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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Cornish Visit

We have just spent a few days down in Cornwall combining the need for a break with a bit more family history research. My great,great,great,great Grandparents were born in Penzance in 1750 so I wanted to find his parents in the parish records which are held in the county records office in Truro. This was to be our first port of call and after a 4 hour drive pulled up outside the office only to be told that they were closed for refurbishment. On we went to Penzance to check in a hotel which I had booked over the internet, choosing a particular hotel for its AA star rating, restaurant and bar only to find that it was an absolute dump who's Bar and restaurant were closed for the season - along with the rest of Penzance which is also a dump.
However we did find an excellent bistro called BLUE SNAPPA which is well worth a visit should you be in the area.
We spent some time looking for clues in Madron cemetry, but found nothing- except a lot of headstones! then went on to Lands End. What a mess they've made of that. We last went there 25 years ago when there was just the little house at the end. Unfortunately Peter de Savary got his hands on it a few years back and has built a 100 room hotel and theme park there which is absolute crap and a lesson in how to ruin 100 acres or open natural coastline.
On the upside, we visited the EDEN PROJECT which is a must for everyone to visit at some stage and I can not recommend it enough. There is an excellent hotel nearby THE VICTORIA INN is great value, good food and wine and only 15 mins from the Eden Project.(unlike the Tarbet Hotel in Penzance.)
So after a 750 mile round trip. points out of 10 - the family research = 0, Penzance = 1, Lands End = -5, The Eden Project = 9, Cornwall in general with all its tacky tourist venues (The Poldark Trail, Flambards and The Cornish Gold experience)= 2.


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