After running the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall for 17 years, Graham King, his partner Kerriann Godwin, and their Chihuahua Yorkie cross Hugo are spending their retirement traveling around Europe in their beloved Hymer 508 motorhome, 'Dickie'.
"Let's go out about 9 o'clock, there's sure to be some
shanty singing in the town with all those sailors here for the rowing
race". Graham is ever the optimist. Having heard tales of the Boscastle
gig rowers on their annual race weekend in Tresco we were sure there would be a
lively atmosphere in town. As we strolled in we saw a slew of burly chaps
spilling on to the pavement. "Aha our first lively pub". As we drew
closer we noticed the masculine brutes were not partaking of any hop based
beverage but we're queueing up for ice creams and pancakes. Party animals!
Different types of fish nets
Quentin enjoys the scenery
Walking around town proved to be a further disappointment with no
rowdy behaviour or alcohol induced antics whatsoever, so we thought we'd have a
few drinks and go back to Dickie. We found a lovely hotel overlooking the port
and sat down to order a beer. Within minutes a strapping young lad appeared and
started taking the cushions in from all the chairs around us...."can you
pay now because we're closing in a few minutes". It was 9 40 pm. Tresco it
Having said that we spent a very relaxing morning watch the 130
rowing boats take off from Harlingen to Terschelling which is quite a row. It
was extremely well organised and took exactly one hour for the 13 groups of ten
to take off. Our favourite was WaterHex the Water Witch which sported a very
lovely witch on a broomstick on the front.
The boats head off
We headed off to Groningen after the race and I had just finished
reading about there being very little traffic in the city as most people had
bicycles when we got stuck in a Giant traffic jam. Several hours later we were
able to drive the wrong way down a slip road to get off the highway and head to
our next destination.
Our first traffic jam
Groningen is a busy city with the hint of Bangkok ( in a good
way) about it. Everyone cycles and the centre is jammed with bikes. They are
undergoing a major reconstruction and a large part of the main square is being
rebuilt. We did the city walk and easily cycled the 4km in and out of town - I
must say this cycling lark is rather fun.