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Our Cornwall Vacation

Cornwall family vacation

Are you planning any summer trips? Last week, we headed to Cornwall, England, to visit my aunt and grandmother. We really lucked out on the weather — especially since June had been super rainy (or, as my aunt said, “quite grotty”). Here are a few highlights…

Cornwall family vacation

My grandmother, nicknamed ‘Milly,’ is turning 89 this summer, and we want to soak up as much time with her as possible. My aunt Lulu has lived with her for the past year, to help out, and they are the sweetest roommates. “I’m crazy about her,” my aunt says.

Cornwall family vacation

Cornwall family vacation

Our basic routine was to spend the days hitting up the playground, fishing or crabbing, and eating our weight in ice cream.

Cornwall family vacation

Most evenings, we had “drinks o’clock,” where neighbors come by for wine and snacks.

Cornwall family vacation

And Alex and my aunt Lulu made gin martinis, their annual tradition.

Joanna Goddard and Alex Williams

I was mostly behind the camera but Alex pulled me into some, too. #momstaysinthepicture

Our England Vacation

For Anton’s sixth birthday, which fell during our trip, we headed to Lantic Bay, a nearby beach.

Cornwall family vacation

Anton’s mind was blown when he spotted and pet a JELLYFISH. “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,” he kept saying. “It’s squishy and cold! Oh my GOSH.”

Cornwall family vacation

Cornwall family vacation

Afterward, we had strawberry cake and ice cream. Anton can be a little shy, so I loved his sweet expressions when he was the center of attention.

Cornwall family vacation

Another evening, my dad and I went out to dinner, just the two of us. It was so nice to get some rare one-one-one time. We went to Fitzroy, a new restaurant across the harbor. The bright food — like carrots with goats curd, and a half lobster with potatoes — exploded with flavor. I also liked how they wrote your name on the table before you arrived for your reservation. Such a welcoming touch, don’t you think?

Cornwall family vacation

Our boat ride home!

Cornwall family vacation

On our last day, when the English cousins were heading back to school, we snapped this photo. How cute are their uniforms? They’ve all grown so much since last year.

Cornwall family vacation

Of course, as always, not pictured were jet-lag meltdowns, sibling squabbles, long travel days and other tricky moments, but all in all, we had such a magical time. I was grateful for another chance to see my grandmother and I already feel homesick for it. We grew up coming here almost every summer, and it’s my favorite place in the world. (It was my ‘happy place‘ to imagine when I was in labor with both boys.) We don’t know how much longer we’ll all be able to be together like this, so it felt bittersweet this time, in the most meaningful way.

England, we love you. Xoxo

P.S. Past summers in England — including when Toby was a teeny baby. :)

  1. RC says...

    Thank you for mentioning the ‘not pictured’ moments. As a mom with two boys who travel internationally every year, it made me smile.

  2. RP says...

    My favorite corner of the internet is getting intertwined with my favorite movie ever – About Time – i think part of it is set in Cornwall. You MUST watch it – its a beautiful story about family, love and living in the moment. The soundtrack and scenery are just icing on the cake. Thank you so much for sharing your travels! xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh i’d love to! thank you!

    • K says...

      Oh I love this film so much! It’s just lovely xx

  3. I could stare at the picture of your Grandmother for forever. All the details of a simple life and such content on her face. Beautiful.

  4. I’m an American living in London but my fiance is from Cornwall and his dad lives in Lerryn and we have a family house in a tiny village nearby – we go down a few times a year and it is honestly so magical. We’re planning our wedding there and I’m so excited for my American friends and family to see it!

  5. heija says...

    Joanna, I love the the picture with the boys and birthday cake: it *already* looks like from a time long time ago, a very memorable moment in life; you know, those old birthday pictures you pull out of a drawer and there you are 30 years later..

  6. BB says...

    LOVE your grandmother holding her needlepoint!

  7. Rani says...

    I finally made the strawberry cake. It was delicious! I’m a big fan of strawberry shortcake, but have no idea how to make a good one. This cake definitely fulfills my craving for one. Thank you!!

  8. Angela says...

    These Cornwall posts are a bit of a happy place for me…..remind me of the simple pleasures.

  9. Kathy Clifford says...

    My husband and I are going to Cornwall from the US in September/October. Do you know of any beaches or bays to collect seaglass ? Thank you.
    Kathy

  10. Aileen says...

    I want to visit Cornwall for our family holiday next year but it will probably take me as long to get there from Aberdeen in Scotland as it does for you and we will have to drive the whole way. Its over 700 miles from where we stay and I just don’t do road trips that are that long haha. It is such a gorgeous part of the country and I think my daughter would love it so I may just have to suck it up and get in the car!! Your pics are lovely as always

    • SFord says...

