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St. Michael's Mount

St. Michael’s Mount

United_Kingdom_PoliticalWe went to Cornwall from London just to see Saint Michael’s Mount, half a mile away from the offshore of Marazion town in Penzance. I was intrigued how one passes through a land bridge that appears only during low tide to reach the island. I was hoping it will be of low water so that we could just walk through it. The photos from my friends looked beautiful! And it didn’t disappoint! The island over a huge stretch of a sandy coastline was stunning and impressive. It’s a little bit similar to one of the most recognizable landmark of France – the Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy.

Marazion Town Center

Marazion Town Center

St. Michael's BayWe rode the bus together with two American tourists who were also unsure of where and how to go. Fortunately, we reached the place safely and on time. I was at first anxious that we won’t be able to enjoy it because it was raining in the morning! I was already agitated because this was the sole reason why we spent more than £150 pounds on an overnight train just to see it. But, the universe was on our side! When we reached the place, it was starting to get sunny! How incredible it felt to see the blue sky suddenly appearing over the coast line.

Marazion Town

Marazion Town

Entrance/Passage

Entrance/Passage

Overlooking the island

Overlooking the island

DSC_0469_18I thought it was already amazing when you looked from afar through the Marazion town center view deck. But, it wasn’t. It was more amazing and breathtaking when I finally stepped into it and saw the castle up close. The land bridge was a short walk but very rocky. Be very careful because it was both slippery and stony. There were few sea weeds along the way, either it was washed up or it was covered by sea water few days before we set foot. Awesome, isn’t it?

Entrance

Entrance

Restaurant area

Restaurant area

Castle

Castle

Castle by the garden

Castle by the garden

11245188_10206349642716786_1334427088_nWe decided not to climb up to the top, to the highest point because it was slippery. We just roamed around the area (downtown) though no one was living in any one of the houses. Even the restaurant was empty. We could have gotten a nice and hot coffee to break the cold weather. We had it when we went back to the town center and stopped by the Marazion hotel’s cafe. Unfortunately, my photos of the town were corrupted! I don’t know what happened but at least I got all the island’s photos secured.

11267446_10206349642916791_140126708_nWe waited for the 1 pm bus but we missed it. We were busy enjoying a coffee cake and a cornish bread when we didn’t notice that it already passed by. So, we agreed to be adventurous and walked 6 miles to our hostel YHA Penzance. Nevermind that it was drizzling, we did it anyway and survived! I was astonished that some people were windsurfing even if it was midly raining!  One word –  incredible!

Minack theatre

Minack theatre

It’s just sad that we were not able to see the Minack theatre in Porthcurno! It’s only a bus ride from Penzance! The photo above is from Mim, a Thai friend/schoolmate, and it looks stunning! Maybe, someday, I’d be back to visit this world famous open air theater!

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