Over Easter we visited some of Mike’s relatives in the southwest. Plymouth is located between the Counties of Devon and Cornwall, which are separated by the River Tamar.
We stayed with Mike’s cousin and her lovely family. She has two little girls that adore babies and doted over William all weekend. They sang to him, tried to make him laugh and shared all their favourite toys with him. It was nice to be around little children because it reminded me of my nephews in Canada. We had wonderful family dinners at his Aunt and Uncle’s as well as each of his cousin’s homes. They also did an excellent job showing us around.
We took in the fresh sea air at Bigbury on Sea. The beach runs along the coastline of the English Channel.
There were surfers in the water and even some brave young children frolicking about.
Burgh Island overlooks the beach and has a well known hotel on it. During low tide you can access the island by walking on the sand, however when the tide is in you have to ride a sea tractor to reach the Island.
We went for a walk in the beautiful Saltram Park. The historic grounds were packed with people enjoying the beautiful weather.
The parkland overlooks the River Plym and is home to the Saltram House which is a Georgian style Mansion.
We strolled along the Barbican, which is the old harbour area of the city.
It was one of the few parts to escape the destruction of the Second World War and therefore retains a lot of it’s architecture.
It was an indulgent weekend filled with Easter chocolate, family roasts and cakes made with Cornish clotted cream. However, I can’t believe I never tried a Cornish Pasty! It will be on my list for the next time I go back!