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Trip Report This Pirate goes to Penzance, and then on to the land of Fire and Ice

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In my youth I belonged to a Gilbert and Sullivan group, playing in the pit orchestra for most of the G&S productions. The Pirates of Penzance was the one we did most, so being a "slave of duty," Penzance had long been on my bucket list to visit. We combined that with a contrasting trip later to Iceland for nostalgia's sake since Iceland was the first country we visited as a couple, in fact it was on our honeymoon nearly fifty years ago. We chose Iceland simply because Loftleidir Airlines offered the cheapest fares to Europe since they were still flying turboprops.

This time we began our trip going to JFK to board American Airlines to Heathrow, taking the Heathrow express into Paddington Station where we boarded our train for the 51/2 hour ride to Penzance making for a very long 2 days. The train...
Climbing over rocky mountain,
Skipping rivulet and fountain,
Passing where the willows quiver
By the ever-rolling river,

Swollen with the summer rain :
Threading long and leafy mazes
Dotted with unnumbered daisies ;

Until we arrived in Penzance well past 8 in the evening. Seated on the side of the train where one can see the water, it was quite the scenic trip with lots of sheep safely grazing. Thank you Annhig.

Now on this forum our fellow fodorite Irishface wrote that she would be in Penzance during the same time we would be there with a companion, so I suggested on her thread that it would be nice if we could meet for dinner during our overlapping time, but had not heard from her one way or the other. I did mention that we would be staying at the Stanley Guest House. When we arrived at the Guesthouse, I was delighted to learn of a message awaiting us that Irishface and her companion had come by and that they would be at the Queens Hotel which was less than a five minute walk from our guest house, both being on the Promenade. She did not know me by any other but my screen name but Kate, our hostess guessed who it would be. I cleaned up a bit and walked over to the Queens on the chance that they were around. At the desk they did not have a listing under her name but were kind enough to scan their guestlist for 2 American women traveling together and since I knew her State, they were quickly found, room contacted and dinner date made for the next day.

A word about the Stanley Guest House. Have you seen Fawlty Towers? The staircase at the Stanley reminded me of the one in the show where one walks up the stairs, then down, then up again to get to our top floor room. Our room was basic and nice, ensuite with a wonderful view of the sea and Jubilee pool. The same sea view that one would have at the Queens. Our hostess Kate is delightful and eager to please. She even had gluten free items for DW at breakfast since I mentioned that it would be appreciated. By the time we were ready to go for dinner it was past 10pm and the kitchen's in all of the nearby restaurants were closed, so our first Penzantic meal was from a Chinese take out that was still open.

Next, a day walking Penzance and we meet up with Irishface and Judy for dinner.

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