Email no 8 from jersey
Jun 27, 2011
Spent a wondrful week on Guernsey in the Channel Islands on a walking holiday with Ramblers a group I did a few trips with in Italy in the past . 20 of us, a good group all from UK except for me and two from Perth.
From Guernsey we did a day trip to Sark, a nearby island with no motor vehicles except tractors - very quiet and picturesque . Another day some of us went to another small island called Herm only 500 acres and again no traffic It had some nice beaches but quite cold so no swimming
On one walk we saw a very odd little church - very quaint - built to resemble a minitature Lourdes and made from broken Wedgewood and shells. You'd be lucky to fit 3 people in it
On Saturday we transferred by ferry to Jersey. Five of the Guernsey group came on. A much more developed island and not as nice as Guernsey. Lots of shops. Very interesting war tunnels built during the German occupation during the WW2 by prisoners. Mainly Russians but also spaniards and others
Weather cool or cold , rain two days but not enough to stop us walking.
The Channel islands are independent of the UK for all but defence. Were once part of France and still have street names in French and many French looking buildings. About 90000 people on Jersey and 60000 on Guernsey. Quite a bit of rivalry between the two islands. For me Guernsey has a better feel to it - less developed.
Lovely gardens - people seem very house proud
Fran may be interested that there was a display about Violet Szabo there and a photo of Tania accepting her medal. Tania now lives here on Jersey
Tomorrow is a free day and I'm off to St Malo by ferry. There's a pool at this hotel and very good food.
No more for now - off to dinner