It’s not every day a title warrants an exclamation point (contrary to popular behaviour), but this isn’t just any ol’ blog post. Within this page, a little below this paragraph, you will find my very first “vlog”.
Why am I doing a vlog? Well, some of my most admired blogs are doing them (World of Wanderlust, Yoga by Candace, This Rawsome Vegan life). So partly, it comes down to inspiration. Plus, videos are cool - there's no disputing it.
When it comes to travel blogs in particular, I think there is a real opportunity to convey something more through video. And let’s be honest, while I am by no means a super comfortable or confident person (in fact I am pretty much the definition of awkward and insecure) for some reason I have always been a bit of an exhibitionist in front of cameras.
Here goes nuttin’…
Aside from the vlog, there was a decidedly “filmic” theme to my weekend in Cornwall. As I mentioned, I am travelling in the UK with some family (including my cousin Kyle, who is keeping his own blog, Travelling Scarf). We began at Islay and then headed to London. From London, we hired a car and drove to Cornwall.
On the way, we made a stopover in a World Heritage listed town by the name of Lacock. Lacock has the claim to fame of containing an Abbey that featured in the Harry Pottter movies (the ridiculous name is just a hilarious bonus for anyone with a sense of humour as juvenile as my own).
I, and my family along with me, are massive Harry Potter fans from way back (oh – and we all have juvenile senses of humour also) so a trip to Lacock and the Abbey was a must. Once we got there, we discovered that the town is also celebrated as the birthplace of photography. William Henry Fox Talbot, a homegrown Lacockian, invented calotype which was one of the earliest photographic processes. I suspect this is probably a more notable and enduring claim to fame than the Harry Potter thing.
Once we arrived in Cornwall, we had to pay a visit to Port Isaac, which has the dubious claim to fame of being the location for the British TV Series Doc Martin, which is an especial favourite of my Uncle Mark.
Now, I am certainly not above cringe-worthy British television (Midsomer Murders is a pretty good case in point) but let it be known that I do not share my Uncle’s passion for Doc Martin. I was just here for the scenery, which was also quite good.
We stayed at the Headland Hotel in Newquay. The Headland Hotel opened in June 1900, and since then has boasted several noteworthy achievements.
It has played host to some royals: Edwards VII and King George VI (“Bertie” of The King’s Speech fame), and the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal have also visited and stayed on several occasions (I'm still not sure WHICH Prince of Wales this is referring to, but it's listed on their website, and sounds impressive).
During the Second World War the hotel was requisitioned as an RAF hospital (there have since been reported sightings of ghostly visions in a nurses cap). And in 1987, the Hotel was immortalised in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
But The Witches thing is the coolest, clearly.
You have probably already gained the impression that the Headland Hotel is quite fancy. In fact it is so fancy that on our first night, on asking for a table at the downstairs restaurant, we were advised that perhaps we would prefer to dine in the Terrace area where it is a little more.. er.. casual. LOL!!
To be fair, we chose to see this as a funny little episode (we don’t really see ourselves as fancy, and were actually much more comfortable in the Terrace area) and it didn’t get in the way of our stay at all. The staff were also very kind and accommodating (once they got used to my family’s sense of humour).
So, getting back to the point: what did I do in Cornwall? Well, let me tell you!
First there was a little bit of this…
Then there was a little bit of this…
And finally there was a little bit of this…
I hope you enjoyed my first vlog. Please leave your Razzie nominations in the “Comments” field below.