Polzeath Cornwall

Sunday was our final day and another hungover late start (starting to spot a pattern here!) we wanted to go visit the coast and what with us being in Cornwall there was several different options to choose from but in the end we decided to head to Polzeath. The bay there is incredible. We had a lovely walk along the beach, over the rocks and then along the coast. Afterwards we headed to a local pub for a late lunch. I had a delicious bowl of local Cornish mussels cooked in cider with bacon washed down with some local beer. We all then back to the house before heading back to Newquay airport and getting the Sunday night flight back to London. I hugely fun few days, I had such a good time. Thank you to my lovely friends Craig and Rob who hosted us so well.

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The Eden Project Cornwall

On the Saturday we made our way to the Eden Project. I’d been wanting to visit this place ever since it opened at the turn of the millennium, so I was super excited to check it out. I’d heard reports that it can get incredibly busy, but what with the COVID pandemic it wasn’t actually too bad at all went we visited. It’s a really impressive site, with the domes looking almost otherworldly set in the old chalk quarry. The outside area is actually almost as impressive as inside the domes. The planting is incredible and you really do feel like you could be in the rainforest.

Afterwards we drove to the nearby town of Fowey for a look around.. This is a beautiful little town situated right on the mouth of its namesake the River Fowey. At its centre is a lovely warren of narrow streets lined with beautiful traditional brightly coloured Cornish cottages, many of which are now rented out as holiday lets. We found a lovely little pub right on the waterfront and enjoyed a few pints while admiring the view. Before we headed back to the house we stopped at a local bakery and picked up some Cornish pasties and some scones with local clotted cream for a late lunch.

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Camel Valley Vineyard Cornwall

On Friday after a bit of a late start due to quite a boozy first night we made our way to the nearby Camel Valley Vineyard to do a tour of the estate and most excitingly do some wine tasting. We sat on a beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyard. We started with a selection of five sparkling wines and before moving onto five of their white wines. Each selection came with details of the particular wines and tasting notes. It was really interesting seeing and tasting the differences between them all. Collectively as a group our favourites were almost all the same. Our favourites were the Sparking Brut Rose and our favourite white wine was the Atlantic Dry.

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Boconnion Cornwall

Just as I was getting back from my Sicily holiday I got a text from my friend Craig inviting me down to his boyfriend Rob’s house in Cornwall for a long weekend. I didn’t really need or frankly deserve another holiday, but a lovely group of my friends were going and I couldn’t resist. Due to the fact that it was quite late notice the trains down to Cornwall were ridiculously expensive, so we ended up flying from Heathrow down to Newquay with British Airways. It was half the price of the train, much quicker, even with the the dreaded airport security and I even managed to use some of my many Avios to pay for some of the cost. We flew down Thursday evening and Craig picked us from Newquay airport and then drove us all back to the house.  Rob’s house is a gorgeous country house that he bought a few years ago and has stunningly renovated into a luxury holiday rental and wedding venue. If you want to rent it out or hold a wedding/ event there you can find more information here: https://www.boconnion.co.uk/

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Palermo Sicily

What with Covid-19 raging away around the world I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get away on holiday this year. Various different countries came and went off the safe quarantine list, so my options started to get quite limited. In the end after a couple of abortive holiday attempts, I decided to head to Sicily. Italy was on the safe list and I figured if the UK cancelled the air bridge while I was away hopefully it would only be for mainland Italy not the islands and Sicily was meant to have a particularly low R rate. A few years ago I’d spent a glorious month in Sardinia with an ex, so I’d always wanted to check out Sicily as well. I waited til the UK Government usually added countries to the no fly list on Thursday evening and then when Italy was still safe booked my flights for just a few days later to avoid any chance of then getting cancelled. Return flights came to a relatively bargain price of just over £100. Though it was was Ryanair and I elected to only take hand luggage. I always think this is enough, but it’s really not. I do really need more space for all my many grooming products!

I checked in and posted on Facebook that I was flying to Palermo and on landing I got a message from an old friend, Gabriel, telling me he was also in Palermo and that it was his birthday weekend, so before I knew it we were meeting for drinks and he was inviting me to his birthday party on the Saturday night. Suffice to say I spent the first few days in Palermo rather tipsy. We went to a lovely little bar/ restaurant called Al Chiosco where we had many Aperol Spritz and then dinner. Later on we ended up in Exit, Palermo’s only gay bar which was really buzzing. I met a lovely couple from Turin and even bumped into another London friend there. That went on til quite late and to be honest I don’t even remember getting back to my Airbnb I was so drunk. Saturday daytime was therefore a bit of a write off, then in the evening it was time for Gabriel’s birthday party. I met the boys at the bar from last night and we got a taxi to Villa Napoli, a stunning venue just a short car journey outside Palermo. The party was amazing and I got to try at lot of traditional Sicily food. We also had a full on dj and proper disco which was amazing after so long of being in lockdown and nightclubs closed in the UK.