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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Visit to Guernsey

At the end of March, Jayne and I enjoyed a short break in Guernsey. I thought perhaps you might like to hear a little bit about it, and see some of the photos I took.

For those who don't know, Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands, a small group of islands between Britain and France. Guernsey (like the other Channel Islands) is a British Crown dependency, though it's not part of the United Kingdom. Guernsey is the second largest Channel Island after Jersey, which we visited a couple of years ago (see this post).

We stayed at a hotel called the Bon Port, which is in the parish of St Martins, in the south-east of the island. Being so early in the season, it was very quiet. Indeed, on our first night we were the only guests in the hotel! It was a good break, though, and great to be out and about breathing the sea air rather than sitting in front of my computer as usual.

Although the weather could fairly be described as mixed (at one point we were caught in a hailstorm!), we didn't let it stop us seeing what the island had to offer. We had a day in St Peterport, the capital, where we spent some time exploring the historic Castle Cornet and its museums.

On another day, when the weather was bad, we took the rep's advice and hopped on a number 7 bus, which took us all around the island for just 60p (about $1). This was a great way of seeing the whole of the island's coastline. It illustrates how small Guernsey is that, even with regular stops and starts, the entire circuit took little over an hour.

Photos, then. Here's a picture of the two of us enjoying breakfast at the hotel. Note the freesias, for which Guernsey is famous.

Here's one of several tableaux in the museum at Castle Cornet, showing how the castle barracks might have looked in the 18th century (I think). And yes, we did ask if it was OK to take photos!

This is a tea-room which we discovered while walking along the cliff path from the hotel. Those mugs of hot chocolate were very welcome!

You can see more of the photos I took in Guernsey on my Picasa album page.

Finally, here's a video clip of the view from the balcony of our hotel room. It's not the most exciting video you'll ever see, and the quality isn't great, but it may give you some idea why we thought it was well worth paying the extra for a sea view!

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Incidentally, if anyone else is thinking of visiting Guernsey, I do recommend the Bon Port. Not only does it have a great location with spectacular views, the food is also first rate. It is a little bit remote, however, so if you're not keen on walking I'd recommend hiring a car, or else booking somewhere a little closer to the main bus routes!

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Blogger Cynde Lou said...

Dear Mr. Daws,
I thoroughly enjoyed the photos in your Picasa album page. You took some fabulous shots of the Moulin Huet bay; the harbour at St. Peterport; the Castle Cornet museum; the view of All Saints Bay from the balcony of your room, as well as several other photos.
It's easy to see how exquisite the view from your balcony at the hotel was in the little video that you posted on your blog; the birdsong in the background made me feel almost as if I was really there myself!
My husband isn't very happy with you at the moment; I keep bugging him about taking me to Guernsey for a short visit. After seeing the photos of the Hotel Bon Port, I really want to stay there. By the and Jayne make an adorable couple.
Thanks for sharing your photos. You did a great job!
Cynde L. Hammond
"The Write Stuff"

8:26 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Cynde. You'll make me blush!

Yes, Guernsey is a lovely place, and even more laid-back than Jersey, if that's possible. We definitely plan to go again, though next time we'll try to make it a little later in the year, when the weather should be a bit better!

9:38 AM  

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