French love letter washed up at Praa Sands
9:25am Wednesday 28th October 2009 in News
A tale of lost love across the seas has been discovered hiding in a bottle washed up at Praa Sands.
Martin Leslie, a coastguard manager, was clearing the beach when he discovered a bottle containing a letter written in French, dated September 28, together with a lock of hair.
Mr Leslie tried to translate the letter using the internet but could only interpret words relating to love, death and missing someone.
He assumed it was a suicide note and handed it to Falmouth coastguards to pass onto their colleagues in France.
It was at this point it was discovered that it was a love letter written by an unnamed French woman to her lover, who had returned to his wife.
Mr Leslie said the woman explained in the letter that she had had a good time with her lover and loved him, but understood that he had to return to his wife.
She finished by saying she hoped to find another man like him with whom to live “a beautiful life.”