Day 2 in Reykjavik: Whale Rider

The start to Day 2 in Iceland was a rainy mess! ๐Ÿ˜…๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง But nonetheless the dayโ€™s event was not to be missed – as I have booked a whale watching tour in the Icelandic sea! ๐Ÿณ ๐Ÿ‹ (Though the awful weather had me bound to the hotel room in the entire morning after breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‚ FYI the lack of hot food in my hotel was breaking my heart! ๐Ÿ’”)

Reykjavik Old Harbour
By the harbour
Our tour boat
I wonder which ones will we see?

Our tour boat set sail from the Reykjavik Old Harbour at 1pm and the tour lasted about three hours. Due to the nature of whales being wild animals, sightings are not guaranteed (though it is claimed that if no sightings occurred, then you are welcomed to book a free tour for another day ๐Ÿ˜‚) but I have every fingers and toes crossed ๐Ÿคž that we will see something exciting! So overalls suited up and ready to go! ๐Ÿ›ฅ

Viรฐey in the distance
๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ
Another tour boat on the hunt

It was a bit of a long wait to get things going, but even sailing on the boat feels like such an adventure as we set off into the unknown! ๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒŠ Mind you, if you are somebody who is prone to seasickness, I really wonโ€™t recommend you doing this as this boat was rocking so much you get flung around even if you sitting firmly still on your seat! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ (Going for my toilet break in the lower deck at one point was quite an adventure! ๐Ÿ˜‚) Though they do have sick bags ready for you as a couple of my fellow tour group people discoveredโ€ฆ ๐Ÿคข Oh and youโ€™re pretty much guaranteed to get soaked by the end! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ’ฆ ๐Ÿ’ฆ

The trick of spotting those whales is apparently looking at where a swarm of seagulls gathered as it means there are many fishes nearby which will attract whales to come and eat them. After about an hour into the tour (almost felt like falling asleep lol ๐Ÿ˜ด), we finally made our first discovery in a school of dolphins. I do apologise for all of the sightings being low-quality videos as it is SUPER tricky to get them in photos! They literally popped out of the water and will be gone the next second! ๐Ÿ˜ 

Dolphins! ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ

We also managed to find a few killer whales and a bigger whale (I donโ€™t know the name of it) which I missed to snap completely! ๐Ÿ˜‚ The captain will shout out if they spotted anything and everyone will scramble to one side of the boat with their phones and camera! ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿ“ธ It was absolute chaos! (โ€œItโ€™s at 9 oโ€™clock!โ€ โ€œWhere is 9 oโ€™clock??โ€ Many of us were simply running like headless chickens. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ) Honestly, I was worried we would tip the boat over!

Killer whale
Lol literally disappeared within seconds

On the way back, we also visited the iconic puffin island.

Puffin Island
Stunning scene!

After a long three-hour journey in the sea, I was finally back on dry land and I was starving! (FYI it felt so good getting out of those disgusting wet overalls! ๐Ÿ˜‚) I then visited Hi Noodle for a late lunch/snack/early dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿœ

Hi Noodle Ramen Bar
Their menu
The signature Dan Dan Noodles ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

After a quick nap in the hotel, I then went outside to pouring rain again (this time forgetting my umbrellaโ€ฆ ๐Ÿฅฒ โ˜”๏ธ) I was hoping to visit Aurora Reykjavik to see images of Northern Light, but unfortunately it was closed earlier than the time I checked, so I settled down in Lamb Street Food for another meal! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Lamb kebab, meatballs and salad

After the rain has seemingly stopped (and it did), I took a long walk to the Seltjarnarnes area including paying a visit to Grรณttuviti lighthouse (about an hour of walking from where I was for dinner.) Here are a few snapshots of the area.

By the time I made it back the centre of Reykjavik, it was absolutely buzzing with people with bars and clubs in full swing! And the area was even more beautiful with the Hallgrรญmskirkja lit up in the night.

