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"You could climb Mt. Everest in these sandals!"

"You could climb Mt. Everest in these sandals!"

The next morning we woke up prepared to take on a full day of sightseeing. We planned on hitting three stops on the second day. First up on our itinerary, Clovelly. Sorry for the onslaught of scenic pics, but this town was unlike anything I've ever seen.

  Clovelly, England

Clovelly, England

This seaside fishing village found popularity thanks to Dickens' 19th century novel A Message from the Sea.

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It still holds all the charm that it has had since its origin, with steep cobblestoned streets winding between quaint little homes. Donkeys still graze at the top of the hill ready to drag down provisions and passengers to the bottom of the town.

  Clovelly donkeys

Clovelly donkeys

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We passed a friendly Clovelly cat along the way! 

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Look at my new fisherman buddy posing for the camera! His name was in fact Smee.

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Sadly we didn't have time to explore the waters by boat.

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  picturesque town by the sea

picturesque town by the sea

  Chloe and Hannah hopped on the ledge

Chloe and Hannah hopped on the ledge

We finally made it down to the bottom to lounge on the rocky shore.

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The guys were attempting to teach us how to skip stones. Let's just say that my form wasn't the best for a photo. Here's Chloe putting me to shame.

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Looks like there was already an Amanda here before me! 

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I could have sat by that water for hours, but "The Georgia Kate" awaits to take up on to our next destination...

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the stunning Boscastle! 

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This pretty harbor village lies among headlands once carved by the pounding Atlantic. In 1870, English poet and writer Thomas Hardy arrived in Boscastle to help restore their local church. He ended up falling in love with a resident whom he later married. She is the inspiration for his great work, Hardy's Poems 1912-1913.

  The village

The village

  Following Tess up the trail

Following Tess up the trail

We stopped at the local bakery to buy authentic pasties for lunch. Sadly I couldn't snap a picture of this delicious pastry because I devoured it the second we sat down. But they are these warm, buttery pastries stuffed with potatoes, vegetables, and meat. The region of Cornwall (where Boscastle is located) is known to have the best pasties around.

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  Chloe running down from the peak of the cliff.

Chloe running down from the peak of the cliff.

Apparently I was deep in thought on my cliffside walk...

  Chacos never let me down.

Chacos never let me down.

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Professor Adrian seemed to be enjoying the view from the top as well.

  YO Adrian!

YO Adrian!

   See the hidden pink village house?

See the hidden pink village house?

I can never resist a good photo op, but the look on Chloe's face tells me she's not a fan. 

  Man overboard!

Man overboard!

Such a fun day, and we still have one more stop! Next post is all about King Arthur, Merlin's Cave, and the quest for the Holy Grail. 


"So Merlin actually lived in this cave?"

"So Merlin actually lived in this cave?"

"We're gonna be feeling this tomorrow."

"We're gonna be feeling this tomorrow."

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