Friday, June 15, 2012

My Cornish Diary 2

England's farthest point out west is Land's End.

Getting a sunburn in a Mediterranean climate.

Yes, I was there, although the refreshment we took at St. Yves.

Cornwall Cream Tea, traditionally delivered with a Cornish split, a type of slightly sweet white bread roll, was served in St. Yves with a scone. The warm scone is spread with strawberry jam, and then topped with a spoonful of clotted cream. Simply delicious!

St. Yves harbour at low tide in the mist. The only place without sun on our whole trip we visited.

Other typical Cornish food are pasties. A Cornish Pasty is made by placing the uncooked filling on a flat pastry circle, and folding it to wrap the filling, crimping the edge at the side or top to form a seal. Traditionally a pasty is filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, turnip, and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, and baked.

British humor: For the Queen's jubilee this driver invited Prince Philipp as his front-seat passenger.

Dartmoor is known for its sheep, its prison, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Here the hound is following Sherlock Holmes who possibly is late for his date with the escaped prisoner from Dartmoor serving him as a red herring whilst Sir Conan Doyle is watching from the top of the staircase.

We just drove by and did not stop on our way to London. However, we made a long stop in Bath ...

and were soon ad fontes. The water is not only warm but also of a greenish color.

In the nineteenth century the main pool was decorated with statues of famous Romans. Julius Cesar looks quite grouchily.

Minerva's gold-plated head was dug out of the Roman debris.

In 973 Edgar I was crowned at Bath Abbey and anointed together with his wife Ælfthryth in a ceremony that forms the basis of the present-day British coronation practice. The coronation was an important step to England's unification as other kings of Britain came and gave their allegiance to Edgar shortly afterwards at Chester and pledged their faith that they would be the king's liege-men on sea and land.

Placed in the center of the nave: a mirror to admire the fine structure of the Abbay's vault.

No, this is not Calvin but one of those many deans of Bath Abbey.

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