In August this year I am off to Guernsey, (One of the Channel Islands) for a fortnight. I spent many a happy, what used to be called the 7weeks holidays over there as a child and enjoyed every minute of it. And have been there since, and still enjoyed it just as much. I suppose in a way I am fairly lucky as my Nana lives in Guernsey, so I don’t have the problem of finding a hotel. I booked a direct flight from Manchester (UK) last week for £135. From: www.aurigny.com I have seen cheap breaks being offered in local newspapers though, so if you fancy a quiet relaxing holiday I suggest you go there. The island is only tiny so you won’t have any trouble getting around. You don’t need a passport from UK unless you are planning to pop over to France for the day. If France is not your scene you can visit Jersey, Herm, Alderney or Sark you have a varied selection of different places to visit. My Nanas house is positioned on top of a cliff, after the early morning sea mist has cleared you can very often see Jersey on a clear day from her bedroom window. My Nanas house is also positioned right between 2 beaches. Moulin Huet (pronounced Mulin wet) and Saints bay. To get to Moulin Huet from my Nanas I have to walk down about 200 steps that wind down the cliff. (There is a café at the bottom. Thank Goodness) If I want to go to Saints bay the walk is just a winding slope with a few steps. Both of these beaches are relatively small which is ideal if you have got small children who tend to wander. This is an island and no matter where you turn you are sure to find a beach. Whether you are looking for a sheltered cove or a sandy beach you will find it here. Now lets think of food…when I am on holiday my diet goes out of the window. Guernsey has fantastic restaurants and bars where you can scoff till you drop they serve all types of cuisine. Seafoods being one o f there specialities. (Who can resist fresh crab or lobster)? Some places can be pretty expensive but that is up to you to shop around. The wine and spirits in the supermarkets are cheaper than UK mainland. What shall we do today? Go and visit the shell chapel, It is a tiny little chapel built from shells and broken pots/china. You can only just about get in there. It is a miniature version of Basilica at Lourdes, and is a beautiful place to visit. Or if you choose, you can visit the German underground military hospital. The curved roof of the hospital drips water on you from above. It is darkish, damp and eerie but it gives you an insight as to how things were. Very interesting place to visit. Or take a visit to St Peter Port where you will see the very picturesque harbour, and also you will be able to visit Castle Cornet, That dates back to the 13th Century. If you are lucky enough to be in Guernsey when the annual flower show is on (I know that sounds boring) you must take a visit. It is a full day out. The things they make out of flowers are absolutely amazing. Giant birds/ ships/ roundabouts…. The list goes on. Guernsey is renowned for its flowers especially freesias. There are so many things to see I cannot possibly list them all. Lets go shopping. St Peter Port and St Sampson’s are the places to go if shopping is your thing, they sell everything from jewellery/ perfume/ alcohol/cigarettes/clothes, without VAT. If your looking for clothes though, their ranges are sometimes exclusive and may seem expensive to the average shopper. The Guernsey cow. What an odd thing to write about…these cows are so pretty, yes pretty. They are medium orangey brown, not black and white, they are quite big and if you look at their beautiful brown eyes your heart will melt, and when you have a glass of fresh Guernsey milk our milk will never compare again. If you are into fishing take your rod with you. Now a bit of info for the party goers. If Ibiza is your thing….Don’t go to Guernsey. This is an idyllic holiday if you like cliff path walks and beaches, dropping into a bar on the way back to your base, enjoying a drink or two outside, watching the sun go down. It has got a distinct French feeling. I love it, the people of Guernsey are so relaxed, not like us rush, rush, rush. If I could afford to buy a house there I would be gone tomorrow. Well that’s all for now if I think of anything else I will sure do an update. Thanks for the read…..gill
A couple of weeks ago I found myself on a small aircraft bound for the Ilsand of Gurensey. I was going to be staying in St Peter Port and I was expecting to find a small, sleepy fishing village. I was pleasantly surprised! I got a Hire Car from the Airport and began the drive to St Peter Port. I could not find my hotel at all and ended up going round and round. I ended up in Car Parks and dead ends and only just stopped myself in time from going up the pedestrian shopping area. In the end I asked a passer by who had seen me drive past 4 times already. The streets are quite narrow and I wouldn't advise anyone to hire a big car. Also you should pick up a street map. These are usually in hotels, at the Airport etc and are free. We found our hotel and had a walk about the town which was very pretty. There was lots to do. There are sightseeing attractions such as the German Underground museum. There are plenty of shops from High St names to knick knack shops. There are many pubs which all had a friendly atmosphere. The food was lovely and there is a good choice of restaurants to suit every budget and taste. One particularly great place was Christy's. This had a wide menu and was reasonably priced. It was also buzzing and very friendly. In the evening I was lucky enough(!) to find an Elvis Karaoke Bar. This provided great entertainment. Then there was a choice of nightclubs which shocked me as I thought the Island would only have about one! It was called 54 and it was £3 to get in and drinks were only £2. On my next day I drove round the Island. It was very pretty and as it is only 7x9 miles you can easily drive round it in less than a day. Altogether, Guernsey was great. I would go back. It is only a 45 minute journey, currency is the same and there is plenty to do.