Rainbow Road at night ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ
I thought this chocolate & orange ice lolly goes well with the background! ๐Ÿ˜‚
The lit Hallgrรญmskirkja

What a jam-packed day it has been!

Day 1 in Reykjavik: Paint The Town ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ

โ€˜Finally!โ€™ I yelled out at the top of my lungs. Not only did the day marked the beginning of my long holiday, but this was also the first time I have travelled outside of the UK โœˆ๏ธ since the beginning of the pandemic. After being able to enjoy sunshine and warmth in my last few staycation trips, I decided that I needed a bit of a switch to a colder climate hence I decided on Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ, a place I have longed to visit.

Unlike the pre-COVID era, this trip certainly required a lot more preparation and research beforehand, and this did add a level of stress to the entire journey but of course very exciting at the same time! ๐Ÿ˜ I was very lucky to be doubly vaccinated, hence making the transition to Iceland relatively straightforward (also one of the reasons I chose to come here.) Currently Iceland is allowing entry for fully vaccinated British travellers without the need of quarantine and a negative PCR test (which is ridiculously costly in the UK in my opinion.) Once I received my NHS letter to show my vaccination status (I know they are also accepting electronic copies via the NHS app but I was being extra careful ๐Ÿ˜‚), the only other thing I was required to do was pre-registered for entry. (Itโ€™s almost a bit bizarre that the process for my return trip back to the UK is longer – requiring two separate PCR tests before and after arrival as well as pre-registration. ๐Ÿ˜)


My flight was at 7:45 am in the morning (and that was probably crazy considering I was up at my end of work party ๐ŸŽ‰ until late last night. ๐Ÿคฃ) The 2 and a half hour ride was very comfortable (also get to enjoy WiFi on board for the first time ever in the first hour until connection was cut off! ๐Ÿ˜) But by the time I landed I was oddly hungry, though still quite a bit before I reached Reykjavik. Passport and COVID checks went surprisingly quick and people were very warmed and welcoming. โค๏ธ After a further 45 minutes bus ride from Keflavรญk airport and a somewhat 20 minutes walk, I was at last at the centre of Reykjavik starving for food! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Rainbow Road in Reykjavik
Overlooking Hallgrรญmskirkja from the distance

The Rainbow Road, which was done in celebration of Pride, was absolutely beautiful (literally walking upon the rainbow. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ) The first food stop was 101 Reykjavik Street Food by the iconic road- my first taste of simple, delicious Icelandic food. I ordered the lobster soup and Icelandic fish stew with rye bread (and honestly I didnโ€™t think I will like rye bread but I was absolutely loving it! ๐Ÿ˜‹) Staff were very friendly and funny on top of that!

Lobster soup and Icelandic fish stew with rye bread- simple but done well ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
And a free chocolate bar after! ๐Ÿซ

I then explored the city a bit, marvelling at all the colourful, artistic touches everywhere. ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ

The longest hopscotch I have ever seenโ€ฆ
โ€ฆup to 106 squares! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Who wants a race? ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป
Lime and passion fruit ice creams after the โ€˜raceโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Love the mural ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿงก
Look at the colours! ๐Ÿ”ด๐ŸŸ ๐ŸŸก๐ŸŸข๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸฃ
So whimsical!
๐ŸŒˆ ๐ŸŒˆ
Literally everywhere I go there is a mural!

And I also visited Hallgrรญmskirkja which is right opposite where I am staying. The church tower is certainly marvelling to look at!

Hallgrรญmskirkja with the Leifur Eirรญkssonโ€™s Statue in front
Love this! ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ•ฏ
Inside the church

After a brief stop at my hotel, I then went to meet my appointment for the PCR test needed for my return trip to the UK. (I am staying here until Sunday and the test can be done three days prior to departure.) The testing centre was a bit far out (about a 40 minutes walk away) and I was shocked by the length of the queue (which spun the whole park and round!!) – however the queue did move fairly quickly (only waited for around 20 minutes for what looked like an hour long queue) and the testing was done so efficiently that it felt like a non-issue (literally less than a minute- staff was friendly and very professional- all dressed in lab coats ready to go.) I actually felt a bit embarrassed for all the testing chaos we had in the UKโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜“

After a nap following my back and forth trip from the test centre, I made use of the long daylight here to head out for some supper.

