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I spent a lovely week in Cornwall over Christmas seeing my Mum each day and visiting various towns and villages near the Lizard where I was staying. The harbour at Coverack by night was a magical scene with Christmas lights and decorations illuminating the small fishing boats in the harbour. I also took a couple of walks to my favourite places anywhere in the world - Kynance Cove and Lizard Point. The sunsets at this time of the year are truly spectacular. ...
... the castle. Unfortunately it was not open, but you could still stroll around the fort bits on the hillside. Pretty impressive and nice for a wander. Again on such a beautiful sunny day, we were spoilt with views. Managed to spot another seal in the water aswell!
From here it was time to head home, but what a lovely few days of winter Cornish sun!
... The 2 seals approached the sandy beach and spent some time rolling around in the waves, getting washed up and back. They rolled around each other and were kind of play fighting, until one kept trying to get on top of the other. Mating season?! We watched for ages before tearing ourselves away to continue on the coast path. We made it round to Nanjizal beach which had some beautiful and interesting large pebbles and stones, as well as a tall natural arch leading out ...
... of season! Still nice for a wander round the tiny community and pretty harbour, with some good steps for us to soak up some sun and enjoy a flapjack!
Leaving Marazion, we continued along the coast to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre. This is an open-air theatre built into the sea cliff. It's amazing! Terraces of stone leading down to the main stage area with balconies and things as well, all with the backdrop of the ocean. I imagine it is ...
... we were halted by dense traffic, looked surprisingly well-nourished – we were informed that, for them, begging is a business often, alas, organised by unscrupulous adults.
In Uttarakhand in the north, and Rajasthan further south, we saw no real poverty at all. A simpler life-style, such as that of Mr Badal Singh and his family in Khuri, with no cars dishwashers, televisions etc., might appear impoverished to the western consumer-driven eye, but ...