Our first full day together aboard National Geographic Explorer was a gorgeous day in the Cornish town of Fowey (pronounced “Foy”). A medieval harbor town with a history of piracy, the former home of author Daphne du Maurier, and now famous for its many Cornish pasty bakeries, Fowey had something to pique everyone’s interest.

Many of us enjoyed free time exploring Fowey’s quaint streets and shops before or after a guided historical and cultural tour of the town. Others drove to the nearby Pencarrow House, a charming Georgian country home previously owned by an eccentric lady who displayed her hat collection atop marble busts and posed children’s toys between Ming vases. The rest of us embarked on a food-centered tour of Colwith Farm and Distillery, a potato farm known for their authentic “plough to bottle” gin and vodka.