      Hi Aileen

      I live in Cornwall. You can fly from Edinburgh to Newquay at a really reasonable rate (compared to petrol from Scotland!). Newquay is on the north coast and pretty accessible by taxi (or hire car) to the rest of Cornwall, depending where you want to stay

  11. Natalie says...

    My burning question is whether or not you and your family have strong feelings for or against Poldark? Or more of a “meh” attitude? My sisters in law and I all binge watched it and I have such a hankering to visit Cornwall now 😉 is it a show that irritates locals? A dear friend of mine from Salzburg can’t stand “The Sound of Music” because she views it as an Americanized vision of Austria. But Poldark is a BBC production so maybe it’s more loved in the U.K.? Thoughts, anyone? XO

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ve never seen it! now so curious to watch.

    • Natalie says...

      Oh fun! I hope you do like it:) it’s a period drama set during the end of the revolutionary war. Ross, Elizabeth and Demelza are fictional crushes of mine ha ha:) and the scenery is so, so beautiful. Love seeing your family photos- what a special place and your family looks lovely.

    • SFord says...

      I live in Cornwall and they film the series all over the county. I’ve watched a bit of filming near us (no Ross Poldark sadly!). I enjoy the series but mainly because we try and spot where they have filmed. Of course, Cornwall is beautiful with gorgeous views and coastline. However, visitors often don’t realise the lack of employment opportunities for young people (its mainly seasonal based, service industry), high house prices due to second home owners/holiday homes and in some areas, significant deprivation. All said, wouldn’t change it for the world

  12. Katie says...

    Joanna, it’s such a trip as a reader who’s been around since you were pregnant with Toby (and before!) to see your family grow. It must be so lovely for you, as a “job perk”, to have such a comprehensive record of family moments! Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      You’re so sweet, thank you! And yes it’s such a gift to have a little record like this. Alex and I were just talking about that the other day.

  13. Laura Candler says...

    Your Aunt Lulu has the most beautiful hair! 🧡

    • Diana says...

      I know! She looks fabulous. I want to tag this photo for when I decide to let my gray come in. Do I need bangs though?! (Every woman’s eternal question forever)

    • kath says...

      ha! dax shepard: a man’s main job is to protect his woman from her desire to get bangs every other month.

  14. AJ says...

    Love Alex’s style! Can he recommend a good wallet? Looking for one for a gift.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      For sure! He says BillyKirk and Shinola have great ones. Xoxo

    • AJ says...

      Thank you! Would love to see a post with more of Alex’s recommendations. It is so hard to shop for guys.

  15. Ellen W says...

    I started watching Poldark this summer which has increased my interest in visiting Cornwall someday. The views look stunning.

  16. Jen says...

    In the photo of you and Alex, I love your jacket! Can you tell me where it’s from? Thanks :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! Kule!

  17. Joanna,
    Thank you for sharing your family with us. I always love to see your family photos and vacations. Family is truly a blessing and I can tell that you treasure yours and appreciate every moment…the good and bad. It is a pleasure to be part of your online community. Lots of hugs, love and health to you and yours :-)

  18. Kelly says...

    Did Alex twin with anyone this time?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haha this time it was Anton in his denim jacket!!

  19. Willow says...

    Like so many others, I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your holiday photos!

    My first thought on seeing the photo of your aunt was ‘beauty uniform’! And I see I’m not alone…

    Also is there a story (that you’d be willing to share) behind the beautiful boat which features in various Cornwall photos over the years?

  20. Yvonne Heffernan says...

    Beautiful memories x

  21. Em says...

    My honeymoon was in Port Isaac. Thank you, so much, on a hard day (cried at work? check) for this lovely reminder and escape.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thinking of you, em! hope your day gets better xoxo

  22. John Hendricks says...

    We almost went there on our almost month long vacation last summer, touring around Southern England. Now I really wish we had. Beautiful place! You are so lucky and blessed to have family there!

  23. sasha says...

    Would love a post/article about those real moments of jet lag/ meltdowns/traveling with kids/babies, and maybe tips on how to combat them.
    I’m traveling with my 4 month old on a 5 hr international flight and I’m scared! I even have an 11hr flight booked for us when he’s going to be 6 months old and that flight i’m terrified. I might be crazy but I couldn’t pass on such a great deal on a flight!
    Any real tips for flying and jet lag for babies???

    • Maggie says...

