That brick road surrounded by water… - 18 April 2006

Grab the girl, get on the train and spend the Easter Holydays exploring Cornwall and the local attractions.
Sounds like a brilliant plan.

Easter in Eden. A chocolate day.

Sunday morning. The clouds from the day before were finally replaced by the sun and a very nice blue sky (so Lindsey said. Blue is quite a normal color to me).
Lindsey obviously didn't forget that it was my birthday, and after a quick celebration I was presented with too many presents for my poor standards. It was Easter as well, so she received many, many chocolate eggs.

Inside the domeThe domesAfter a decent English breakfast we packed again for another day field trip, this time to the Eden's Project.
I saw some pictures on the Cornwall guide I bought some months ago and it looked very interesting. Even if I'm not a big fan of places where the amount of kids, families, plants and flowers, the architecture design inspired me.
It looked like some sort of a giant sci-fi base from a Japanese cartoon with big robots, and I loved it.

Weee Man2 hours later by train from Penzance and after 20 minutes by bus, the first view of the gigantic complex inside the massive cave was staggering: the two transparent domes remind me so much of all these books, films and cartoons I enjoyed in my childhood (until I was 25 then) that I felt very emotional, in the same way I cried like a baby when Arny died at the end of Terminator 2.

Eden's GardenThe Eden Projects sits at the bottom of a disused china clay quarry, and basically is composed of two big domes, each one containing a different biosphere (Humid Tropics Biome and Temperate / Arid Biome).
Just like the polish palmiarnia I visited last year, just on a much bigger scale, but without the amount of great animals (snakes and weird looking fishes) that entertained so much.

Exploring the biomes, especially the Tropic one, took a lot of time. The amount of people, the narrow paths and the humidity inside forced us to stop many times just to relax and enjoy the view. Even for someone so used to hot temperature like Lindsey, sometimes the humidity was just too much. My ass was sweaty: my underwear almost slipped away.

Eating grassGlass on plantsPlants of coke (or cola?), cocoa, rubber, bananas etc... pretty much everything that we stole from our small and ipodless friends in the Amazon Forest and then we waste here.

After a short lunch with some local Cornish pasties, which by the way are not that tasty at all, we explored the other dome, a bit smaller but definitely more relaxing, with its strawberry and Mediterranean plants, its south African vegetables and some other green stuff.

ThanksThen we explored the surrounding gardens with their weird statues and after an hour walking around we decided to stop for a last break in the core.

The domesThe Core is the "educational" section of the Eden Project, incorporating classrooms and exhibition spaces designed to help communicate Eden's central message about the relationship between people and plants.
They have a nice coffee but a terrible ginger lemonade in the bar at the top floor.

Before leaving the site Lindsey explored the gift shop while I just walked through it but somehow she convinced me about buying some essential gifts for her friends. Probably I was too tired.

Back in Penzance for our last night, we celebrated my birthday and the end of the Easter day in the local "original Italian" pizzeria where everyone was polish. Even the pizza.

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