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