This year we are spending Christmas with our family in Cornwall, so yesterday morning we took the first flight out from Gatwick and arrived at Newquay airport at 10:00.  From there, it took us only 40 minutes to drive to Falmouth and it was great to see Hylton, Petro and the kids. After our inital catch-up coffee, Petro took us to explore their little town and boy oh boy, it’s completely different to life in the capital.

Falmouth is situated on the southwestern coast of England in the county of Cornwall. From London, it’s about a 5-hour drive or a 40 minute flight. It’s population is only 23,000 – so the entire town could easily fit into Loftus Versfeld with more than half the stadium’s seats still being available. This little town may not be as well known as other English towns, but it turns out it has the third deepest natural harbour in the world, and the deepest in Western Europe. It’s a popular stop for the Royal and German Navies and let’s face it, if the Germans approve mechanical repairs performed in Falmouth, it kind of tells you all you need to know about this little town.

We spent the afternoon on the beach and I must admit, it’s the first town we’ve seen in the UK and the whole of Europe with waves (at times) bigger than in South Africa. The coastline is beautiful and even thought it’s winter, the locals are still surfing. After a coffee and a snack on the beach, we headed home so that we can get ready for tonight’s carol singing at the neighbours. Tomorrow afternoon we will have our big Christmas lunch at Hylton’s restaurant before flying home on Boxing day.

To all our friends and family, Merry Christmas from the north!