The legendary hot dog in Iceland
Tasting the Icelandic Skyr yogurt
The amazing daylight
Is it really that late? ๐Ÿ˜‚

More on the next few days! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Double Trouble

To celebrate the beginning of a long holiday, I decided to go a bit all out and two cakes in one night for the first time! It was definitely quite a work out! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ช (How does professional do it?? ๐Ÿ˜†)

Which one do you like the look of? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pineapple, Lime and Mango โ€˜Mocktailโ€™ Cake ๐Ÿ–
Chocolate, cookie and caramel cake ๐ŸŒน

Itโ€™s Coming Home!

For those of you who enjoy baking/cooking as much as me, I am sure you will agree that it is fun to experiment every now and then and go outside the box. So, for todayโ€™s Sunday brunch, I decided to make some wholemeal muesli muffins with a blue cheese centre! ๐Ÿง€ ๐Ÿง€ (And with a bit of a patriotic theme for the Euro 2020 Final tonight! โšฝ๏ธ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ )

I do like playing with the idea of sweet with savoury, and took some inspirations from a cheese plate and the combination of cheese with dried fruits and nuts.

What do you think? Fancy giving them a try? ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚

Isle of Wight: Beyond the Sea

This weekend I really needed a recharge! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Whilst it is not far away until my long summer break, things have been a bit intense lately so I really felt the need to detach myself from my work life in order to be able to refocus myself again later.

For this weekend getaway, I decided to do something I have never done by myself before- taking a ferry โ›ด and sailing across the sea to the Isle of Wight. ๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒŠ To get to the island, it is a rather straightforward one hour trip across the water from Southampton via the Red Funnel Ferries. So I opted for an overnight stay in Southampton on Friday and going on the ferry the next day. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Ocean Village Marina in Southampton
Giant cruise shop by the harbour (not my ferry tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‚ but certainly made me a bit envied!)
Westquay shopping centre ๐Ÿ›
Enjoying a Chatime bubble tea๐Ÿฅค (havenโ€™t done that in a while ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‘)

After a cosy night in the hotel, I woke up early in the morning at just before 6 (saving enough time for a long bath ๐Ÿ›€ of course! ๐Ÿ˜‚) and made sure I am on time for the Red Funnel ferry at 9. (I booked in advance but I believe it is just as easy to buy ticket there at the time.)

Breakfast before departing โ›ด
Red Funnel Ferries
Very busy inside the ferry today ๐Ÿ˜–
Eating my second breakfast. So busy I had to sit by the window (also raining โ˜”๏ธ outside…)
On the deck after the rain has stopped (couldnโ€™t sit on the chairs though as they were all soaking wet ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ)
Sailing time ๐ŸŒŠ
Arriving at East Cowes in the Isle of Wight

To get around the Isle of Wight, I opted for a 24-hour bus ticket for ยฃ12. Even though it is a small island, locations of interests are quite spread out and not really walkable, so I decided that was the best option (as I neither drive nor cycle… ๐Ÿ˜›) As I was only there until Sunday morning, I focused exploring on the east side of the island (unfortunately missing out on famous landmarks like the Needles.)

Heading south,my first stop was the beautiful beaches on Shanklin- only though it was raining (again) when I arrived. I managed to shelter at a nearby cafรฉ (that was part of a hotel lodge) and enjoyed a nice bowl of chips. ๐ŸŸ The staff there was so friendly and let me charge my almost dead phone, and I ended up spending the idle time doing some work (so much for the detachment I know lol! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ป They thought I was so in the zone that they didnโ€™t want to bother me! ๐Ÿคฃ) By the time I was ready, the sun was out again! โ˜€๏ธ What perfect timing!

