Saturday, 13 September 2008

Fowey

After much surveying what to see next. We decided to stop at picturesque village of Fowey. Fowey, pronounced Foy to rhyme with Joy! Situated on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey, Fowey is not only an historic town but also a commercial seaport. Over the centuries Fowey has grown and now stretches for about a mile along the west bank of the River Fowey to the mouth of the river. Situated on the opposite bank, also at the mouth of the river, is the village of Polruan. A regular passenger ferry connects the two and further up river a car ferry runs from Fowey to Bodinnick on the other side of the river.The medieval and Tudor cottages, narrow steep winding streets with glimpses of the shimmering river below, busy with yachts and boats; cobbled walkways perfumed with flowers from hanging baskets and window boxes and the quays bustling with life, all help to encant the holiday maker, many of whom choose to visit Fowey year after year. My favorite shop... french furniture!!!And for 6 pounds per adult, you can enjoy the view of Fowey and neighbouring dock of Polruan. Definetely faster than walking or driving! And to my surprise, our boat was a old fashioned steam boat!This is usually a 45 minute trip around the harbour taking in the sights from the docks up river down to the harbour mouth with the boatman providing information on what you can see. These trips do not need to be booked in advance but operate throughout the day.Loads of pastel coloured houses facing the estuary.You can even find a celeb house here (below), this is belongs to Brits comedian, Dawn French. The £2.3 million mansion with 40 rooms overlooks a smugglers' cove in the Daphne du Maurier country. The grade II-listed building dates back to the 19th century.And below, St Catherine's Castle.The Remains of o a small artillery fort built by Henry VIII to defend Fowey harbour. It has two storeys with gun ports at ground level. Below the 16th century fort is a two gun battery built in 1855.Blockhouses(above). On either side of the harbour entrance are the ruins of square blockhouses built around 1380, between which a chain was hung to prevent the entry of undesirable ships into the harbour. Polruan blockhouse is a prominent point at the harbour entrance and may be visited on foot. From there you can look across to the remains of the Fowey blockhouse which is not accessible to visitors.Place House. Visible as the tower which stands behind the church, Place has been home of the Treffry family since the 13th Century. It is not open to the public and is best viewed from the river.(The palace lookalike building on the picture above).So, why don't I start planning my retirement now?

2 comments:

AG said...

foto2nya bagus je, hihihihi.. :p
maren ini ya, gw lagi mulai mencoba bereksperimen pake photoshop.. sebenernya, buat elo ndiri ya, elo prefer photoshop, or gimp?

J.H said...

GIMP donk... hahaha, gw ga rela bayar tapi ga mau pake software bajakan, jadi no choice :P