We just got back from our maiden family holiday! For five nights we headed down to Cornwall not only our first trip as a family but my first time to the far west of England. From London it was a long drive, listening to audio books where Lily slept the majority of the time in her car seat (so thankful) and mark and I listened to audiobooks. We finished American Assassin by Vince Flynn and The Camel Club by David Baldacci (Author) the first Mitch Rapp and Camel Club book respectively. We are now on to the second Camel Club book, The Collectors, and personally I am listening to The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. As I feared the seven hour drive – more like nine or ten with stops – would be too much for Lily in one day we stopped for the night in Exeter on the way and bath on the way back.
Once in Cornwall we stayed in Carbis Bay in a cute Airbnb. This location was is just down the beach from st Ives and was a great central spot to explore the area. On half day trips we visited St. Michael’s Mount which has been on my bucket list for years as well as lizard point. Then on the Sunday we spent the day exploring the area on foot doing a long 10 mile walk taking turns carrying Lily. Here are some of my favorite shots from our Cornwall holiday:
As we arrived at St. Michael’s Mount in the morning at low tide we were able to walk across the Causeway to the island
It was much prettier once you climbed the hill and got closer.
St. Michael’s Mount while originally a monastery and then a castle is now a family home i love the historic Dining Room
I asked Mark to take this photo of Lily and I with the historic Castle Cannons at St. Michael’s Mount
How pretty are the terraced subtropical gardens of St Michael’s Mount?
I am glad we bought the full castle ticket as I have never seen anything quite like these outdoor succulents!
I had hoped the haze would burn off by the early afternoon but even though it hasn’t you can see the castle on the top of the island clearly and also the causeway completely covered by the tide.
Sunday was Fathers Day and a cute shop in downtown St. Ives, Pengenna Pasties, had traditional Cornish pasties to celebrate.
The view of Carbis Bay from Airbnb (you can find the listing here) was beautiful!
Even though school has not let out for the Summer Carbis Bay Beach was still quite busy. If we had not been with Lily I definitely would have rented a kayak or maybe even taken a surf lesson!
On the recommendation of a coworker we did the St. Ives Coastal walk and then added in a few miles for good measure.
A family]y selfie at mile six!
There are countless seagulls in St. Ives and we did not escape them, we got a bit of poop on BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Free
A gorgeous view of St. Ives at low tide from Porthminster Beach
And I am obsessed with Lily’s little pouty face in this shot – she looks so unimpressed with the clear blue water!
Which is your favorite shot from our Cornwall holiday?