Nothing dampens the mood (pun intended) on a spring vacation quite like waking up to the sound of pouring rain. Even so, it sounded so sweet splashing against the farm-style kitchen in our cottage at Bosinver Farm in Cornwall, England, during our April stay that I almost let my kids talk me into spending the day sipping hot tea and swimming in the balmy indoor pool at the property. Thankfully, I convinced them to visit the Eden Project.
There we found a tropical paradise (yes, in England). It is the world’s largest indoor rain forest, housed under three enormous biodomes constructed in an old clay pit. We quickly rid ourselves of rain jackets and sweatshirts to enjoy the warm temperatures inside. We sniffed tulips like we were in Holland, walked across treetop canopies, explored a Malaysian hut, watched the staff harvest bananas, wandered Mediterranean gardens, sniffed citrus trees and sampled a variety of food and drink cultivated underneath the gigantic “bubbles” — all without venturing farther than the 10-minute drive from our cozy country English cottage.
I never travel anywhere without having a few rainy-day outing ideas in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. But the Eden Project would be well worth a visit even on a sunny English spring day.
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Editor’s Note: Photo by Nicole Wiltrout.