A little bit of sunshine

Sunshine on a Mediterranean island

A little late summer sunshine on a Mediterranean island never hurt anyone, right? In September I spent a few sunny days back home. It was a really lovely holiday!


I was there mainly to attend a family wedding and spend time with my mum and grandma, but The Boy and I combined that with a short stay in a small fishing village. I think we managed to strike the perfect balance between family time and relaxation by the sea. For me, most of the family obligations are a bit of a drag, but it’s always fun to see things through The Boy’s eyes. Instead of thinking of it as “yet another extended family dinner”, I suspect he sees it as “a large gathering of loud people with impossible quantities of food” which is way more entertaining.

Our time by the sea was fantastic! We accidentally found ourselves staying in a “hippie” hotel that offered a full timetable of yoga, pilates, and meditation classes every day, which I definitely took advantage of. Other than that, we spent our days swimming and reading and soaking up the sunshine, alternating between the beach and the pool. Pure bliss! We had our dinner at a seafood place on the marina every night; I don’t think there’s anything better than fish and seafood straight from the boat, cooked in the simplest way and enjoyed right by the sea. I made friends with all of the marina cats as well, and I think they quite enjoyed dinnertime too!

I didn’t take that many pictures during our holiday, but I thought I’d post some of my favourite ones here. Just in case the weather where you are is grey & miserable like it is in Oxford today and you need a dose of Mediterranean sunshine!

Sunshine on a Mediterranean island

Sunshine on a Mediterranean island

Sunshine on a Mediterranean island

Sunshine on a Mediterranean island

Sunshine on a Mediterranean island


A Cornish holiday – The Eden Project

A visit to the Eden project was on top of my list for our Cornish holiday. I had heard so many great things for this unique place and was really keen to see it. It is set in a big crater, the rather desolate remains from a no-longer used clay pit. It went through an incredible transformation and it is now a destination dedicated to environmentally-friendly agriculture, living in balance with nature, and sustainability.

The Eden project consists of two massive biodomes, surrounded by outdoor gardens, fields, and even small-sized woodlands. The Tropical and the Mediterranean Biomes really dominate the landscape, they definitely made me feel like I had found myself in a sci-fi film. We caught glimpses of them while wandering around the outdoor gardens which felt a bit surreal.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

Outside, we found gardens designed to evoke memories and tantalise the senses. I loved the sweet-smelling, pink rose walk, the fields of daisies, the picture perfect cottage garden, and the Cornish woodland walks. The Boy was quite taken by the hops and barley fields because beer is high up on his list of interests.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall@ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall@ alittleadventure.net

Going inside the Mediterranean Biome felt like I had gone back home. The scent of thyme and rosemary, the citrus trees, the olive groves, the little hillside vineyards, the bright saturated colour of the bougainvillea, the little sparrows fluttering around, the warmth on my skin. Everything felt so lovely and familiar.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

And then we were off to the tropics. The Tropical Biome hosts the largest rainforest “in captivity” in the world. It is a vast indoor jungle, including a waterfall, colourful tropical birds, coffee and cacao plants, and all sorts of nut and spice plants. I loved walking among the tall palm trees, seeing the African totems, peeking inside the south Pacific wooden huts, and then taking in the great view from the canopy walkway. I wasn’t so keen on the humidity though, my hair was rather frizzy and scary by the end but it was a small price to pay.

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Eden project, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

We spent the whole day at the Eden project and it was such a wonderful visit. It was so incredible to see how an ugly and deserted crater was transformed into a place simply bursting with life. The Eden project is certainly a thought-provoking, inspiring place, but it’s also just so much fun. I think visiting would be a great experience for people of all ages, I’ve been recommending to absolutely everyone since we’ve been back. And I certainly can’t wait to go back again!

A Cornish holiday – Along the coast

The incredibly varied landscape along the Cornish coast really took me by surprise. I expected to only find rocky cliffs and dark blue, choppy seas. But it was so much more than that!

The south coast was much more tame than what I imagined. The climate is quite mild and so wildflower meadows and shady woods reach the edge of the cliffs. It was so lovely to walk along paths shaded by tall trees with gentle waves tickling the rocks down below. There are beautiful little coves with sheltered sandy beaches; in my experience these were excellent places to look for sea shells carried on the shore by the tide. The weather during our stay was perfect, and so the blue sea looked very peaceful and inviting – if only it wasn’t so cold.

The south coast of Cornwall near Looe @ alittleadventure.net

The south coast of Cornwall near Looe @ alittleadventure.net

Talland Bay on the south coast of Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The south coast of Cornwall near Looe @ alittleadventure.net

On the north coast, I finally found the significantly more dramatic and wild landscape that I expected. A jagged coast, sharp drops, and deep blue waves crashing on the cliffs. However, that’s not the whole story. The water in some sheltered bays was so clear and turquoise and calm, it practically urged me to jump in.

Perhaps the greatest surprise for me was the Atlantic coast near Padstow, where the river Camel meets the ocean. I never expected to find such beautiful, white sand beaches with the sea exhibiting a wide range of greens and blues. It looked practically tropical! I also found it very interesting to explore the grassy sand dunes along this coast, I loved the contrast of colours provided by the grasses, the wildflowers, the sand, and the sea.

The north coast of Cornwall near Tintagel @ alittleadventure.net

The north coast of Cornwall near Tintagel @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The Atlantic coast near Padstow, Cornwall @ alittleadventure.net

The coast of Cornwall was nothing like I expected and very different to any other place in the UK that I’ve seen. Every day I was amazed at the beauty and wide range of the landscape. I can’t wait to go back someday! Have you ever visited Cornwall? What’s your favourite summer holiday destination?

A Cornish holiday – Fishing ports

I was so very charmed by the fishing towns and villages we’ve visited in Cornwall on our recent holiday. Both on the south and north coast, we found tiny little places, so picturesque and quaint, sitting like jewels in hidden coves with turquoise waters. I loved wandering around their winding -and sometimes very steep- streets and found that watching the fishing boats come and go is greatly relaxing. I also really appreciated being able to practically see my lunch being unloaded from the fishing boat, carried a few dozen steps to the pub kitchen and shortly after that arrive at our table. Fish and seafood, as fresh as it gets!

Here are some pictures from Looe (which is where we stayed), Polperro, Port Isaac, and Padstow. I think all are places worth visiting if you are ever in Cornwall.

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Cornish fishing ports @ alittleadventure.net

Pics 1,2,8,9: Polperro
Pics 3,4,7: Looe
Pic 5: Padstow
Pic 6: Port Isaac

One of my favourite views in the Cotswolds.

bookworm_view1 bookworm_view2 bookworm_view3 bookworm_view4 bookworm_view5This is a spot in the Cotswolds that I simply must stop and photograph every time I’m there. It’s right outside Maugersbury, on the way to Stow-on-the-Wold and I just love the rolling hills, and all the differentย fields divided by hedgerows.