      Best thing I ever did when taking my then-baby from NY to London was to leave him on EST… He slept until noon (gave each of us a chance to “sleep in” or sneak out for some solo wandering) and then went to bed at midnight (allowing us to go to dinner at a normal time and even enjoy some drinks!).

      But honestly, traveling at that age is not sooooo bad, because they’re usually cuddly (baby carrier for the win!), they calm down if you put a boob or bottle in their mouth, and they’re easily entertained (though they have the attention span of a gnat!). It’ll be great. Go forth!

    • Katherine says...

      Call ahead & ask for a bassinet seat! That way your baby can lay down flat to sleep or has his/her own area to sit & play in or just give your arms a rest! Nurse your baby while taking off and landing. Give yourself grace as not everything will go as you hope but people are generally understanding! Flight attendants on international flights tend to be wonderful help! You’ll be great! ☺️

    • Robin says...

      Planes are essentially giant white noise machines! You’ll be okay. Now is the time to travel. However, I recommend avoiding the post independent mobility pre movie length attention span period. Now THAT is a tough flight!

  24. Kerry says...

    Move there, Joanna! Right now, put yourself and those boys and that handsome husband into the fairytale!

  25. Sasha says...

    As a long time reader the two posts I most look forward to in the summer are your Motherhood around the World Series and your Cornwall vacation post. My husband is Scottish, and we are here for our 10 month old’s first of what I hope will be many family visits. Hope to visit Cornwall sometime myself soon!

  26. I am so envious of everyone who gets to introduce their children to their grandparents. I don’t regret having a baby later in life, as I was in no place to have kids in my 20s, plus I love the child I ended up with, but I wish that somehow my grandparents could have lived happily and healthily into their 100s so they’d all be able to meet. Beautiful family, beautiful place!

    • janine says...

      I couldn’t agree more. My son didn’t get to meet any of my grandparents, and he never got to meet my dad, who died before he born. But he did get to meet two of my husband’s grandparents when he was a baby.

  27. Anne says...

    My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Cornwall. We enjoyed every minute. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures and so glad you had a wonderful time cherish those precious memories with your family

  28. Renee says...

    Beautiful vacay photos! I love seeing Toby with a chocolate flake in his ice cream cone. When in England my kids go nuts for those. It’s such a simple yet special touch. I loaded up on the individually packaged ones at Tesco to bring back home for future summer ice creams. We just finished a (work-related) 6-week stint in London with our three kids ages 10, 8, and 6. There were difficult parenting moments similar to those you’ve mentioned but when I look back on the photos now I feel pure joy. It was worth every hassle, every meltdown, every blister. I think a good vacation gets even better the more you savor the memories. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

  29. Johanna says...

    Beautiful.

    I would love a post where you elaborate on one of those “not pictured” moments and just share a shitty story about parenting. Not a story told shittily I mean. Eh, you know what I mean.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha would love to share :) coming up!

  30. Tania says...

    My grandfather’s family came from Cornwall, and my Mom would always tells us how warmly everyone there spoke to each other, with terms of endearment for everyone (how are you, my pet? what can i get you, darlingheart?) I don’t know if it’s true! The only Cornish thing left in our family, really, is we still eat pasties, made with turnips. We visited St. Ives in 2012, and it’s just beautiful, like these lovely pictures from your trip. How lucky you are to have family there!

    • Erin says...

      “The only Cornish thing left in our family, really, is we still eat pasties, made with turnips. ”

      This made me laugh out loud because it’s true for our (my husband’s) family! We dream about visiting Cornwall someday, but in the meantime we still make pasties using the recipe handed down through the generations.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, haha, yes!!! my aunt literally can’t talk to someone without saying “darling,” and all the old fishermen call people “luv.”

    • Katherine says...

      Yes! That is a part of Australian culture too – I’ve never been called gorgeous so often in my life than when visiting my in laws ☺️☺️

  31. Cynthia says...

    I’m so glad you had an amazing trip. It’s so wonderful you still have your grandmother.

    • Anna says...

      I simply love Cornwall and I love your heart warming way of sharing all these pics with us. Thanks, Joanna

  32. My heart! I love reading about your travels, and this one seems especially, well…special. Missing my grandma, too❤️

  33. RN says...

    Your aunt is a total babe!!! Seriously. I bet she is a very interesting person. I want to look that gorgeous and intriguing when her age…

    • Tam says...

      Yes!! 100%… her hair is gorgeous!

  34. Blair says...

    I lived in England for a year riding horses. England is my happy place as well. I just love and adore it and cannot wait to take my family back to visit all of my friends and old haunts! So happy you get to visit often, soak it in.

