I just thought I would put my 2 cents in on this...While St. Ives and
Padstow are popular with tourists, they are not awful places to visit.
Anyone with a strong interest in art can have a great time
in St. Ives at galleries and the museum, and The Fish Restaurant and it's
related cafe are the best, to my knowledge, places to eat for many miles
Clovely is so commercial that we have taken to calling it Clovely World
but have actually had a wonderful time there. If you go when the crowds
are thin, you can almost forget having to pay to get
into the town! I will also add that I had the best strawberry ice cream
cone there, made from fresh Devon cream and local fruit, that I have ever
tasted in my life. And I bought my favorite Barbour
jacket very cheaply in one of the outlets that ring the parking lot. I
know that a town with a parking lot seems a bit absurd, but I was happy
visiting this place.
As to Tintagel, once one leaves the very small town, and begins to climb
about the ruins, an awesome sense of history and antiquity can be experienced.
Whether King Arthur had anything to do with
this place or not, it is still utterly fascinating and the views are spectaclar.
I will also add that I am one of those travellers who feels that most
well-visited sites are well-visited for a reason. There is usually something
there that has made them popular with travellers.
And while I would like to have them all to myself, I am happy that the
democratization of travel has made so many interesting places accessible
to middle class working folks like myself. I try hard not
to condemn tourists, and I also try to understand the economic necessities
that bring about commercialization in popular tourist spots.
I guess I just needed to get that off my chest. I hate the phrase too
many tourists because it is usually uttered by a tourist (sometimes me,
but I'm trying to get over it)!
Debbie in PA