It was not until the third day that we raised land, dead ahead, which I took, from my map, to be the isles of Scilly
. But such a gale was blowing that I did not dare attempt to land, and so we passed to the north of them, skirted Land's End, and entered the English Channel.
Take advantage of the Easter weekend to enjoy a few days aboard this much-loved vessel, as she heads first to the Irish port of Cobh, then spends a day in the flower-strewn Isles of Scilly
, home to Tresco's famous sub-tropical Abbey Gardens.
The Isles of Scilly
Steamship Group has discounted tickets for kids.
Marco Polo's fourth cruise departs from Cardiff on Wednesday, May 15 and will visit the Isles of Scilly
, Guernsey in the Channel Islands and Honfleur in France.
Marco Polo's fourth cruise departs from Cardiff on Wednesday, May 15, and will visit the Isles of Scilly
, Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and Honfleur in France.
A visit to the Isles of Scilly
involves a lot of fresh air and some forward planning - everyday life is much more weather dependent and there are no 24-hour supermarkets (so you can't just pop out for toothpaste at 11 o'clock at night when you realise yours is still nestling safely in your car boot on the mainland).
See www.tresco.co.uk or call 01720 424108 For information about visiting the Isles of Scilly
see www.visitislesofscilly.com Valhalla, an exhibition of ships' figureheads found washed up on the islands from ships at Abbey Gardens, The Star Castle Hotel, St Mary's and, inset, the Skybus ready for take-off at Land's End Airport
There are visits to scenic Pembrokeshire and one of Ireland's most iconic cities - Cork or Dublin - and a full day in the exquisite surroundings of the Isles of Scilly
, one of Britain's most unspoiled corners.
The Isles of Scilly
have been the frontline of England's defenses since the 16th century, and are still home to structures from various conflicts over the past 450 years, from ancient forts to WWII pillboxes.
Mr Alexander said: "We will be submitting a formal application to the European Commission to deliver a 5p discount on fuel duty for Highland communities, the Northern Isles, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Islands of the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly
This historical evidence of sea level change and the effect it had in significantly altering the geography of the Isles of Scilly
resonates strongly with the islands' current and future position.