Blogs from Jersey, Channel Islands, Europe


Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey September 11th 2020

Well, whose bright idea was it to go to Jersey!! At first we assumed that Jersey was part of UK……only to discover slowly and painfully that Jersey is a British Crown Dependency and it wouldn’t be possible to have a day trip to Guernsey or Sark as we would have to isolate there for 14 days. Guernsey and its bailiwick ( includes Sark, Alderney and Herm!!) are COVID free so I don’t blame them for not welcoming visitors. We also learnt that as we are coming from a ‘Green’ area, we wouldn’t need to self isolate in Jersey, BUT ( and things change hourly!!) if we were coming from an ‘Amber’ area then we would need to self isolate for 5 days!! Then we learnt that we would also need a COVID-19 test on arrival and ... read more
Jersey lilies
Gorey Harbour at night
Bouley Bay

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey » St Helier December 17th 2018

Dear All Greetings again from London, for the second of my two blog entries on my mini-travels to Jersey earlier this week. Here I plan to write up on my second two days on this lovely little Channel Island, which although were not quite so exhilarating and enthralling as the first two days, were pleasant and agreeable enough. I believe it was the weather which made a difference, which although I’m not complaining too much, was really quite sunny and bright on Monday. This meant that I stayed dry for the whole day, but in fact the day was more genteel and calm – I know that this really shouldn’t be a problem, but compared to the windswept exhilaration of Sunday, felt a bit mundane. Still, mustn’t grumble, and I enjoyed very much my final two ... read more
Mont Orgueil Castle
Rozel Bay
Tourist Sign

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey » St Helier December 16th 2018

Dear All Greetings from London! I am not currently travelling, but have just returned from a short three-night visit to the nearby Channel Island of Jersey! I plan to write up my mini-adventure there in two blog entries, after having had a really lovely time there, despite (although actually often because of) pretty much the worst weather that the island could offer. It was refreshing, invigorating, and just wonderful to be out in the fresh, blustery air, refreshing the mind once more after the long autumn term stint at school. In this entry I plan to write up on my first two days there, exploring the west of the island. In my second entry, I plan to write up on my second two days there, exploring the east. To many people not from the UK, I ... read more
Amazing Sunset!
Devil's Hole to Greve de Lecq
Me, Devil's Hole to Greve de Lecq

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey March 5th 2018

The two big news stories during our stay in Jersey – football and the weather. The weather stories were a bit predictable. The “Beast From The East” was making a presence with some unusually cold temperatures and a biting wind. However, now we had snow in the forecast. Jersey is the southern most of the Channel Islands and tucked in at the bottom of the chain. It is much nearer the French coast and therefore not so prominently positioned like Guernsey and Alderney, that take the occasional swipe from a storm heading in from the north. We were busy staring out into the harbour at St Aubin from the comfort of the Westward pub. The locals were staring at the sky. A tiny amount of small white flakes descended. A barman advised that it was the ... read more
Devil's Hole
St Helier
St Ouen Bay

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey March 2nd 2018

Jersey is a beautiful place, but has a problem. It is a 4 wheeled problem. The population is a shade over 100,000, but it has an automobile population of a similar size. The number plates all start with a prefix of "J". I set about looking for the highest and lowest number denominations I could see during our visit. J51 ranks as the lowest on a Land Rover Defender and J139086 is affixed to a Fiat 500. An island, a mere 45 square miles in size, doesn’t really have room for them all. I studied the houses as we passed on the bus. The cars are crammed on to every conceivable piece of driveway and the local estate agents seem very keen to emphasise details such as “parking for 5 cars”. I noticed over the course ... read more
Battery Lothringen
Gorey Harbour
Battery Lothringen

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey February 27th 2018

There is a familiarity about Jersey, even though we've never been. It has that same feel you get in Los Angeles. I mean by that, you have seen it before on the TV. Jersey was the backdrop for the 1980s detective series, Bergerac. Think Death in Paradise of the day, transferred from the Caribbean. Jim Bergerac - divorced, recovering alcoholic - solves crime on small island, accompanied by a succession of ever changing female co-stars. At least, he kept the same car - a 1949 open top Triumph Roadster 2000. Well he didn't actually - during the rigours on TV filming, the producers went through 3 identical models between 1981 and 1991. We circled over the azure blue waters of St Ouen Bay to land from a westerly direction. The North Sea never looks this ... read more
St Helier
Battery Moltke
Battery Moltke

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey September 24th 2017

This week, I’m writing a series of blogs about our visit to Jersey. This charming island has so much to offer that trying to write about our week in one blog is impossible. Jersey is a gem of an island, less than an hour’s flight from the grim north of the UK. Yet, surprisingly, the difference between the hues of the sky, the temperature on your bare skin and the ambience of a morning walk is like chalk and cheese. With several cheap airlines frequently completing the slightly bumping landing on the runway, it covers all the superlatives you can think of for a perfect holiday. The largest of the Channel Islands, situated just 22 miles from the coast of France, Jersey will satiate the needs of the craziest and laziest! Drive or bus it from ... read more
Walk to Devil's Hole
Northern clifftops.

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey September 1st 2015

1stSept Much nicer day today so we set off. We had another boat rafted off us and they were going on a ferry trip at 10:00 so we had to leave earlier than planned. Never mind. We fuelled up and then went to a waiting pontoon to wait for the tide. No point fighting against the massive tides and currents they have running round these islands. Finally at 1230 it was time to go. Had a lovely sail all day. It was a bit slow in parts, but sunny, calm and just so nice to be sailing. We couldn’t enter over the sill in Jersey before 1830 anyway, so no rush to get there. Around the bottom of Jersey the current really kicked in and we were doing 6kts easily. We were a bit early, but ... read more

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey July 9th 2015

Why Jersey? Well, is a place that Blu has always wanted to go, as was the home of Gerald Durrell and his wildlife park, and Blu has been a big Durrell fan since he was a child. So, after a rather bad nights sleep at Bournemouth, due to some very drunk young people staying at the hotel, we took the Channel Ferry over. A large fast ferry, takes about 5 hours to get there via a stop at Guernsey. Our first night we stayed at Gorey, a small fishing village that sits under a castle, very atmospheric. We were up at the hostel on top of the hill so we had a steep climb up from the bus stop at the pier, not so good on a hot day. The hostel was rather strange, a huge ... read more
leaving Poole, Dorset
Entering Jersey Harbour
Gorey Pier and Castle

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey » St Helier March 30th 2013

Just trying to squeeze in a few more school reports before being picked up by Mum to take us to the airport. At the moment, I'm most looking forward to going somewhere above 4 degrees. My feet are freezing.... read more

Tot: 0.157s; Tpl: 0.006s; cc: 10; qc: 79; dbt: 0.0849s; 1; m:domysql w:travelblog (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.3mb