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.
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