Day trip to St.Ives

St. Ives Travel Blog

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View of the harbour

I didn't sleep very well the previous night thanks to the noisy German boys. I slept at 11pm, they showed up at 130am, all drunk and started taking flash photographs in the middle of the night, and frolicking around in their underclothes. At least that's really all I remember, thank God for sleep! Anyways the good thing about the UK is sunrise is really early in May, it's bright by 6am and I'd be up and about by that time.

Finished b'fast, walked to Penzance city centre and caught a bus to St.Ives. The drive was amazing, more rugged fields and wildflowers wrapped in the mist as the bus made its way through the narrow winding roads....it was surreal. The journey took about 35 minutes with plenty of stops in between.

View at the other end of the harbour
One then walks downhill to the village, again by a small cosy harbour.

St.Ives has been known as another artists' colony through the years. That's the first thing you notice when you come to this hilly town  - just how many art galleries and art related knick knack stores are there?! I was surprised how a town this small had a budding business for artists, potters, weavers and other crafts people. I also noticed the number of bakeries and shops here that make and sell the Cornish pasties. The travel books said that May is a relatively quiet time....I don't think so. The place was strewn with tourists but again, it was spacy enough for one to walk around by himself and not be disturbed. The town structure itself is intersting... whilst it has the same narrow roads as Mousehole, I thought this really was very hilly.

I would see some cars parked in some areas and think "how did they get it up there?". There's also a Tate Gallery here, which is a testament on the importance of this town to the arts and culture of Britain.

Today was also my first sneak peak into the concept of Cornish pasties. I'd heard about them, just never seen or eaten them and had no clue on what they are. Infact, I always used to think that it's "pastries" and not "pasties"! I went to one shop where they were even showing the making the pasties, very interesting. It's very similar to something we make in India called puffs.

I walked around the harbour, had a "spicy vegetarian pasty" and rested for a while. The mist really gave it such a posh effect, I loved the place. It seemed so laidback even with all that crowd, it looked like a place I'd love to spend here, just to get away from it all.

Cornish pasties
I then went for a walk up and down the hills, passed by the Tate and even took a picture of a graveyard (I don't know why, the mist effect made EVEN a graveyard look like a Kodak Moment). I couldn't help noticing just how many artists' shops were in this tiny town. It's amazing, I was wondering "hopefully there's an M&S here to feed those artists", it was just art gallery over another... very unusual. The town has a church close the harbour, and again the mist effect made this a great photo op as well. I walked back to the bus stop around noon, the idea was to spend the rest of the day at St.Michael's Mount. Although, I was happy I visited St.Ives.... it's a nice town, and lives up to its legacy of the Artists' Colony.

 

 

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View of the harbour
View of the harbour
View at the other end of the harbo…
View at the other end of the harb…
Cornish pasties
Cornish pasties
Outside a pasty shop
Outside a pasty shop
The harbour with the town in the b…
The harbour with the town in the …
Tate Gallery
Tate Gallery
The graveyard which looks haunting
The graveyard which looks haunting
View of the town church
View of the town church
Headed to Market Place, centre of …
Headed to Market Place, centre of…
Galleries galore!
Galleries galore!
Lovely view of the bus stop, atop …
Lovely view of the bus stop, atop…
The town, great shot. What is it a…
The town, great shot. What is it …
St. Ives
photo by: Vikram