Shanklin Beach
A seaview is only as good as the ice cream you have! ๐Ÿฆ (I went for the โ€œfunky bananaโ€ and jelly & ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‹)
Coastal walk to Sandown
Cute little beach huts! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค
By Sandown Pier
Sandown Beach โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ
The vast blue sea and sky
Maybe one day I will hire a beach hut! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Being a dinosaur fan, I then also dropped by Dinosaur Isle. ๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿฆ– Some nice exhibits – but the museum is just a bit small for me (good for kids but I think itโ€™s a little too less for an adult like me who likes dinosaur ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Inside Dinosaur Isle

I then also visited Wildheart Animal Sanctury (which was just right next door) ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฐ and I made it in time just 10 minutes before last entry! So glad I did – this definitely reminded me of visiting many zoos during my childhood. (And also how difficult it is to snap pictures on moving animals! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“ธ)

Wowza! Canโ€™t remember the last time Iโ€™ve seen a tiger this up close! ๐Ÿฏ
Little kangaroo ๐Ÿฆ˜
Cute ring-tailed lemurs! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ
Felt like this meerkat is giving me a look! ๐Ÿ˜‚
The lioness
๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค
Oink oink oink! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท There were also a lot of farm animals in the sanctuary
Cute bunnies ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ

Following this, I took the bus ๐ŸšŒ heading back north to Ryde where my hotel is. (Almost fell asleep on the bus! ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด)


After checking in the hotel and enjoyed some chill time in the bath ๐Ÿ›, I then headed out for dinner followed by an evening walk along Ryde Pier.

Dinner time at Ryde – look at the giant cauliflower wings! ๐Ÿ˜†
Ryde Pier
What a fun day! ๐ŸŒ™โœจโœจ

Cloudy Sunday โ˜๏ธ = Lazy Sunday ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

As the cloudy days continued, I decided to enjoy a lazy Sunday this morning munching my pizza and staying firmly indoor! ๐Ÿ•

This pizza is made with wholemeal flour, and very simply topped with a tomato base, mozzarella, avocado and rocket (drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and honey! ๐Ÿ˜‰ FYI I love olive oil haha!) Lately, I have decided to be a bit more careful with what I am eating and have been using wholemeal flour as a substitute for refined white flour. And I can say the result is just as good, but more guilt-free at the same time haha! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ (And weight has definitely gone down as a positive result! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Sometimes, I think people are very quick to assume that healthy food is bland and not flavourful – but sometimes I think it just takes a little bit of โ€˜outside the boxโ€™ thinking. And I definitely enjoy being a little creative at times hehe! Itโ€™s a bit boring to stick to the same thing all the time, isnโ€™t it? ๐Ÿ˜

Storm Is Coming, Eat Cake First

After a very long period of heatwave and sunshine, it looks like a storm has finally arrived! โ˜”๏ธโ˜”๏ธโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง But most importantly, we got to stuff ourselves with cake first before this happened! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ #happydays

Day 4 & 5 in Newquay: High Up in the Blue Sky

Beautiful sight of Tolcarne Beach

Despite a potential forecast of rainfall, I was very lucky that my time throughout Newquay was blessed with amazing sunshine and comforting temperatures. Even after spending my first day here visiting all these incredible beaches, I just couldnโ€™t get enough of it! So I decided to continue to head west, passing by Porth Beach again and journey beyond to Watergate Beach. ๐Ÿ–

Perfect weather for a day out!
Back to Porth Beach
Perfect sunshine! โ˜€๏ธ

Watergate Beach is quite far out in Newquay – about a 30-minute walk from Porth Beach along the high cliffs on the coast, so I definitely did well in my step counts for the day! ๐Ÿ˜‚ On the way, I also passed by Whipsiderry Beach – a quiet, hidden little spot underneath the tall cliffs (possibly the tallest one out of them all I felt!) If you arenโ€™t a fan of stairs, this place is definitely quite a โ€˜journeyโ€™ to get to going down and back up. ๐Ÿ˜ค (At least it wasnโ€™t like when I tried to climb the Eiffel Tower on foot two years ago…)

Giant rock over Whipsiderry Beach
Whipsiderry Beach
The beach hidden under the tall cliffs (after a VERY long flight of stairs… ๐Ÿ˜ช)
Getting down those cliffs to the beach felt like an adventure though!

