We set off from Tregenna castle, St Ives around 9.30am. D felt car sick almost straight away (and I really felt sympathetic towards him after my bout of sea sickness yesterday!). Miss T had woken up extremely early in the morning so she dozed for a while which made the long journey more manageable for her.
It didn't seem a particularly big place and the coastline was mainly mud flats. The kids had a run and a stretch along the seafront before crossing the road to Tiffin, a lovely cafe and tea rooms situated right opposite the sea.
We had tasty beef, with mash and veg (they'd even cooked the cabbage to perfection - not mushy at all). D had bangers and mash made with good quality sausages. And J had a fish finger sandwich but not the usual fish fingers that come to mind - these were again good quality, most probably home made, fish fingers. Service was speedy and efficient. We were delighted with our lovely lunch there and would thoroughly recommend Tiffin
After visiting Cardiff in 2011 on a spontaneous outing whilst homeschooling (that's the beauty of homeschooling - you're not tied into when you can and can't go on holiday), I knew I wanted to come back.
It is just such a great city (apart from the rain we seem to have each time we visit). Last time we had stayed in the Novotel hotel just minutes from the city centre. This time we were booked into St David's Hotel and Spa in the Cardiff Bay Area.
Fowey hall spelled out luxury for the family friendly end of the spectrum, St David's hotel and spa is synonymous with luxury on the corporate / business end of the spectrum. I found myself really admiring the architecture of the place.
The Spa had been voted Wales best spa in 2012 and we could totally understand why that is. You can borrow a robe and slippers in the spa area. It is all immaculately clean. The swimming pool has crystal clear water.
There are just two time slots each day when children are permitted in the pool. We got there in time for the 5-6pm slot. We were so glad to have made it to the pool for a swim after being cooped up in the car for most the day.
Our day was still not over. We'd arrived to a bustling Cardiff Bay with the Extreme sailing event taking place over this weekend. We took an evening stroll around the area, making sure we could find our way to the Doctor Who experience which we are hoping to visit tomorrow.
Mania coffee shop was just what we needed - open til late and with a fabulous selection of sandwiches, paninis and baguettes. Amazing hot chocolate, fruit smoothies, and cakes too!
Prices seemed very reasonable compared with other similar coffee shops and we were very impressed with the quality.
Much to the excitement of the boys we spotted a bat flying around just outside the hotel. Then it was bedtime. Night night.
Written up on Sunday 24th August 2014 (This was Day 6 of our road trip). Find out more about our road trip here.