  35. I’ve only been to Cornwall once on a study abroad where we hiked through Scotland, Wales, and England, staying in cozy hostels and studying British literature along the way. It was one of the happiest experiences of my life, and your Cornwall posts make me homesick for it every year. What a lovely trip.

  36. Jeannie says...

    I hope you watched the US vs. England in the Women’s World Cup while you were there!!

  37. Magical! Thanks for sharing. What a lovely family you have and your grandma is precious. You’re so fortunate to have her. See her as much as you can. We just lost my grandmother last year at 100. I felt lucky to be a 50 something with a grandmother. Nothing can replace time with them.

    We also took our boys overseas when they were young starting around ages 3 and 6. We had the usual cranky days and a few meltdowns, but I would not trade those vacations for the world. We started saving money and took them every other year to a new spot in Europe. They are now ages 18 and 21 and they have been to 14 countries and love travel. Just do it. We only did Disney twice when they were small and feeling kind of guilty, I asked them a few years ago if they would like to go to Disney World or a trip to Germany and Switzerland. They chose the latter in a second. That was nice and about the same cost, coming from California. Switzerland, by the way, the Berner-Overland region and the town of Wengen particularly was their all-time favorite vacation.

    Cornwall is on my list! I have to admit Poldark has made it even more enticing. Hoping to go soon. Enjoy your summer with your young boys. I have so many great memories of long summer with mine.

    • Maria says...

      This sounds amazing – thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to start bringing my kids to Europe (they are three and five). It’s so enriching to be exposed to different cultures and languages. Not to mention THE FOOD. I think next summer, my husband and I will be brave enough to go for it.

  38. Katie Larissa says...

    BRB, going to introduce “quite grotty” into my daily vocabulary.

  39. Annie says...

    Beautiful pictures! Would love to hear more about how your English heritage factors into your current day-to-day life (or not)! I know you’ve mentioned your love of anoraks before. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha yes i love anoraks to the moon and back :) i feel mostly american, but i really really love england, since we’ve spent so much time with family there.

  40. Mimi says...

    I love that you share your very enviable life – and how aware you are of luck and joy.

  41. Nina says...

    I think it is so lovely that they are out on their (amazing view) balcony. I want a drinks o’clock with all the neighbors too! And a boat ride to dinner, so lovely. Thanks for sharing. and Happy Birthday to Anton!

  42. Chloe says...

    Where are Alex’s sunglasses from? Love them.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask him!

  43. Lauren B says...

    Joanna, we visited Savannah/Hilton Head for spring break with our 4yo. It was the perfect small town, easy to navigate, lots to do with kids. Between going on a dolphin watching trip and a beach ecology tour where we held SO MANY jellyfish, it was magical. Just an idea for a future getaway! ;-)

  44. Carly says...

    Beauty Uniform for Aunt Lulu!

    • Amanda says...

      Hear, hear!

    • Jess says...

      First time commenter to beg for the same!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’re on it! :) :) :)

    • Julie says...

      Yes! She seems so lovely!

  45. Gah, your Aunt Lulu’s hair color is perfection. It makes me want to be more accepting of those grays that I keep finding in my hair instead of guessing how much longer I have until I need to start dyeing!

  46. Kate says...

    This vacation looked so beautiful. Thank you for sharing these special moments. That’s why I love this site – I am always reminded of the best parts of life.

  47. shopgirl says...

    ooouch! so beautiful! What a place, what a holiday!!

  48. Jenny says...

    Lovely post! What is your grandmother working on in that second photo? It looks like a cool project. Embroidery?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! she does pillows all day long. since her name is milly, we call them “millows.” :)

  49. I spent a week in St. Ives at a painting workshop (in February) when it was very rainy and blustery. Nevertheless, Cornwall got under my skin in a way that I’ll never forget. My husband and I both won’t to go back so much, and will. It’s a most magical place.

  50. Lauren E. says...

    Oh okay, so I’m living in the wrong city.

    Cornwall looks absolutely stunning.

  51. kash says...

    Uhhhh can we get a beauty routine with Aunt Lulu???? Stunner!

  52. Claire says...

    Love your Cornwall posts, Joanna! Would you ever want to live there one day? xoxo

  53. KY says...

    Stunning photos! <3

  54. Awads says...

    We were there the same week (returned on Saturday)! Couldn’t believe the weather (we were in Falmouth). Our week consisted of castle (Pendennis) and cove (Kynance) explorations, pasty consumption, gin cocktails, and lots of time watching sailboats in the harbor. We drove from Cornwall back to Heathrow (via Windsor) so not that bad of a travel day. I recommend it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!!! would have been so fun to say hi!

