My Favourite Place – St Ives

St Ives

Since the 1950s I’ve been going to St Ives in Cornwall.  The English seaside town famous for it’s beaches, safe harbour, rocky coastline and artists community is still a popular resort and one of my favourite places.  Although I’m not sunbathing in my hand knitted bikini (yes, really!) or posing as an artists model as I did back in the day, I’m still enjoying the narrow streets of boutiques and art galleries and catching up with friends.  Back in the 1950s I’d never been abroad and although I’m lucky to travel the world with my modelling these days it is still the place I can’t wait to get back to for my annual visit.

Daphne Selfe in St Ives

I love the beauty of the picturesque Cornish town and fantastic coast line and familiarity of it over all the years.  Walking up and down the hilly streets is good for keeping my legs strong and in shape.

St Ives is situated on the western shore of St Ives Bay, its harbour sheltered by St Ives Island (a headland) and Smeaton’s pier. Close to the harbour, its streets are narrow and uneven while its wider streets are in the newer parts of the town on rising ground. The town has four beaches: Porthmeor a surfing beach, Porthgwidden a small sandy cove, Harbour by the working port and Porthminster which has almost half a mile of sand.   St Ives has an oceanic climate and has some of the mildest winters and warmest summers in Britain and Northern Europe. It is therefore a popular tourist resort in the summer, and also benefits from an average of 1700–2000 hours of sunshine a year.  The South West Coast Path passes through the town.

Do you have a favourite place that you love like no other?  Do let me know I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Wishing you a happy and relaxing August where ever you are

Daphne Sig

4 thoughts on “My Favourite Place – St Ives”

  1. Hi there ! I live in the beautiful island of Bermuda . Our beaches our breathtaking the Atlantic Ocean surrounds us so we can see the ocean almost everywhere we travel here ! The pink sand and the clear water are some of the most wonderful things here on the island . I sometimes think I would like to live somewhere else but I couldnt imagine it full time . The island is full of charm friendly people lots of history to visit . We have very good restaurants and coffee shops. Bermuda is a small island that’s why we need to go away on vacation to . I have been to Egypt 20 times my best friend lived there . Potugal England and Scotland and the U S I loved all these places all different but each Unique in every way . Kindest Reagards Donna

    Dear Donna,
    Your island sounds idyllic – lucky you!

  2. St.Ives sounds delightful. I am a traveller and artist at heart and the Greek islands were the most welcoming to a man of my disposition. On the island of Crete i found acceptance of my wondering ways and spent an enchanting summer earning my crust as a pavement artist and filling my days aiding the conservation of loggerhead sea turtles. The landscape is varied and the south of the island still free from mass development, at least last time i was there. Sunsets to make the jaw drop await those with a care to look skyward and the cuisine, heaven sent.

    Dear Dominic,
    Your description made me think of Gerald Durrell and all his wonderful stories of nearby Corfu.

  3. Hi Daphne,
    Your favourite holiday destination is so beautiful. Being seaside or anywhere that combines water, art and creativity feeds the soul. I have a couple of favourite places, Noosa on the Sunshine Coast Queensland, close to my home is stunningly beautiful with its white sand, great surf, divine sunsets, amazing restaurants and diverse shopping. Tasmania, my birth place is rich in its landscape with the cleanest air and pure beauty in the countyside, beaches and rugged wilderness. Ideal for indulging in its world class organic produce, food and wine. It’s breath taking and no matter how often I go there I’m alway in awe of how beautiful it is and how lucky I am.
    Warmest regards, Jude

    Dear Jude,
    Sounds wonderful and yes, we are lucky

  4. My favourite place is Buccament Bay on the Caribbean Island of St Vincent. It is stunningly beautiful and relaxing. There is so much to do if you are active like me from tennis to kayaking and exploring the island. Last time I was there I learnt to do the Salsa! It is definitely 5* and I leave feeling refreshed from all the pampering and fabulous food.

    Love Claire

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