|village and castle seen from harbor|
The tide was coming in when we set out so we hopped on one of the many small boats available to ferry visitors over to the island. Within a few minutes we were transported from Chapel Rock to the harbor at the Mount. One of the many guides on the island suggested we do the gardens first, and he was absolutely right! We made it through most of the gardens without encountering a great number of people, which made photographing them much easier.
|red hot pokers & Marazion in the distance|
The gardens are sloped and terraced, so there was much climbing involved. Anne and I decided that it was still easier than climbing Glastonbury Tor, and there were benches and sitting areas placed so that one could rest after climbing a bit. After our investigation of the gardens we repaired to the Sail Loft restaurant for a cup of tea and a rest.
|western side of castle|
After scrambling a bit more, we reached the western entrance to the castle. Since this is still the private home of the St Aubyn family, only a portion of the castle is accessible to visitors. What there is so see is still impressive.
|altar and stained glass|
The castle has been the home of the St Aubyn family since approximately 1650. Although now owned by the National Trust, the family has a 999 year lease to live in the castle and manage the viewing of the property.
Well it has been a thoroughly wonderful, and exhausting day! Tomorrow we try to make the Eden Project again. Hopefully the trains will cooperate!