Even though the stairs in Whipsiderry Beach completely wore me out, I finally managed to slowly made my way around the coast to Watergate Beach. It was a great spot for me to finally to sit down for some lunch! (Bought a salad meal deal from Tesco, along with my rocky road bar that I kept all this time from Penzance! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Watergate Beach
Full view of Watergate Beach
Snacking on my rocky road bar on the beach ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Watergate beach was very busy which I wasnโ€™t as much of a fan of, so I decided to head back to Porth beach (personally it was my favourite one out of all the beaches) to enjoy the sunshine! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Taking a dip in the water ๐Ÿ’ฆ
Sunbathing on the low-tide Porth Beach ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ–
Flying high ๐Ÿช

After a bit of a nap and sky-gazing, it was almost dinner time! Newquay really had given me a feel of the Mediterranean, so I was feeling a crave for tapas! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Unfortunately, two of the top-rated tapas bar were closed for the day, so I decided to try another recommended place called the Fish Bar. This place is a great value for money, offering a three-tapas tasting platter for only ยฃ15 in the bar area. (The main dining area of the restaurant was fully filled.) The food, especially the dessert, was absolutely delicious! So glad to have come to this place after all! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Which one to choose? ๐Ÿค”
Incredible tapas tasting platter for ยฃ15! ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค (In the end, I went with the Pescaito Frito, Gambas Pil Pil and Sesame Honey Chicken Sizzler.)
Spectacular dessert ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›: Sicilian semifreddo ice cream bomb with a Limoncello core coated in crushed meringue
Incredible! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค

The next morning, I had some time to kill before my train around lunchtime, and headed to the Blue Reef Aquarium by Towan Beach. Like many other places now, bookings need to be made in advance online due to COVID restrictions. I booked my ticket two days ago when I arrived in Newquay – still places are limited, so do make sure you book ahead of time if you can. (I initially wanted to visit the day before, but all tickets were sold out within a day. It is half term break after all! ๐Ÿ˜›)

Kipper in the hotelโ€™s breakfast
Visiting Blue Reef Aquarium ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ
Sharks over my head ๐Ÿฆˆ
Havenโ€™t seen a lionfish in years!
Iโ€™ve never heard of a Unicorn tang until now
Scary piranhas ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
Hello again Nemo!
Giant turtle ๐Ÿข
Omiros the giant turtle
The story of Omiros ๐Ÿ˜ขโค๏ธ
He kept popping his head out from the water! It was cute! ๐Ÿ’š

After visit the aquarium, I took a walk down the town centre and got my belly filled before my long 5-hour train journey home. โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿš‚

Brunch in Fore Street Cafรฉ Bar before long train ride back to London ๐Ÿš‚ ๐ŸŒƒ
Mad dash to the train station with my ice cream in hand! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿจ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธUntil the next time!

Day 3 From Penzance to Newquay: Closer to Paradise

It was almost a bit difficult saying goodbye to Penzance but knowing it was the beginning of another journey made it all the more easier! ๐Ÿ˜‚ After a 2-hour train journey (with a changeover in Par), I arrived in Newquay just around lunchtime when the sun continues to be hanging high up in the sky! ๐ŸŒž

The beautiful sea view of my hotel room towards Towan Beach

After dropping off my stuff in the hotel, I wasted no time heading down to the coast (starting from Towan Beach heading west to Fistral Beach) and enjoyed the beautiful views of the deep blue sea under the bright blue sky. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Towan Beach
Busy beach indeed! ๐Ÿ–
The cliff by Towan Beach
I wonder who lives in these houses in this amazing spot? ๐Ÿค”
Fistral Beach
Just as busy here!
Look at the waves! ๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒŠ
Paradise! โค๏ธ
The Headland Hotel looking over the beach

Situated by Fistral Beach is The Fish House – highly recommended by the Michelin guide, and it certainly didnโ€™t disappointed! I know I had been having a lot of seafood lately, but this one certainly topped it for me! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ I was very lucky too to be able to get a booking as I managed to reserve the only spot available this month last night, so if you are planning to visit make sure you look well ahead of time as the restaurant is an extremely popular choice!

