A week in the Channel Islands

We have just spent a great week walking and sightseeing in the Channel Islands, starting in Jersey, moving on to Guernsey with a side trip to Sark.

Jersey and Guernsey have cars and other motor vehicles but low max speed limits of around 40mph and plenty of designated green routes where speeds are even slower, so great for walking. Pics above include two of the world’s greatest golfers (top right!), the lovely Brelade Bay in the late afternoon complete with lifesavers, and the entrance to the Jersey war tunnels which has a great exhibition of Jersey during the Occupation in WW2.

Below are some pics from Guernsey, the book and movie The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society have obviously spurred on some tourism efforts – souvenirs in lots of places. Didn’t try the potato peel pie! The top right pic, Official Notice, is a photo from a museum. Lots (particularly children) did evacuate, with families being split up for years. A long occupation and lots of privation. Along the coast were towers and fortifications built by the English against the French interspersed with fortifications built by the Germans against the English. Lovely walks again, with plenty of warnings about golf balls, lots of blackberries in the hedge rows and fantastic coastal scenery.

We took the ferry across to Sark from Guernsey and spent a wonderful day wandering there. No cars at all. Horse drawn vehicles, tractors and bicycles or walking are the only way to get around! As you can see from the pics the day was spectacular and we couldn’t get lost as the island is very small!

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