  55. Nina says...

    I spent a few days on the other side of that bay with my parents recently! Can confirm that the June weather was pretty dodgy (some steps in the town were an unpassable gushing waterfall the day I left). But what a beautiful place.

  56. Madeleine says...

    I always love reading your vacation posts, Joanna, but your Cornwall tips have a particular resonance for this British daughter of an American mother. It brings back such happy memories of the annual pilgrimage to see my grandparents in California and the Oregon. They didn’t live long enough to meet my kids, and I can only imagine the joy that bringing four generations together across the oceans must bring. May you have many many more trips.

  57. Sarah says...

    Is your Aunt Lulu short for Lucy? We call my Lucy (16 months) Lulu, and I love the idea of her being Lulu as an adult.
    Lovely pictures. 💜

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      her name is actually rachel, funnily enough, but EVERYONE calls her lulu. it just really suits her!

  58. Always love that you keep things real and also mention at the end of your text what having children also includes. Not a lot of people talk about this. Thanks!!!

    • Colleen says...

      totally agree, thank you for the honesty in the internet world of the beautiful and perfect.

  59. Stephy says...

    I’ve been looking forward to this post so much; you are such a lovely family – gorgeousness

  60. Marianne Højgaard says...

    You’re such a beautiful couple! Love the photos.

  61. SR says...

    This looks like such a fun relaxed holiday. I have a couple of questions :P
    – Does your father still have a British accent?
    – Can I be friends with Alex?
    And,
    – Can I be friends with Alex? :D

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love these questions! my dad has a british accent, and alex would love to be friends with you (i just asked him:)

    • Rachael says...

      I always really look forward to your Cornwall posts Joanna. You can hear what a special place is it for you. Also Polruan was the first stop on my honeymoon pottering around Cornwall (we only live in Somerset so not far haha but still, what a magical place it is)

  62. Barb Geri says...

    Oh I love all these incredible photos! Especially the one taken from above, so great. I wanted to say that I can really see Anton is coming into himself, looking so big and with his own unique sense of self. Fun to watch these little pumpkins growing from babies to big boys!
    You have done an outstanding job raising them and what a wonderful life filled with stories they will have to tell their children someday.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a kind comment! thank you so much, barb.

  63. What a beautiful place! Everything about this looks so idyllic — especially the company and cocktails alongside that view. I recently got my first taste of the UK, and I cannot wait to go back. It looks like New England (I guess because it’s Old England — ha!) except with charming accents and older buildings.

  64. Matty says...

    Dear lord, thank you for acknowledging jet lag induced meltdowns. We are in Ukraine visiting my mother in law, and the kids were full throttle the first two days, the neighbors even came a-knocking and a sweet note from our AirBnB host mentioned threats to call the police! Oh joy!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      alex and i always call it “the fourth day,” because it seems like on the fourth day of any trip, the boys COMPLETELY melt down and even i end up slightly teary. it’s inevitable!

  65. rachel says...

    absolutely dreamy countryside! i cant believe they actually live there!

  66. Jess says...

    Always love your Cornwall posts, thank you for sharing! It looks amazingly beautiful and your whole family is just the sweetest.
    I so cherish our annual trip to England to visit family in Norfolk, especially now that we have two young boys. Cones with a flake, long afternoons in the beach hut, late sunsets, bumping into people at the local pub, drinking tea 10 times as much as at home…love it all. And look forward to making the trek to Cornwall one of these days x

  67. Alla says...

    I am going to Europe for the first time in two weeks for 28 glorious days and I am out of my mind excited! Following a very tough past year which resulted in a separation from my husband of 16 years, it is also my belated 40th birthday present to myself (I turn 41 in August). It has always been on my goal list that I visit Europe in my 40th year and I am leaving my four children with their dad and my sister and mum whilst I do this. So I will be in Europe ON MY OWN (!!!!) to celebrate my 41st birthday! WOW! It really is true that if you dream it, you can manifest it!
    I will be going to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Greece and Italy- if anyone has any suggestions on the must do’s to any of these destinations, I would love to hear them!

    • MH says...

      Have an amazing time! Eat all the Indian food in London, sit in a cafe in Paris drinking wine and people watching, eat your weight in pasta in Italy – I really enjoyed the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome and recommend doing an early tour of the Sistine Chapel to avoid the crowds.

    • Jo says...