โ€œGrilled scallops with pea and mint purรฉe and crispy Serrano hamโ€ – the purรฉe was so good I licked the shells clean! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š
โ€œPanko sesame fried tiger prawns with mangetout, fresh coconut and chilli salad with curried mayonnaiseโ€ – that salad I can eat a full bowl of! ๐Ÿคค
Got a bit greedy with ice cream flavours! ๐Ÿ˜‚ The four I chose were roasted coconut; lemon curd; blood orange sorbet and passion fruit sorbet.

After an amazing lunch, it was time to walk off the calories by exploring the beach and coastline! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I walked across almost the entirety of Newquay from west to east, eventually reaching Lusty Glaze Beach and Porth Beach.

Exploring barefoot ๐Ÿฆถ along Fistral Beach
Looking for little fishes lol! ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ
All mussels! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Tides incoming! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
So many dog walkers around! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
A hidden spot by the beach
Newquay Bay on the left and Fistral Bay on the rjght
Spotting the wind farm from afar
Towan Head
This building reminded me of those in Greece
Newquay Harbour
Harbour Beach
The quieter Towan Beach after the sun
Under the bridge
Keep dragging my trainers ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ into the water ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ฆ
The vast sky and sea
Little hut in a field of flowers ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ
Lusty Glaze Beach
Porth Beach

As the sun set over Newquay, I ventured out into Porth Island (as the last destination for the day) hoping to get a full view of the beautiful scenery.

Bridge to Porth Island
Beautiful flowers on Porth Island ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’
Looking back at Porth Beach
Scaling the rock!
Under the glow
At the top ๐Ÿ”
Over Porth Island
The colours! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก
Canโ€™t get enough of this!
Heading back to the hotel – canโ€™t wait for more tomorrow!

Day 1 & 2 in Penzance: Summer Lovinโ€™

Happy bank holiday from the U.K.! Such a blessing to have the holiday and my week off coinciding with the hottest day of the year thus far! โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ Hope you all had a great day too as I have most certainly enjoyed my time here in Penzance! ๐Ÿ˜

Penzance is one of the most southern towns in the U.K., lying within Cornwall. It was a long train ride from London with the whole journey covering over 5 hours and a changeover in Plymouth (where I visited last summer!) – but I figured it was the time to do it now with me having an entire week off work! ๐Ÿš‚

Lunch on the train ๐Ÿฑ

I was most certainly prepared for the long train ride as I have done lots of food shopping ๐Ÿ› before hopping on to the train! (And yes, I finished everything just on the first train alone! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Unfortunately a 15-minute delay caused me to miss my changeover in Plymouth, so I ended up making a quick stop there before moving on to the next train (which was also further delayed. ๐Ÿ˜…)

Revisiting Plymouth after last year ๐Ÿ˜‚- but I only had enough time to hop to the shops so didnโ€™t get a chance to see its beautiful coast again
Another delay… ๐Ÿ˜ช

After over an hour behind the initial scheduled time, I finally arrived in Penzance and I was immediately in awe of the slight Mediterranean feel of the place! ๐Ÿ– Weather wasnโ€™t the best when I arrived on Sunday but I was still definitely on a holiday mood – though this place seemed to be a bit of a dead zone for phone signal! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ“ฑ(Maybe it will be actually good for me to be off the grid for once…? ๐Ÿ˜)

Penzance harbour
By the harbour
Twilight by the shore (looking towards Newlyn)

