Tuesday, June 3

Today we had a free morning. I used it to find the public library and access my email, since the wi-fi at the hotel was not working. Barbara joined me there to read some books aout Cornwall, having earlier visited the museum at Penlee House. I also took the opportuity to buy a couple of bottles of wine. Then we had lunch at the hotel and were off to visit St. Michael's Mount, which looms over thevillage Marazion just east of Penzance.

This granite promontory was given to the Abbey at Mont St. Michel after the Norman invasion of England and served as an associated abbey until Henry VIII gave it to one of his supporters. It has served as a private castle ever since.

Although connected to land at low tide, we went there by boat. The castle is at the top of the mount but there are numerous other buildings at sea level. The trail to the top is very steep and in places a bit treacherous. After going up some very primitive steps made of small boulders and facing a steep slope, I gave up to preserve my knees for better things, but Barbara persevered. Instead I visited the lower gardens and took some pictures. As usual, wherever we went on the coast, we found a small WWII pillbox.

Following the English Civil War, the island was acquired by the St Aubyn family, who still live in the castle. In the intervening years many additions and alterations were made to convert it for use as a mansion house. Fascinating rooms from different eras include the mid 18th-century Gothick-style Blue Drawing Room.

After that we returned to shore and took a long walk through Marazion on the way to the bus.


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