We have been living in the UK over two years and there are still heaps of places that we haven’t managed to explore. The Eden Project in Cornwall was pretty high on the ‘to visit’ list, so when we found ourselves with an empty February weekend we decided to make the most of it. Since returning to the UK after a trip home over Christmas, I seem to only want to be in warm places (I even tried hot yoga for the first time a few weekends ago!). So a day spent wandering in gigantic greenhouses sounded like the perfect idea.
I went with pretty high expectations, but even so, the Eden Project didn’t disappoint. As well as being a generally cool example of human ingenuity (I mean really, who decides to build a couple of new ecosystems an old quarry?!), the Eden Project has some excellent educational displays. I found myself a bit mesmerised by this real time display of atmospheric CO2 concentration, which kept hovering above 400ppm.
As usual, I found myself gravitating towards the section with native Australian flora (I don’t know how I ever used to think Australian flowers were ugly and boring). I was impressed at the very current signage raising awareness about the Australian bushfires which had been raging for a few months at that point.
I wish I could say that we managed to get there by some kind of sustainable transport mode, but it would have taken about seven hours and three trains from Cardiff. A little tricky for the weekend!
Turns out Cornwall is a decent drive from Cardiff so we spent the night. Sunday morning was spent wandering along the coast and gazing at the sea. And having the most delicious matcha latte with hazelnut milk at Short & Strong in Charlestown.
We also stopped in the way home in Exeter for an amazing vegan lunch at Sacred Grounds. And because I can’t resist visiting every zero waste shop I come across, we also popped into Zero Exeter to check it out.