      Happy Birthday and happy travels to you Alla. As a Londoner one of my favourite things to do on a warm (or at least not rainy – ha!) Summer evening is to take a long stroll along the South Bank from Westminster to Tower Bridge. If you time it right you can pick up food from the market behind the Festival Hall. It will be packed with tourists and locals X

    • Where in Greece will you be? And for how long? We just got back a week ago from 2 weeks there, and I can tell you about getting around Athens and the port and ferries as well as Serifos and Sifnos islands. Greece was very different from all the other places I’ve been to in Europe and I wasn’t very prepared for that! 😂 Feel free to contact me separately too!!

    • MariaE. says...

      Happy 40th B-day celebration!! Enjoy every minute of your trip! Take tons of pictures, enjoy the local food in every place and buy a little souvenir from every place, as well (I love buying fridge magnets and every time I see them, great memories of the places come to my mind). When in Rome, I always recommend to take a tour called ‘Rome at night’. Rome is an amazing city, a walking museum, as I call it, and the lights at night, give a whole new and amazing perspective of such a great city.

    • Amy F. says...

      Alla, congratulations on taking this time for yourself! Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities. I had a wonderful dinner at Marits Eetkamer (https://www.maritseetkamer.nl/en/plant-based-menu/); would highly recommend making a reservation early! They have a little garden in back where they grow the herbs they use for the dishes. It’s magical. Probably my favorite meal I have had while traveling! :)

    • K says...

      I hope you have an amazing time. Here are some London recs in case they’re helpful:
      – Find the Pergola at Hampstead Heath
      – Brick Lane beigals and Columbia Road flower market
      – Dinner at The Wolsley
      – Watch something at The Union Chapel in Islington
      – Visit the V&A
      – Go to a pub quiz (there are so many)
      – For a good view: Sky Garden, Duck and Waffle, or climb monument (no need to pay for The Shard)
      – Borough Market or Flat Iron Square
      – The Open Air Theatre at Regents Park

      I could go on and on. London is the best. Have a wonderful birthday xx

    • Alla says...

      Thank you to all you lovely ladies for all your suggestions!! I am so appreciative of your comments and birthday wishes also! I have written every one of your suggestions in my notebook and will endeavour to do as many of them as possible.

      Maria- I will be in Athens, Santorini and Mykonos for three nights in each place. I’m curious about your comment that you found Greece to be very different to the other countries in Europe- please tell! I’m not sure how to contact you privately though??

      MariaE- I will most definitely look into the Rome at Night tour. I’m looking into doing a foodie tour during the day, so maybe I can finish it off with a Night tour :)

      Amy F- I’m intrigued by your dinner suggestion at Marits Eetkamer, thank you so much for the link, I will most certainly look into it and hope to make a reservation. Amsterdam has been my toughest search on interesting non- touristy things to do so your suggestion is so helpful- Thank You!

      K- your list was amazing, Thank you so so much! I’ve heard about their markets and the wonderful food you can get there, and being a keen foodie, I’ll be all over them! :)))

    • Laura C. says...

      I hope you enjoy your amazing trip Alla! Happy birthday, and as a Spaniard, sorry to hear that you’re skipping Spain – maybe next time!

  68. em says...

    every time i see your trips to Cornwall I start googling going myself. It looks so lovely! serious FOMO over here

  69. Briana says...

    Have always been so fascinated by genetics; personality traits and body language that subtly, or not so, gets passed through family members.
    Couldn’t help but notice Toby’s folded hands in the photo right above your Father’s folded hands. Whenever I am with my own Father, I am reminded a little more of who and I am and why I am, as we are a lot alike, but different from many. The outward display of shared body language just puts such a sweet touch to spending time with family, and being comforted in the presence of likeness. Looks like you had a wonderful visit, and as challenging as it may be at times, it is so lovely to spend time with family.

    • Lucy says...

      I love that you pointed this out. I would have never noticed but when I scrolled back up you can see their folded hands are identical. I love it!

    • kim b says...

      what a sweet observation

    • K says...

      Me too! Anton has such a good mix of your and Alex’s facial expressions! Very cute.

    • Gen says...

      How thoughtful! So sweet to take notice of such a fine detail.. I make time for COJ plus extra for the comments.. always worth it.

    • I love how you noticed the hands! That’s so sweet.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a beautiful thing to point out, briana. i never would have noticed!

  70. Kat says...

    Anton with the outfit inspiration! What classy style!

    • Fay says...

      I thought the exact same thing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha i wanted to wear his outfit so much! loved the yellow striped shirt :)

  71. Christina says...

    You’re making this expat Englishwoman desperately homesick, you know ;) Nothing like a beach days that require multiple layers of clothes and hot tea. I can’t wait for Aunt Lulu’s beauty uniform! XOXO

    • Laura says...

      I second the request for an Aunt Lulu beauty uniform!

    • Anu says...

      Yes! Aunt Lulu looks like a really strong, interesting woman, would love to see her more!

    • Dee says...

      Seconded on the beauty uniform!

    • Isabelle says...

      Yes to aunt Lulu BU!

    • JB says...

      Second that – aunt Lulu is a babe!

    • Sarah says...

      Omg, came on here to request the same!!

  72. Kate says...

    Joanna, hoping for a smattering of great moments among chaos needs to be my new mindset for traveling with kids. Thank you!

  73. Rebecca says...

    Dear Joanna,

    Thank you as always for sharing your family tender and intimate moments with your readers. As a loyal reader, your Cornwall trips always put a smile to my face.

    Thank you for brightening my Monday!

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca

  74. Carol says...

    Looks like we need to add Cornwall to our list!
    As always, the photos are amazing :)

  75. Tammy says...

    How lovely. Happy belated birthday to Anton! In case no one has mentioned it to you yet, watch for his name in “Toy Story 4.” When Bonnie goes to kindergarten orientation, the name on the cubby next to hers is Anton. Made me think of him :-)

  76. Kaija says...

    Love Cornwall! And love these photos!

  77. Sara says...

    Looks like a beautiful vacation! Thanks for the note about “jetlag meltdowns, sibling squabbles and other tricky moments” :) We are heading out on a beach trip in a few weeks with my little boys and am trying to keep my expectations in check because travel can be a lot of fun, but not always easy :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      You just hope for a smattering of great moments among chaos! Haha

  78. Tara says...

    Magical is the right word for it–such a lovely vacation. Thanks for sharing!

  79. Lily says...

    Beyond lovely! I love and look forward to the Polruan series every year (or other year)! This tradition makes my heart light.

  80. Katie says...

    Did Alex match outfits with anyone this trip? I loved that from last year’s post!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha not this year! But goals for next summer ;)

  81. Hilary says...

    Stunning! Does anyone else wish they had family that lived in awesome places?? What a great excuse for a trip!

    Also, mamas (and daddies and aunties/uncles)- when is a good age to start traveling with kids??* My husband and I just took a trip sans baby and the whole time we were commenting on how we can’t wait to take her to new cities. But at what point can kiddos actually kind of semi enjoy the adventure?

    *Yes, you can travel with babies! I’m more of wondering when the kids actually find it exciting.

    • Kim says...

      Four or five? I think it depends on the travel experience and child.

    • Meghann says...

      They can enjoy it at all ages! They don’t have actual memories of it later on, but they love hearing about it and seeing the photos.
      My kids are now 8.5yo and 10yo, but we’ve traveled multiple times to different continents with them. (And we’ll be traveling for 6 months starting in September). They have very few real memories of any of the trips we took before they were 4 or so, but they sometimes remember smells or tastes or small moments that really stuck with them.
      I truly believe that (culturally responsible) travel (when financially possible, of course) is one of the best gifts you can give to children.

    • Louisa says...

      Age four was the magical turning point for us! Fully potty trained and no need for naps, no more tantrums, happy with a coloring book (while we watched the world cup in various pubs in England and Scotland), able to walk a few miles a day, super easy on the plane. We stayed in interesting airBNB’s (a tiny shepherd’s hut in Scotland, a ranch in the Badlands, a spot along the river in Wyoming) and she loves exploring a new space/bed/kitchen (don’t we all?). Even a Motel 6 with tiny soaps and a lukewarm pool is totally fascinating (for hours) to a 4 year old. As is exploring the dessert aisle at the grocery. :)

      I love traveling without her, too. But traveling with her is such a hoot.

    • Kelly says...

      So hard to say, kids are so different! But for us it was always the calculus of how much effort and money we wanted to spend on trips they wouldn’t really remember that would require lots of accommodations for baby/toddler/little kid needs and proclivities like naps, diapers, temper tantrums, etc. so we stuck to shorter trips until my oldest turned 5. Then took one big trip with her and shortly after added her little sister thus setting back our travel ambitions. Lil sis is now three and we did a trip to Costa Rica earlier this year…knowing we couldn’t do all the adventures like zip lining…and next year feel pretty sure we’ll be ready for longer plane rides and bigger trips…but really it’s so dependent on your kids and your family and what you want to get out of travel (ie introducing littles to beloved family may make you more willing to take on a long trip than just sightseeing)…I would also say there’s somethings that are far easier about traveling with an infant than a toddler (dealing with new potty trainer on long flights, anyone?!?)…I think you just have to be super realistic about your kid’s temperament and what will be fun for everyone!

