Sunday, June 8, 2014

Doc Martin and King Arthur, two Great Guys

Although it was Sunday today, there weren't any LDS churches close enough for us to get to attend. Our spiritual thought for the day was on the wonders of God's creations, and feeling gratitude for being able to enjoy them. We've felt gratitude and awe at the opportunity to be here and enjoy seeing the countryside.
We left Marazion and traveled to Port Isaac, which is the fictional town of Port Wenn in the Doc Martin TV series. We have enjoyed seeing the beautiful scenery portrayed in the stories, and seeing it live didn't disappoint. The village (we were told it's not big enough to be a town) had quaint, well-kept shops, and the background of the ocean behind it was incredible. Such a blue sea!

We easily found the house where Doc Martin lives and has his surgery (office). We also walked past several other landmarks in the show, all just down the street from each other. We are still a few seasons behind on the show and will enjoy seeing the town on TV even more when we get home.

The village was hosting a fundraiser for the lifeboat team. They're like our volunteer fire department.

They even had the St. Miniver band playing in the square.

We stopped in the pub on the square for Sunday Roast, which included popovers, mashed yams, potatoes, stuffing, parsnips, cauliflower and broccoli. It was terrific.

We made new friends with a couple sitting across from us, Sandra and Richard. They gave us the play by play of the ceremony in the plaza. It included a religious service, with hymns and a talk, as well as the presentation of a medal to one of the lifeboat volunteers. He served 20 years and was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire).

We went on to Tintagel castle, which was only a few miles down the road. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell the GPS, "No hedgerows, please." It took us about 45 minutes to get there, as the roads were so narrow and there was plenty of backing up to let others pass. It was worth the drive, and we were treated once again with spectacular view of the sea as we climbed up to the ruins of the Castle.

There wasn't much there, but it was fun to see the site that legend says was the birthplace of King Aurther. It was not on an island, but felt like it, as there was a narrow bridge you crossed to get to the castle site. There were lots of footpaths to explore and we took tons of pictures. None of them do it justice!

It was pretty windy at the top of the cliffs. I had a hard time getting a picture of Ed and me together, because I was afraid the camera would blow into the sea.

The afternoon was a long drive to Cardiff, Wales. We have a lovely hotel in an old mansion down the street from Cardiff Cathedral.

Before going to bed we stopped in at a pub down the street for dessert. The treacle sponge cake was to die for! With only 13,000 steps today, I doubt we've burned enough calories to merit such decadence, but, hey, we're on vacation!

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