Sixty Tea Rooms and Two Wheels – Cornwall Day Three

End of day two saw us enjoying a beer or two and a BBQ, as the night drew in the clouds and the wind came with it. As the skies grew darker, it was time to check the forecast for the next day, and it was not good! Heavy rain showers forecast, and they were going to be with us for the next couple of days.  Over night the wind got up and the rain began to fall, and I mean like stair rods.

Its 8.30 and the wind had died down, but the sky was thick with heavy rain clouds. Command decision was made, move to four wheels for day and are we glad we did, the rain when it did fall during the day was heavy! The trip for the day was going to take us up to Minions (Menyon) village on top of the Moors and then to Lanhydrock House (National Trust).

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Minions Village is located at the edge of Bodmin Moor, but is also the highest village in Cornwall, you could say it also has the two highest tea shops in Cornwall. Minions Village is a mining heritage village that still has the remains of several tin mines surrounding the village. Also local to the area are the Cheesewring (a stacked stone formation) and the Hurlers Circles (three Bronze age circles 1500 BC). The sites provide some fantastic aerial photo opportunities (will be going back with the drone) as well as other photographic opportunities.

Anyway, back to the original challenge regarding tea shops. We decided to go to the Hurlers Halt, there is also the Cheeswring Hotel and Restaurant opposite. Anyway, we strolled in to the Hurlers Halt and took a seat and looked at the menu. A great choice of food and other beverages. Just over our shoulder was a glass cabinet full of very big cakes and they looked delicious.  So, cream tea was of the cards and cake was on.  The owner was friendly and had a great sense of humour as we found out towards to end.  Our friend said after finishing tea and cake “so that’s the sample what are you going to provide for the main deal” he looked at us and said “have you read the bottom of the menu?” in red the following words were written:

WARNING – prices may vary according to the attitude of the customer!!”

Laughing, we paid our bill and left. If you like history and a good cuppa and good food, worth a visit.

Next stop, Lanhydrock House, a National Trust run house and gardens and normally guaranteed to have a good tea room and normally a restaurant. We have always found that the food and beverages in all the National Trust houses are good, so I am not going to say much, but the cream tea was good, but they really need to stop serving the jam and cream in sealed tubs… because you don’t get enough. The house history is fascinating but also tragic, with many members of the family being killed during the Great War. The house has some great artefacts and fabulously decorated rooms. The park and garden are beautiful with a small chapel at the back of the house. A good end to a few days in Cornwall.

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Our final day took us back home the quickest possible route, dodging raining showers and thunder storms. Luckily, we did not encounter them, we skirted around them, plenty of wet roads, but not rain fell on us. Overall we have a good few days and we will be going back and venturing further a field in to deepest darkest Cornwall.

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Summer holidays – Turkey

This year we are back in Belek, Turkey. It has come to the end of the first week and I haven’t written anything. So, what’s happened so far?

We are staying at the Paloma Grida Spa and Resort, a listed 5* resort with Thomas Cook. The hotel and grounds are well kept, the food is ok and the staff are friendly. However, trying to get in one of the Ala Carte restaurants is a feat of its own… so best option is to go to guest services and book with a human, not a machine…

When we arrived, our room was directly above Main Street (picture) on the top floor. Unbeknown to us, the bar directly below had live music at night, not good if you like an early night now and then. Consequently we asked to be moved. I take my hat of to the hotel, they moved us the next day without any issues and upgraded us.

The hotel has large grounds and two main pools, one with music and one without… there are also a few kids pools with slides and other play things. Plenty of sun beds and beach beds and shade available.

Ok, now we come to a minor or maybe major issue for adults without children. It says it’s a family friendly resort, it definitely is! There is only one area within the hotel that is child free… is called 18+ and it’s in the bottom corner by the beach… unfortunately it’s next door to the neighbouring hotel kids entertainment area. So you are drinking your cocktail as the sun goes down to tunes such as “the wheels on the bus go round and round” in Turkish and what ever other language you can think of.

So far, I believe there are more children under five than adults…

Dining can be hazardous in the main restaurant, hot food and liquids being carried around and you are playing dodgems with rug rats, parents just let them run around the restaurant. If one starts crying, it kind of sends a unanimous signal out to the rest of them to join in. I don’t think we have had a meal yet that we were able to have a peaceful conversation…

Even lunch times can be hectic, it really is difficult to find a quiet corner in the hotel without a child crying in your ear..

Tomorrow we are day tripping, off to Side and the market for the day with Thomas Cook.

I will keep you posted peps….

Turkey – week one

On Saturday we ventured in to Belek, the all day market. Not knowing what to expect, we were dropped by taxi at the main square (round) and started walking.  Basically the market took at a number of streets and was fully covered.. I was hoping to find local produce as well as tourist trap goods, but unfortunately not.  There was a few spice, Halva and Baclava sellers and the smells were fantastic, but in general I was disappointed, everything else was brand name fake goods, such as Rolex, Omega, DC, Chanel etc…

To be honest if you want to see the real Turkey you have to go north, the Gulf of Antalya is a tourist destination, nice but not the real Turkey.  Our little folly in to Belek was to get pressies really, away from the hotel shops (expensive, lavish and aimed at a certain countries citizens, definitely not English). 

Some say why choose Turkey then, if you don’t want to see the country, my answer to that is. ‘I needed a holiday to relax and recharge, this location provides the weather, the hotels and the luxuries to do just that’.  Just put your feet up, watch the world go by.  Basically, eat, drink, worship the sun, drink and eat some more,  sleep and repeat.

We have discussed while resting a short break to Istanbul at some point, but that will be next year… If you want sun and relaxation to the enth degree, Turkey’s south coast is great… 

Happy holidays in 🇹🇷

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