You know soul mates?
Screw ’em. Let’s talk about soul places.
To me, St Ives is one of those places. The first time I took a St Ives day trip, I meandered with friends through the low-tide harbor. I ate gluten free crepes, clambered on rocks, wrapped up in a warm blanket under a heat lamp at the Porthminster Beach Cafe with a bottle of wine and the sound of night-time waves just a few meters away.
I’ve been back to St Ives a few times since then, each time my jaw dropping at the perfect afternoon light, the crescent curve of the harbor, the shingled roofs. When I saw Jaime’s post about St Ives a couple weeks ago, it hit me: I now live only two hours from St Ives, yet I hadn’t been on a St Ives day trip for two years. Two years!!
Why is that? Well, living life day to day, other things always seem so important: I need to do my weekly food shop, laundry, bank. I really need to catch up on American Gods on Amazon Prime. (And let’s be real: Love Island, soz if you lose respect but we all have a vice). When I have a free afternoon, I either end up hunched over in the library with a cappuccino, or (if I’m lucky) in the beer garden at the local Wetherspoons. And when I travel? Well, I go to Spain, Morocco, Norway, the Czech Republic. I keep brushing off little old Cornwall, thinking “it’s so close, I’ll go another day…”
Seeing Jaime’s post reminded me: I don’t have to get on an airplane to travel. Also, announcement, but I won’t be in Plymouth for all that much longer. I need to take advantage of the incredible ability to go on a St Ives day trip while I can! (And a St Ives day trip for the same price as my library cappuccino, I might add).
So, last weekend my housemate and I hopped on the train (with our laptops in stow… it turns out I am very productive on trains!) and commenced our St Ives day trip. I’m hoping to fit in another few St Ives day trips over the summer, plus a long weekend in September when my family visits!
So, St Ives, my little soul place… I have lots of advice (the best gluten free restaurants! The most heart clenching views! Everything Virginia Woolf!) but for now, I want to give you guys my St Ives day trip photo journal. Because a picture’s worth a thousand words, as they say, and I’m sure I’ll be writing thousands more words on St Ives over the course of my life…
- How to get to St Ives: The best way is by train, you will transfer at St Erth for the beautiful 15 minutes seaside/saltmarsh journey. Make sure to sit on the right hand side leaving St Erth for the best views! The St Ives station is very close to the harbor, but it is up a big hill (great views! Not great for wheelchairs/mobility!).
- Where to eat: Porthminster beach cafe, The Searooms, Pels, Moomaid, Pedn Olva, Rum and Crab Shack
- What to do: wander, rent a kayak or SUP, walk (or sunbathe) on the beaches, walk the southwest coastal path, visit the Barbara Hepworth museum, visit the Tate Museum
- Where to stay (if you wanna extend that day trip):
I hope my photos convinced you to take a St Ives day trip! Have you ever been? Do you have a soul place?
P.S. – I used my Canon camera for this trip. Do you guys like the photo quality? Can you tell the difference? I would be really interested to know!! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
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I will be linking up with Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This, and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for Wanderlust Wednesday, and also City Tripping with Mummy Travels and Wander Mum.
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