Thursday, 21 January 2016


Last month, we made Redruth our base in Cornwall during our post-Christmas break. We originally wanted to stay in the heart of St Ives, but Tregenna Castle (check out this former castle converted into a hotel), overlooking St Ives Bay, was fully booked by the time we decided we were definitely spending a few days in the Cornish resort. 

We drove back and forth to St Ives to familiarise ourselves with the narrow and steep roads and parking spots as we booked dinner at the highly rated Alba restaurant located at the Old Lifeboat House. I'm sorry that I have no photos of the interior and food as I do my best to refrain from social-media-driven distractions from moments such as dinner with loved ones. Besides, I'm not a food nor a restaurant reviewer, hence I'm uncomfortable snapping away. 

But having said that, we can honestly recommend the Alba. All the reviews were consistent with our experience. Book the restaurant if you ever find yourself in St Ives. The Cornish crab linguine, chicken and foie gras terrine, scallops, and home-baked petit fours were mouth-watering. 

There were several pay-and-display parking spaces in St Ives but as the town is a tourist trap even on cold days, it's not unusual that remaining spaces were only available uphill. Comfortable shoes are a must.

I suggest to have your camera at the ready as the descent to the high street and bay offers some pretty impressive views. 

The uphill parking where you have a first taste of the view down below

What I most especially loved about this trip to St Ives was that it's such a dog-friendly town. The high street was teeming with various dog breeds they could outnumber the people leisurely walking around. All the dogs were gorgeous, I'm seriously feeling dog-broody. I have my eye on a goldendoodle, and I must say that for the first time in my life I'm feeling certainly maternal --at least to a canine baby. 

It's not even a month ago, but it feels like it's been a while since this last break. I could use one at least every quarter, but this year, I'm working on some very personal projects that require my mental energy and cash injection that holidays and breaks may be few and far between. 

I'll definitely pop around your blogs and other social media pages, and will be posting here every now and then. 

See you!

1 comment:

  1. We all need the break sometimes so you were fortunate to fit this break to Cornwall in. It looks picturesque; the last time I went was for work so I didn't really get to see so much of this side of Cornwall. I'm not a dog fan so that would have ruined it for me if there were too many. I hear you about committing to your projects, that's me this year too so no lavish holidays or unnecessary spending for me but hopefully I can get away on a few staycations. Do you know we should make an effort to meet one day and go for lunch, if you don't feel that's too creepy/stalkerish - we can arrange something for the spring maybe and I can pop down to London. Until then my lovely..........xx


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