Cornish Sights, Sounds, and Bites

‘Tis the season to take mini vacations. So on this larger excursion to England, we have found ourselves in Cornwall as well. Some four hours driving from Reading, Cornwall is the lovely seaside escape of England. The quaint towns provide plenty of charm, festive cheer, and warmth to compensate for the cold, rainy weather and tiny, impassable roads.

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The specialty to try is Cornish pasties. Door to door sampling is essential to find the best in town, but stock is not guaranteed during the winter months, sadly. Our quest for the best lunch pasties took us to four shops, the majority of which had none or only small ones remaining. Wait 45 minutes for frozen ones to be prepared? Nooo! Me want pasty nowwww. Finding them at one’s convenience may mean compromising quality for availability, but how can one argue with a growling stomach?

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Combine a seaside town with Christmas decor and the result is spectacularly warm and joyful – no matter the temperature. Add running on the beach, pocket-sized shops and ocean-view cafés, and seaside hiking, and you have a wonderful winter vacation.

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