0930 the next morning. John did very well remembering to stay on the left. It was just those round abouts that he needed to get the hang of again; remembering back to Ireland in l998.

When we arrived in Penzance, we checked out three B&Bs; we feel we lucked out by default and got the best one, Chy-an-Mor. Our room overlooked Mountís Bay. Our host Michael, a retired fireman, was incredibly helpful. Also the B&B had all these wonderful things for their interior design and decorating. Their Cornish breakfast was outstanding each morning. We recommend Chy-an-Mor to everyone heading for Penzance.

With Guy and Diane Speakeís wonderful suggestions we had planned some things we definitely wanted to do.

Some of the highlights for me during the week: I enjoyed our boat ride over to the island of St Michaelís Mount. It was a Celtic Monastery for centuries and then became the residence of the St. Aubyn family, who still live in parts of the castle. My favorite part was the walk back to Marazion across the cobbled causeway that is uncovered at low tide. I felt like Moses when the Red Sea parted and they walked across land that was usually covered by water. I loved the quaint granite cottages in the villages of Mousehole (pronounced "Mowzul") and St. Ives. I also thought the white sandy beaches were phenomenal. Oh, and the narrow roads that take you through these villages are for two way traffic and you are sure they could really only be for one way traffic. All of a sudden a car is coming toward you and someone has to find a place to park in or back up to, so the other can pass.

We were there at a perfect time of year, because you could actually see the beaches, instead of having them covered with sunbathers in the summer.

We also went to the Minack Theatre, which was carved out of the granite hillsides overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It would be fabulous to attend a play here in the summer. I had been to Lands End in l986, with my mother. It has become much more commercialized, but nothing can take away the rugged beauty of the Atlantic Ocean beating against the cliffs.

On Wednesday we took the ferry to the Isles of Scilly and went to Saint Maryís Island. I must say it was one of the most nauseating rough sea experiences Iíve ever had. I only wish we had had a longer time to explore the island before getting back on the ferry. The ferry was an hour late leaving Penzance (some freight was delayed by road work) and took one-half hour longer due to the weather. Thank goodness, it was a smoother ride back to Penzance. The only way I survived and didnít get seasick on the way to the island was to zone out, plus I had taken an anti-motion sickness pill. Next time we fly!!

Then on our last day, Friday, following our host Michael's recommendation, we took a tour with a local (Harryís Safari) on the back roads around Penzance. He showed us many stone structures dating back to 2400 B.C. and 800 B.C. Some were burial sites and others were a focus for some kind of ceremonial function.

All and all, Cornwall was just what John and I needed. It was great to be able to read the shop notices, road signs, the newspaper, and to understand what people were saying.

Mary Ann

John - A highlight for me was watching the changing of the tides. Tides in the San Francisco Bay Area rarely exceed six feet while fourteen feet is normal in the Cornwall area.

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Chy-an-Mor, our B&B in Penzance, was one of the best we have ever lodged at. (3074)

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View of Penzance from the road to Mousehole. (Crnwl211)

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John on the beach at Marazion with St. Michael's Mount in the background. Hard to imagine I walked on "dry" land all the way. (Crnwl122)

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Part of the castle village below and the causeway starting to be visible as the tide drops. (3091)

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Causeway is uncovered now so the ferry boats are "out of business" for a while. (3093)

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Harbor at St. Ives, low tide. (Crnwl201)

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Along the waterfront in Mousehole. Note the street width warning sign (round) on the wall just above the car. This is a two-way street. (Crnwl126)

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Mary Ann's "on stage" at the Minack. (Crnwl130)

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The coast at Land's End, Cornwall. (Crnwl135)

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The Mermaid Inn on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly. Amanda Speake, Archie's girlfriend, worked here one summer. (Crnwl203)

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Mary Ann and John at Lanyon Quoits. Crawling through the stone was supposed to be a cure-all for most illnesses. (Crnwl206)

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A burial site. (Crnwl208)

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