My initial plan was to visit Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar in Newlyn for dinner (the place seems to be extremely popular and does not take bookings, so couldnโ€™t even reserved beforehand.) Newlyn is a seaside town and fishing port situated just right next to Penzance accessible by just a relatively short walk (around 20 minutes from my hotel.) Sadly, the train delays earlier meant that I couldnโ€™t make it in time before the restaurant closed at 9. And it appeared that, in general, most places in Penzance were closed by that time- including the hotel restaurant… ๐Ÿ˜ด๐ŸŒ™ (I guess it was a Sunday after all or perhaps I am just too used to all the late night openings in London ๐Ÿ˜….) Thank goodness though I didnโ€™t have to starve for the night as I eventually managed to find a kebab place in the town centre (after much searching! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Kedgeree and poached egg for breakfast in the hotel- my first time having kedgeree!

Despite many bumps in my first day of travel (as per usual for me ๐Ÿ˜‚), I woke up this morning with a fresh determination wanting to make the most of my day – with a morning swim in the Jubilee Pool. ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Jubilee Pool on the outside
Jubilee Pool
Geothermal pool on the right next to the main swimming area
Loving the sun โ˜€๏ธ and water ๐ŸŒŠ

The pool is very unique in that it extends directly into the sea, making it a landmark in the area. (I certainly loved the Art Deco feel of it! ๐Ÿ’™) Due to COVID restrictions now, bookings must be made in advance. Luckily, the main swimming area is readily available for bookings (up to one hour before the time slots- but only the shallow end is opened for use right now, which is fine with me as I am not that massively strong of a swimmer anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‚) Sadly, the geothermal pool is now completely booked until next month. โ˜น๏ธ Would have loved to go into the geothermal pool as the water in the main swimming area is rather cold ๐Ÿฅถ – so a lot of us just ended up โ€œwalkingโ€ and paddling along the pool, or just sunbathing by the poolside lol. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Still great fun though! (And I will take it as my workout for the day done!)

Heading to Newlyn (for the second time lol!)
Welcome to Newlyn!
Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar

After a quick shower back in the hotel, I made my way to Newlyn hoping it will be a second time lucky!๐Ÿคž Literally went there banged on before their opening time at 12, so was seated very quickly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The seafood dishes were all very fresh and delicious, so I was so very tempted to order a dessert as well!

Menu of Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar- what would you have picked? ๐Ÿ˜‹
From the left: pan seared scallops, grilled mackerel and crab salad
Raspberry fool (coulis and whipped cream) with Amaretti biscuits – simple and lovely! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

With my stomach full, I ventured out into the town of Newlyn, aiming to make my way on foot to the fishing village of Mousehole (one of my main goals of this travel!) The 1-hour coastal walk is beautiful especially on a sunny day like today! ๐ŸŒž

Town of Newlyn
Newlyn harbour
Loving the sunshine!
Look how blue the water is! ๐Ÿ’™
Interesting building ๐Ÿฆˆ
Full view of Newlyn Harbour (looking back at Penzance)
View of the coastal walk ๐ŸŒŠ

Afterwards, it was time for a quick recharge in Rock Pool Cafรฉ- enjoying a drink and some food in the open view to the coast before exploring the rest of Mousehole! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Rock Pool in Mousehole
A drink under the sun๐Ÿน๐Ÿ˜Ž in Rock Pool Cafรฉ
Homemade mackerel pรขtรฉ with gluten-free toasts
Mousehole Harbour
Everyone is out enjoying the heat and sunshine! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
A tropical fruit smoothie ๐Ÿฅญ๐Ÿ to round off the day!

After taking the shuttle bus from Mousehole back to Penzance- I settled in for an easier night in with a supper from a well-established fish and chips shop just right next to the hotel. (There was quite a queue!)

Takeaway and night in ready! ๐Ÿ‘Œ
Loved the battered Cornish hake with the curry sauce and mushy peas! ๐Ÿ˜‹

This is not the end of my journey in Cornwall yet! More to come tomorrow, so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜‰