After two very full days I am happily sitting in the twilight, watching the solar powered lights come on one by one at Eden’s Yard Backpackers which is nestled in St Austell. After a hearty meal, cooked to perfection by hosts Neal and Julia I reflect on my dream like experience in Cornwall.As a South African I was at first enticed to Cornwall in the hope that I might check out the surfing vibe. However, I came to realize that Cornwall has much more to offer. So instead I decided to visit the gardens and beaches. The Eden Project is a short walk up the road from where I am currently sitting now watching a horse and rider clip clop past. This Eden project is astounding and an exhibition of creative ingenuity, recycling and love for nature. What once was a clay pit waste land has been transformed into a living Eden with two biomes; a rainforest biome with humidity and fully grown trees, as well as a mediterranean biome. Plants from all over the world are grown here and I had a laugh when I spotted fynbos, which is proudly South African. The gardens around the biomes are sculptures, exquisitely designed, and the stage situated in front of the biomes boasts many great performers and acts. The next day I planned, with the help of Julia, to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Here a short walk down from the backpackers to the main road enables you to hop on bus 24 to Pentewan. A frolic in the beach sand and splash in the somewhat chilly water at Pentewan is much enjoyed before hoping back on the bus 471 to the gardens. WOW!! There are no words to describe the gardens. Think of the secret garden, with magical sculptures and a jungle mixed into one…. Exceptional beauty, I have never felt so at peace and zen before. What an incredible experience! A MUST for any one!!