It has been a while since I shared photos from Cornwall since we got back from Berlin last month we have been super busy with work and the weather hasn’t been too great. On those few elusive sunny days we tried to make the most of them and get outside, so here are a few photos from this last month. Enjoy x
We headed to Plymouth for the day and explored down at Royal William Yard, which is stunning and a lovely place to have lunch/dinner. We landed luckily on a warm day and it was nice to be by the water and enjoy the architecture and history of this old naval dockyard. There are quite a few restaurants, cafes and bars which have outside seating to enjoy the sun and surroundings. It was a 15-minute walk from the centre and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
The walk was pleasant and I couldn’t help but take photos of all the beautiful, brightly coloured houses on the way. I really want to live in a mint green house, how cute would that be.
I have visited Berlin a few times & I lived in Germany for 14+ years so Germany holds a very special place in my heart, the last time I previously visited Berlin almost 6 years ago and have been eager to go back for a while now. I wasn’t planning on booking a European trip but after browsing trips in the UK & realising I could go abroad for less I thought what the heck lets go to Berlin.
I got such a great deal & went from Monday – Friday flying from Liverpool to Berlin Schoenefeld (which is without doubt THE worst airport I have ever been to). We stayed at a relatively new hotel called Titanic Chaussee – they have a pool and spa facilities as well as a lovely restaurant, bar and lounge area. I would stay there again in a heartbeat. We found it very well situated for public transport and also it is walking distance to a lot of the major tourist attractions like Alexanderplatz, Checkpoint Charlie & Brandenburg Gate.
We had previously visited most of the major sites so we spent most of the trip just taking our time and exploring, walking around the side streets and popping in and out of cafes. It was beyond freezing, I know it can be cold there as we last went in March and that was bitterly cold but I thought going at the end of April we would be a little more lucky with the weather but it snowed and the temperature was -2, I just used this as an excuse to drink lots of warm drinks in cute coffee shops.
Alot of the major attractions are quite close to each other so we spent the first day walking to Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. We have been inside the Reichstag already so didn’t need to revisit but this is one spectacular building and always worth seeing. I remember when I lived in Germany I visited in 1995 and the glass dome was not finished, it looked very different.
There are quite a few streetside memorials and galleries throughout Berlin dedicated to the thousands of people who lost their lives during Nazi Germany and quite honestly the whole city has such a rich history so you will never run out of things to do. The architecture in Berlin is imposing but beautiful and so many of the buildings still have bullet holes and very visual reminders of a violent past.
Berliner Dom – This is the beautiful Berlin Cathedral and is on Museum Island
Street Art – Berlin is full of street art
Titanic Chaussee Hotel – This is the hotel lobby
Titanic Chaussee Hotel – This was our double room & I loved the pops of yellow
Memorial to the Murdered Members of the Reichstag – This is in front of the Reichstag
The Fernsehturm – This is the famous Berlin TV Tower also St Mary’s Church which is one of the oldest churches in Berlin
Rotes Rathaus – Berlin Town Hall
Humboldt University in Berlin
The Equestrian Statue of Frederick the Great
Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism
I have missed a few weeks of my Cornwall posts, since returning home from Scotland back in June we have been busy, busy with work and in all honesty until recently the weather has been pretty pants. When we do have a nice day we try and make the most of it, this Summer the nice days seem to feel few and far between.
We have kept our days out very local lately visiting Fowey, Truro, Falmouth and our local village (Charlestown). We do love a pretty harbour town and along the South Coast of Cornwall, we are quite spoilt for choice. So we tend to head out for walks along the coastal paths & end up in a harbour – wishing we lived in one of the sweet cottages that line them.
Big news (for Cornwall) a beautiful new Waitrose opened in Truro and they have a lovely separate shop dedicated to Cornish produce and its so nice, they also have a Cornish cafe serving locally sourced produce too. So we have been doing much of our shopping there and stopping for lunch too.
Cornwall is getting busy with Summer holiday visitors so every journey takes so much longer, so that is another reason we are staying closer to home. Our local beach has some cute pop-up restaurants, cafe’s and a small outdoor theatre, it feels like you are on the Mediterranean coast and we have been spending many an evening down there sipping cocktails & enjoying the sunshine. The water is still too cold for me but lots of people are getting out in the sea and I have seen people doing Yoga classes down on the beach too. I feel lucky having such a nice beach so close by & plan on spending as much time down there as possible.
I hope you’re all having a lovely Summer so far, maybe some of you are planning a visit to Cornwall this year?
As I’m sure most of you are aware that last week I moved house, after staying with family for a little longer than expected we found a house that we couldn’t pass up on. So we packed up all our worldly belongings, which was a lot more than I remembered because 90% of them had been in Storage for 18 months & we made our way 300 miles South. I’m excited to now call the beautiful county of Cornwall my home & although we lived here briefly in 2010 it’s nice to be back and I can’t wait to explore.
So this week I am grateful & thankful we have a beautiful home and its made me burst with happiness. I can’t wait to get cooking all the yummy food in my brand spanking new kitchen, although I have to wait over a week for my fridge to be delivered but as soon as that happens to expect to see some cooking/baking posts from me. Also, the bathroom is STUNNING and the biggest bathroom I have ever had, the shower is epic and I just want to spend many many hours relaxing in the bath which I think is big enough to swim in.
Sorr, the photos aren’t the best quality. I can’t find my camera, it’s somewhere in one of the many boxes.
The property is an old chapel & its beautiful, set in the Cornish countryside. My office has the most dreamy view, I have been wistfully looking out of the window for most of the day which means not a whole lot of work gets done.
Right back to unpacking boxes & attempting to find homes for my ridiculous makeup & skincare stash
Let me know if you’d like to see some more home / cooking / organising posts from me.