Peaceful Penzance

Lovely to escape to Penzance for a few days to visit old friends. It was worth the long journey to see them finally settling into their new home after months of hard work and renovations. We decided to go on a boat trip along the coast, passing St Michael’s Mount and Mousehole and our small group enjoyed the sea views despite the wild weather and absence of seals at this time of year. We spent time pottering around St. Mary’s church graveyard with it’s old mossy headstones and stopped for coffee by the newly renovated Jubilee Pool.

The promenade is being restored for the Tour of Britain cycling race and now from the station you can walk for miles along the new seawall path with views across to St Michael’s Mount and stop for a welcome drink at the refurbished Mexico Inn.

Poverty in parts of Penzance is still evident but many shops, cafes and street stalls are thriving with old favourite ‘Dick the Dog’ still in business. Carrying a wooden cross representing Jesus to shopkeepers along Causewayhead was a novel experience. Getting away to catch up with old friends was a timely tonic.