My photo postcard of the deep water port of Falmouth, Cornwall

Falmouth, the deep water harbour in Cornwall that’s as famous for its seafood as its naval military history, now seems interesting on a number of levels. The naval dockyards are still operating and there’s now also a flourishing merchant marine and leisure port. The deep water port, reputedly the third deepest in the world, means that cruise ships visit Falmouth. There's a famous picture of the Cunard liner QE2 moored in Falmouth Bay. The mild climate (almost frost-free) allows semi-tropical gardens and attracts a strong alternative and a serious arts communities as well as the folk enjoying their retirement. The independent coffee shop and bar scene offers many possibilities. And a fine selection of beaches with water warmed by the Gulf Stream, currently 15.1ºC sea temperature at the beach, not that I tested that myself!