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Europe » Channel Islands » Guernsey November 22nd 2021

Lihou Island, the Most Westerly Channel Island A quarter of a mile off the west coast of Guernsey, Lihou island is a small heaven of peace and beauty, only accessible by foot when the causeway is uncovered. Gill took us across the tidal causeway where just a couple of hours earlier the area would have been completed covered by the sea and the island cut off. On the walk across parts of the causeway had granite blocks deeply imbedded these were created to help the horses and ponies take a less perilous walk when shifting supplies. On the island we saw the ruins of the priory of St. Mary which is believed to have been established by Benedictine monks in the 12th century. The monks of the priory were by no means generally popular with the ... read more

Europe » Channel Islands » Guernsey January 24th 2021

21st January Guernsey - St.Peter’s Port Despite being a relatively small island, Guernsey’s history is long and fascinating. Inhabited since prehistory, it became part of the Duchy of Normandy in the 10th century. The Channel Islands came under the British crown when William, Duke of Normandy invaded England in 1066 and seized the crown. A fascinating fact is that even today, the Queen’s title in the Bailiwick of Guernsey is that of the Duke of Normandy, the local toast being, a little bizarrely, ‘The Queen, Our Duke’. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a Crown Dependency, meaning that the Queen is the head of state but it is self-governing. The island prints its own banknotes, including the £1 note, but theirs is not a separate currency, just a local issue of Sterling, with the same value as ... read more

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 » Guernsey December 18th 2019

Dear All Greetings once more. This is my third and final blog entry for my pre-Christmas mini trip to the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It was a lovely end to my lovely little trip exploring more of these British Isles, coming to realise that Great Britain, although the largest, is certainly not the only island in this beautiful corner of the world. I feel I would like to explore more of this island nation I call home, there are plenty more islands to choose from in the future – the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland are all calling, at some point hopefully in the not-too-distant future. For now I was content to complete my explorations of Guernsey, and on my second full day on the island, I was planning to explore the northern and eastern parts. ... read more
World War II Memorabilia, Guernsey Occupation Museum
The Guardian of the Tomb
The Island of Guernsey from the Air!

Europe » Channel Islands » Guernsey December 17th 2019

Dear All Greetings again! I believe I last left off having just arrived back from the stark island of Sark, after an amazing two days of rural, island explorations. My third day of my trip was my first full day of explorations this time on the comparatively much larger island of Guernsey. I had two full days, and decided to split the island in two – on my first day I’d explore the south and west, and on the second day, the north and east – simple! It was a small enough island anyway, and at only 25 square miles, is almost half the size of its Channel Island neighbour, Jersey. There was plenty of time to explore this small, triangular-shaped island. Unfortunately most of the tourist sights were closed during the winter season, including the ... read more
Coastal View
Blue Post Box
La Gran'mere de Chimquiere

Europe » Channel Islands » Sark December 16th 2019

Dear All Greetings! I am currently in my lovely home in London, but have just recently completed a mini pre-Christmas break to the Channel Islands, once more. Once more, as this time last year, I spent a few days on the lovely little Channel Island of Jersey – this year I decided to spend some time on Jersey’s sister island, just 27 miles away, and booked five nights to explore the Bailiwick of Guernsey just before Christmas. I had a lovely little time there, Guernsey being an even smaller, cuter version of Jersey, and I aim to write up about my time there over the course of three blogs, starting with this one. So on the Saturday following the end of term, I flew Guernsey’s very own tiny airline company, Aurigny (pronounced oh-reeny) from nearby Gatwick ... read more
Dixcart Bay
View from the Windmill
The "Toaster Rack" and Tractor

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

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