    • Katie says...

      I have traveled with my kids since they were 6 months old. We’ve been to multiple states and South America. At age 4, I feel like my oldest really started to enjoy traveling because she could do so many things that she previously could not do on trips due to her age.

  82. Kai says...

    Omg where is anton’s Jeans jacket from also do they make them for adult women in their 30s?

  83. Naomi says...

    I love England and your grandmother’s village looks magical! So glad you had a lovely time!

  84. Alice says...

    It’s so strange every time I see photos of Jo here, like loggers exist in some sort of parallel dimension and you’re crossing the streams.

    Also infanately glad the days of school uniform are firmly behind me, and so looking forward to buying my son his first oversized blazer in a few years, from an adult perspective they truly are very cute.

    P.s. those children will have such kudos at school for having American cousins.

  85. Marti says...

    These photos are so lovely and make me ache for the tea and the roses and the snappy air (and humor) of England! I miss it so…
    PS you and your Aunt Lulu have the same lovely cheeks and smiley-eyes :)

  86. lisa says...

    That photo on the terrace with the water below surrounded by smiling faces is a vacation goal! Happy you had a wonderful vacation!

    • Laura C. says...

      To me, it’s a life goal! What a wonderful photo!

  87. Kari says...

    Simply divine. You have me pining for a dreamy visit to Cornwall now!

  88. Jenn says...

    So beautiful, Joanna. My mother is British (actually Scottish but grew up in England) and we’ve yet to take our boys over to see her roots and meet extended family. You give me courage that we could have a lovely visit. I get mired in worries over jet lag and general whiny-ness ruining what would be an expensive and much-longed for vacation. Thanks for making it seem possible.

  89. Bec says...

    Making a mental note to move to Cornwall immediately.

  90. Molly says...

    This sounds so fantastic! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I wish I could pet a jellyfish, too – tell Anton I’m excited & jealous, haha. Also holy cow, your aunt is so gorgeous!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We are doing a beauty uniform with her soon! She’s the best :)

    • Lucy says...

      Your grandmother is also gorgeous and so chic! I love the photo of her.

  91. Charlotte K says...

    I want all children to wear school uniforms. I know it wouldn’t work in our society, but the kids there just seem to accept it and they look so cute! Last summer in London all the little school girls in the neighborhood where we stayed were in blue gingham dresses and little navy cardies!

    I am desiring that Sanderson willow oilcloth and the Blue Willow plates. Perhaps the perfect combination!!

    • t says...

      Me too and I totally think it would work here. In many/most NYC public schools children are required to wear uniforms. It is actually cost effective and limits distraction and gang affiliation. I am so for it.

      What I am NOT for is having to go to school in the summer! what’s up with that England?

    • Willow says...

      School uniforms are a great leveller and eliminate a lot of morning fuss! Don’t worry T-we still get our summer holidays! Most schools here break up around 15-20 July and go back the first week of September.

    • Laura C. says...

      I had a uniform too from 3 to 14 years old. And my daughters wear it too (they go to the same school!) Albeit here uniforms are only in Catholic schools, but surely it’s a really comfortable thing and they are so cute!

  92. Lashley says...

    So sweet! Which side of your family is this?

    Susie from Busy Toddler introduced me to the #proofofmom hashtag. I try to remember to get in there too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      My dad’s side — and I love the wording “proof of mom”!

  93. Ann says...

    Wish I had a Grandma in Cornwall😊

    • Clare says...

      Such lovely photos! What lipstick/gloss are you wearing in the shot of you and Alex?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you!! It’s NYX in Monte Carlo xo

  94. Chelsey says...

    Your Aunt Lulu should do a weeks of outfits or beauty uniform! I love her hair and her shirt!

    We are moving to London in less then a year and we are so excited to explore this part of the world.

    Also currently going to search for vacation apartments near that beach…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      You will love Cornwall!!

    • Cece says...

      Haha that beach is a few miles from the nearest civilisation, down a hugely steep track from the cliff top path – you should have seen my 80-something-year-old Grandad navigate it every year with his knee replacement when we were kids and we would holiday in Polruan! It’s still magically unchanged 25 years later.

      Jo I love when you visit Polruan and post about it so much, it always reminds me we’re overdue another visit – my 3-year-old has already been twice but I think she’s due another visit :)